From the Ground to the Sky:
TJFP’s April Fundraising Campaign
This February we received 144 applications for our 2015 grant cycle—37% more than last year! Help us build trans justice from the ground to the sky by raising money to support the amazing work of trans-led, grassroots trans justice groups across the country. Our goal is to raise $15,000 by April 23.
These are just a few of the many groups we’ve funded over the last two years.
Check out this directory of our grantees and applicants for more inspiration.
Our Campaign Goal
In 2013, our first year, we gave away $50,000 to 22 grantees from across the country. In 2014, we gave away $150,000 to 68 grantees. This year we aim to give away even more! We’ve been raising money all year, but our goal is to make one last big push and raise $15,000 before our grantmaking meeting on April 24th. Will you help us do it?
Our operating expenses have already been covered, so every dollar you give will go directly to this year’s grantees.
What We Do and Why We Do It
The Trans Justice Funding Project (TJFP) is a community-led funding initiative that supports grassroots, trans justice groups run by and for trans and gender non-conforming people. We center the leadership of trans people bringing their own experiences with racism, economic injustice, transmisogyny, ableism, immigration, incarceration, and other oppressions to their work, and who are thinking deeply about how these oppressions intersect.
Many of our grantees don’t have non-profit status or a fiscal sponsor, and they are all small groups with budgets ranging from $0 to $250,000.
We believe in the power of local, grassroots groups like these to respond to people’s immediate and long-term needs, to help create compassionate, resilient communities, and to fight for lasting, systemic change. And we believe in the power of community-led grantmaking to redistribute resources to these groups in a way that is accountable, effective, and strategic.
For us, community-led means trusting and supporting trans leadership. We keep our grant process simple and quick, so that groups can get back to their real work. We believe that a short application—and a wise and experienced activist panel to read it—is all it takes to make informed funding decisions. We give unrestricted funds because we think our grantees know best how to use that money. We love to learn from the leaders we support and to share their work far and wide, but we don’t have site visits and we don’t require any reporting. And each year we work hard to put together a geographically diverse, intergenerational, multi-ability, multi-racial panel of passionate new and established trans justice activists to make the grant decisions. We are deeply committed to removing barriers and building access so that community members who are most affected by intersecting oppressions are able to participate in this process with us.
Why do we do all this? The fact is, there is almost no funding for trans justice work, especially trans-led, grassroots, local work. And when wealthy donors and foundations control the giving process, it gives them way too much power over what gets done and how groups do it. The Trans Justice Funding Project is about investing in trans communities making decisions by and for ourselves.
Other Ways You Can Help
As a community, we have the ability to uplift and support each other in so many ways and this project is just one example in a long-history of community-led resistance and action. For folks not able to contribute through monetary donations, there are so many other ways to help. Right now, we’d be especially grateful for your help in spreading the word about this campaign!