The Physics of LGBTQ Funding: Momentum, Resistance, & Impact

Published: 8/8/2013
Author(s): Ben Francisco Maulbeck
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Every year for nearly a decade, Funders for LGBTQ Issues has released an annual report seeking to quantify and examine the amount and character of foundation grantmaking for LGBTQ communities. This brief paper seeks to build on those annual tracking reports by taking a longer and wider view. The title references physics as the study of things that are in motion, of how things interact and relate to each other. This paper looks at the movement of LGBTQ funding over time and how LGBTQ grantmaking has interacted with other trends in the philanthropic world and beyond. This paper also offers recommendations for increasing LGBTQ funding in the future.