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Half a Million Thanks to You!

Together, WE DID IT!

We’re so happy and proud to announce that we exceeded our fundraising goal and raised $50,922. This means, that once again we’ll be able to distribute $500,000.00 to our grantees this year! That’s half a million dollars supporting something truly invaluable–trans justice led by grassroots, trans leadership across the country. 

 Over 200 individuals donated, which is awe-inspiring and humbling. We can’t thank you enough for all your generosity and support! We truly couldn’t do this without you. 

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Introducing 2018 TJFP Community Grantmaking Fellow, Keiva Lei Cadena!

A huge welcome to Keiva Lei Cadena!

Keiva Lei is a Native Hawaiian Transgender Woman. She was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and has called Honolulu, Hawaii home for the last 20 years. She works as the Community Engagement Coordinator at Life Foundation in Honolulu, where she plans and facilitates programs, retreats, events, and groups, designed to empower, educate, support, and cultivate leadership and advocacy amongst the HIV+ community across the state of Hawaii. She has been living with HIV since August of 2014. Keiva works tirelessly across the country focusing on the decriminalization of HIV, eliminating stigma amongst and against the HIV+ community and rejecting the marginalization of human rights for the Trans community, especially Trans Women of Color. She sits on the Positively Trans National Advisory Board and is a 2017 graduate of NMAC’s Building Leader of Color – BLOC Program. At home, along with her partner Kevin, Keiva cares for her 16 year old daughter Maddisen and her 1 year old granddaughter Makayla. She is strongly connected to her Native Hawaiian heritage and is an award winning Hula dancer since the age of three.

 

We are so excited and grateful for your energy and wisdom!

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TJFP 2018 Application Deadline Approaching on 2/15!

Please spread the word that our application deadline is this Thursday February 15th, 2018 at 12 Midnight EST!

Now is the time to apply or encourage others!

Is Your Group Eligible for a TJFP Grant?

  • Are you a group?
  • Are you a grassroots, trans justice group run by and for trans people?
  • Is your group’s total budget less than $250,000?
  • Are you located in the United States or Puerto Rico?
  • Are you centering the leadership of trans people organizing around their experiences with racism, economic injustice, transmisogyny, ableism, immigration, incarceration, and other intersecting oppressions?
  • Are you meeting the needs of different local communities and using organizing and/or providing services to help bring people together?
  • Do you see your work as part of a bigger picture of trans-led work that seeks dignity and justice for all people?

TJFP does not fund individuals.

You do not need to be a 501c3 non-profit or have a fiscal sponsor to apply!

 

 

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Hot off the press! TJFP’s 2017 annual report is here!

We’re so excited to share with you TJFP’s 2017 annual report!

Because TJFP has the most incredible family and friends, we had the honor of moving half a million dollars to 153 trans-led grassroots groups across the country last year. We hope you’ll take the opportunity to learn more about these fierce folks by viewing our 2017 annual report! They are history in the making.

Also… applications are now open for 2018 TJFP grants! Please review the eligibility criteria and apply!  The deadline to apply is 2/15/2018 so spread the word and share widely!

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TJFP to receive the Out for Impact Award!

TJFP is so honored to be receiving the Out for Impact Award from Funders for LGBTQ Issues at their 35th anniversary celebration, The Pride in Philanthropy Awards! TJFP is being recognized for our leadership supporting grassroots trans-led groups across the country, empowering transgender leaders in community-based organizations and in philanthropy, and transforming the conversation around impactful grantmaking within trans communities.

Thank you Funders for LGBTQ Issues for this momentous award!

 

The Pride In Philanthropy Awards: Thursday November 2nd, 4pm – 7pm at the Flatiron Room, 37 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10010

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Introducing 2017 TJFP Community Grantmaking Fellow, Mattee Jim!

We are so excited to announce our final 2017 TJFP fellow, Mattee Jim!

Mattee is of the Zuni People Clan and born for the Towering House People Clan, this is how she identifies herself as a Navajo Person. Mattee currently works as a Supervisor for HIV Prevention Programs for First Nations Community HealthSource in Albuquerque, NM. Mattee is also a Board Member for the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico, and A member of the Southwest Indigenous Women’s Coalition Native LGBTQ. Mattee has been Blessed to have many years of Sobriety and also takes honor in being a Mentor, Advocate, role model, Trainer, Consultant, Leader, and a Strong Native Transgender Woman.

We are so looking forward to spending time and learning from your brilliance!

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Introducing 2017 TJFP Community Grantmaking Fellow, Cathy Kapua!

cathykapuaTJFP is so excited to introduce the first of our six Community Grantmaking Fellows, Cathy Kapua!

Cathy Kapua hails from O`ahu, Hawaii and has worked with the transgender community since 2003. Cathy started as a Peer Educator and Employment Specialist at a transgender social service organization called Kulia Na Mamo. She then moved on to become an HIV Prevention Specialist at the Life Foundation working with transgender women who engage in survival sex work. Cathy has since worked on several federally funded projects specific for the transgender community and has provided culturally competency trainings to medical service providers in an effort of raising awareness of the needs of the transgender community in Hawaii. Cathy is currently the Kuaana Project Coordinator at the Life Foundation offering a variety of social services to the Native Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific Island transcommunity by utilizing peers to empower others within the transgender community. Being a role model for the young transgender community in Hawai`i drives Cathy’s passion to continue her advocacy within the healthcare and social service fields. For more information on the Kuaana Project, please visit the website at www.kuaanaproject.org

We’re looking forward to building with you Cathy!

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We shouldn’t have to do this alone

As we prepare for our community-led grantmaking weekend, we’ve been keeping in our hearts the amazing trans justice activists and organizers  who are fiercely dedicated to social justice. From the activists protesting the hateful anti-trans bills popping up across the country to the trans-led support groups in small towns keeping each other safe and healthy–we are deeply grateful for the movement.

Over the past year, TJFP has been on our “From the Ground to the Sky” listening tour, sitting with trans activists and organizers to learn more about their important work. This past winter, we had the pleasure of hearing from Renae Gray, a Native American trans activist from Gallup, NM. Her story inspires us to continue to work together as a movement for trans justice, because “we shouldn’t have to go through these challenges alone.”

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Introducing 2016 Panelist, Fabian Romero!

Fabian Romero, 2016 TJFP Panelist

Fabian Romero, 2016 TJFP Panelist

A very warm welcome to TJFP’s third 2016 panelist, Fabian Romero.

Fabian is a Queer Indigenous writer, performance artist and activist. They co-founded and participated in several writing and performance groups including Hijas de Su Madre, Las Mamalogues and Mixed Messages: Stories by People of Color. Their sincere writing stems from their intersections of privileges and marginalizations. You can read their work in several zines and publications including Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, Untangling the Knot: Queer Voices on Marriage, Relationships & Identity, Queer and Trans Artists of Color: Stories of Some of our Lives and in Writing the Walls Down: A Convergence of LGBTQ Voices. Fabian was born in Michoacán, Mexico and came to North America when they were seven years old. Since 2007 they have performed and facilitated workshops throughout North America.  They have a BA with a focus in Social Justice Writing and Education and will be pursuing a higher ed degree, TBD. Find more of their work at fabianromero.com.

Looking forward to your brilliance Fabian!

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Take Action and Get Involved–Our Communities Are Under Attack!

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Our communities are under attack. With the recent anti-trans and anti-worker bill that was passed in North Carolina this week, the murder of Quartney Davia Dawsonn-Yochum, a transgender woman of color in Los Angeles, California (Quartney Davia Dawsonn-Yochum is the seventh reported trans woman to be murdered this year) and the continued discrimination and violent attacks against queer transgender and gender non conforming people of color across the country– we are under attack.

Recently, TJFP and the Transgender Law Center partnered to launch the National Training Institute for TGNC leaders who are working tirelessly to combat these attacks against our community. We encourage you learn more about the institute and find a grassroots trans-led trans justice group in TJFP’s directory and fight for trans justice in your local community.

This is the time to take action and get involved. Our communities need our support. Please help TJFP fund the trans justice movement by donating anything you can to our 2016 fundraising campaign.  Every dollar makes a difference. There really is no donation too small.

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