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Survey on Community Capacity Needs

Capacity needs of trans, gender diverse and intersex (TGDI) and wider LGBTQI+ activists and organizations

This survey is also available in SpanishFrench and Russian.

What is this survey about?

Trans, gender diverse and intersex communities are often under-resourced, with their capacity needs regularly going unacknowledged and unmet. Since the early 2010s, anti-gender movements (an umbrella term that encompasses groups that sometimes might be referred to as gender critical, far-right, ultranationalist, ultraconservative, and trans-exclusionary radical feminists/TERFS) have demonstrated the capacity to impact and restrict the environment for LGBTIQ+ rights and feminist organizing on a global scale. Trans and gender diverse persons have always been at the heart of anti-gender movement attacks (find out more in GATE’s 2022 report Anti-gender mobilizing: Global and Regional Conversations).

In 2017, GATE, Astraea and AJWS conducted studies into the state of trans, gender diverse and intersex organizing.

  • The State of Intersex Organizing (2017) found that intersex groups reported high levels of capacity-building needs related to organizational development, including fundraising and grant writing (79.4%), budgeting and financial management (76.5%), monitoring and evaluation (71.0%) and developing effective programs and services (71.0%). 
  • The State of Trans Organizing (2017) report found that trans groups wanted skills training in fundraising and grant writing (79%), and budgeting and financial management (70%).

Why take this survey?

The purpose of this survey is to build upon these 2017 reports by helping GATE to identify the capacity needs of TGD & LGBTQI organizations/collectives in order to mobilize resources to support capacity building and skills and knowledge sharing. In particular, your responses will help us learn more about the capacity needs of trans, gender diverse, and wider LGBTQI organizations in the light of anti-gender opposition.

How will we use your responses?

Based on the findings, GATE will seek resources to support the capacity development of TGD and LGBTQI organizations and collectives. For this purpose, the findings may be shared with donors and/or partner organizations. This means that our capacity-building work will be informed by TGD and LGBTQI organizations’ and collectives’ analysis of their needs.

Who should take part in this survey?

If you are part of an organization or an unregistered collective that works on trans, gender diverse, or wider LGBTQI communities and issues, then we are interested in hearing from you! 

It takes about 5 minutes to fill out this questionnaire. If you have any problems accessing this survey or would like to give us some feedback, please contact GATE at research@gate.ngo with the subject line Capacity Needs Survey.

Please note, this is an anonymous survey, and you will not be asked for personally identifiable information. Participation in this research is voluntary. You do not have to complete any procedures or answer any questions you do not want to answer. You are free to withdraw from the study at any time without penalty.