Ben Francisco Maulbeck has been President of Funders for LGBTQ Issues since December 2012. During his tenure at Funders, the organization’s annual revenue has quadrupled, and its membership has more than doubled, with a growing number of non-LGBTQ-focused foundations joining the network in recognition of the importance of LGBTQ issues. With his leadership, the organization has become the premiere resource hub on LGBTQ philanthropy, providing visually compelling reports and infographics as well as developing a new program to train and support foundations on LGBTQ inclusiveness. He led the development of reports, funder briefings, and resources to identify the unique ways that LGBTQ communities are affected by issues such as economic opportunity, education access, health, and racial equity. In collaboration with the staff, board, and growing network of members, he facilitated the launch of the Out in the South initiative to strengthen LGBTQ communities in the U.S. South, played a key role in helping funders respond to the tragic Pulse shooting, and oversaw the development of the Grantmakers United for Trans Communities (GUTC) Initiative to expand trans inclusion in both philanthropic funding and institutional practices.
From 2007 through 2012, Maulbeck worked at Hispanics in Philanthropy (“HIP”), most recently serving as Vice President. During his time at HIP, he played a leadership role in launching several new programs and initiatives, including a national Latino aging initiative and a funding collaborative to strengthen education nonprofits in Puerto Rico. He also oversaw the continued success of the Funders’ Collaborative for Strong Latino Communities, a multimillion-dollar initiative to build the capacity of Latino-led nonprofits, ranging from Latino community centers and theaters to economic development programs and policy advocacy groups.
Prior to his service at HIP, Maulbeck served as the director of programs for the William Way LGBT Community Center and as a program associate at The Philadelphia Foundation. He also has significant experience providing independent consulting services to nonprofits and funders, specializing in grantmaking, fundraising, and organizational development. His consulting clients have included Philanthropy New York, Spiral Q Puppet Theater, the Urban Affairs Coalition, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, and the Genocide Intervention Network.
Maulbeck earned a bachelor of arts at Swarthmore College and a master of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, where his areas of study included participatory leadership, social marketing, and international political economy. His volunteer service has included the leadership of the boards of Galaei (formerly the Gay & Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative) and the Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project (“CHAMP”), steering both organizations through periods of executive transition. For more than ten years, he has been an active leader in the CHANGE Philanthropy coalition, helping guide its transition from the Joint Affinity Groups (JAG) into a more active, public-facing network providing crucial leadership for the advancement of racial and social justice in the philanthropic sector.
In his spare time, Maulbeck writes fiction under the name Ben Francisco, with stories published in Best Gay Stories 2012, Realms of Fantasy and From Macho to Mariposa: New Gay Latino Fiction.