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American Jewish World Service


American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is the leading Jewish organization working to end poverty and promote human rights in the developing world. Through grantmaking and advocacy, AJWS works to advance sexual health and rights, civil and political rights and the right to land, food and water for millions of people around the globe.


AJWS is the fourth largest U.S.-based funder of global LGBTI rights worldwide. Since 2005, AJWS has invested nearly $9.5 million in global LGBTI rights. In 2013 alone, AJWS provided nearly $3 million to support the critical work of 47 organizations promoting the rights of LGBTI people in 14 countries. With this support, AJWS’s grantees are speaking out, and pursuing inclusion, security and equality for sexual minorities.

AJWS works with hundreds of courageous activists in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean who are advancing the rights of women, girls, ethnic minorities, LGBT people, and other marginalized groups.

AJWS believes that community development cannot take place where human rights are denied, so AJWS works with and funds local grassroots organizations to empower people to defend and advance their own rights. AJWS helps organizations that conceive their own visions and plans and that involve local people and communities in implementation. AJWS values multi-year partnerships and believes in the importance of supporting nascent organizations. In the case of its LGBT grantees, AJWS is often among the first donors to provide operational—as opposed to project—funding.

To learn more about AJWS’s work defending LGBTI rights globally, click here.

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