Date of Award

Spring 2012

Degree Type

Professional Project - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Public Service


College of Professional Studies


The purpose of this research project is to analyze the current trends of individual charitable giving in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) population. Using current literature on both national trends and more specifically, trends in the Wisconsin and the Milwaukee areas, this researcher related these statistics to the local 501(c) (3) and 50l(c) (4) nonprofit organization, Equality Wisconsin. This research provides Equality Wisconsin with a comprehensive analysis oftheir current development strategy and identifies opportunities for financial growth and individual donor funding, demonstrated through data analysis. Taking an introspective look at the lesbian and gay population both in terms of population and giving trends, this researcher analyzed Equality Wisconsin's donor database in association with the limited literature surrounding the topic.



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