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Introducing 2020 TJFP Community Grantmaking Fellow, Nicole Fernandes!

We’re over the moon about the fifth of our six 2020 TJFP grantmaking fellows, Nicole Fernandes!

Nicole Fernandes is a South Asian Trans Woman new to the world of philanthropy. She comes from a more direct service and grassroots background, having worked at the LGBT Center of New York, and participating as a fellow at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. Currently, she is the Finance and Administrative Associate at Funders for LGBTQ Issues where she is beginning her career in philanthropy. Nicole finds joy in binge watching shows with her sisters and making a mess with acrylic paints.

Thank you for bringing your wisdom and generosity to this years grantmaking process!

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Introducing 2020 TJFP Community Grantmaking Fellow, Kayla Gore!

TJFP is so excited to introduce our third of six Community Grantmaking Fellows, Kayla Rena Gore!

Kayla Rena Gore works to help to coordinate homeless services, conduct direct outreach and advocate for the rights of TLGBQ people, especially  transgender women as the Co-Founder and Executive Director of My Sistah’s House. She studied Sociology at Southwest. Her organizing work has includes fighting for housing equity for all people who are chronically homeless and advocating for the just treatment of transgender people by law enforcement, prison abolition and anything tied white patriarchy or rooted in Anti-Blackness. Her work has and always will be intersectional in not only in theory but in action.

We’re honored that you joined us this year and we’re looking forward to learning from you!

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Entering a new year with new staff at TJFP!

Images left to right: Cathy Kapua and Mattee Jim, 2017 TJFP Community Grantmaking Fellows; Micky Bradford, Úmi Vera, Zakia McKensey, Sammie Ablaza Wills, Priyank Jindal, 2019 Community Grantmaking Fellows; Demian Yoon at 2019 Philly Trans Wellness conference.

We are pleased to introduce Cathy Kapua and Demian Yoon as TJFP’s newest staff members, and Zakia McKensey as part of our brilliant facilitation team!

In 2017, Demian arrived at our office eager to volunteer and help in anyway he could. Even though we weren’t yet set up to handle volunteers, Demian proved to be patient and dedicated. He showed up week after week to assist with admin related tasks, quickly becoming an invaluable teammate. We are so lucky to have him onboard as the new Administrative Assistant!

That same year, former grantee Cathy Kapua joined the 2017 Community-led Grantmaking Fellowship crew. After completing her Fellowship, Cathy enthusiastically agreed to work with us a contractor helping us welcome and provide training as well as one on one support to our grantmaking fellows in 2018 and 2019. Cathy already came to TJFP with a long  track record of devotion and care for trans communities and trans justice. We’re overjoyed Cathy said yes to us one more time, and we’re honored to have her vision and leadership as our new Deputy Director!

Over the course of several years Cathy and Demian have given so much of themselves to make TJFP what it is today, and we can’t imagine doing this work without them.

Passing the Torch!

When TJFP was brand new and just starting to get up and running, we realized we would need an experienced, talented facilitator to help create a space for our community-led panel to make difficult and thrilling decisions selecting grantees and their award amounts. Having seen Nico Amador in action while facilitating for the Leeway Foundation’s artist and organizer funding panels it was obvious to us that he was ‘the one’! And he’s been facilitating TJFP from the very beginning! At first he facilitated solo before Andrea Jenkins and Glo Ross joined the facilitation team.

And now as we move into our 8th year Nico will be working closely with Cathy Kapua and 2019 TJFP Community Grantmaking Fellow Zakia McKensey, onboarding them and passing the torch to our new TJFP facilitation team! What a legacy of brilliant and fiercely dedicated facilitators!

Zakia has been a long time powershouse in Richmond, Virginia as founder and executive director of Nationz Foundation. Zakia is also a former grantee of TJFP and we can’t believe she said yes to joining us. We’re still fanning ourselves!

We invite you to celebrate this fabulous news with us by welcoming this dynamic team  Zakia, Cathy, and Demian to TJFP! We couldn’t be more proud to continue trusting and centering the leadership of Black, Indigenous, Brown, people of color who are trans, gender nonconforming, and non-binary! 

 

Cathy Kapua, Deputy Director

Cathy has worked with the transgender community since 2003, first starting off as a Peer Educator at Kulia Na Mamo, then eventually moving on to become the Transgender Service Manager at the Hawaii Health & Harm Reduction Center. Cathy is proud of her academic accomplishments in the University of Hawaii- West Oahu where she received a B.S. in Public Administration and continues to use these skills to help her Native Hawaiian community. She has been successful in advocating for transgender programming and providing culturally competency trainings throughout the nation but prides herself mainly on being a role model for younger transgender women in Hawai`i.

 

Zakia McKensey, Community Grantmaking Facilitator

Zakia is a native of Richmond, Virginia. She has been an active member of the LGBTQ community. For many years Zakia was a national performer and pageant competitor. She is a former Miss Gay Black America,  Miss Black National, Miss International Supermodel, Miss Godfrey’s and Miss Virginia Capitol Pride. She has worked for Fan Free Clinic where she was instrumental in creating the Transgender Clinic as well as Richmond City Health District, where she was a Disease Intervention Specialist and also the 1st African American Transgender Women to ever work for the health district.

October of 2015 she opened the Nationz Foundation a 501C3 organization that provides advocacy for transgender individuals as well as offering HIV/STI testing, Food Pantry, Emergency Housing and other supportive services to the Greater Richmond Metropolitan Area. Recently she acquired an RV to create a mobile testing unit to offer her services in communities where transportation is a barrier to access testing or safer sex items and food.

Zakia also works for the Virginia Anti-Violence Project where she serves as the Transgender Advocate, assisting individuals who have experiences of violence. She was named a 2018 Outstanding Virginian, by Equality Virginia. Zakia was honored with a Firework Award by Virginia Pride in 2018. In her free time she enjoys time with family and friends, traveling, competing and attending pageants, cooking and spending time with her dog Japan.

 

Demian Yoon, Administrative Assistant

Demian Yoon received his BA in English and minored in Religion at Haverford College. Since then, he’s worked in education (both indoor and outdoor) and currently splits his time between roles as an Administrative Assistant at Trans Justice Funding Project and a Trust & Safety Assistant at DonorsChoose. He is a New Yorker born and raised, now living in Brooklyn, and enjoys science fiction, educational podcasts, hiking, and spending time with his loved ones.

 

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Trans justice in this lifetime! 50k by 5/15!

In February we received 216 applications from across the country! That’s an outstanding amount of commitment for love and justice for our communities.

TJFP lovingly invites you to continue supporting trans justice and leadership with us! As always, ever dollar donated will go directly to our 2018 grantees.

Help us raise $50,000 before May 15th!

Together, this goal is possible. Please take a moment with our 2018 fundraising campaign, learn more about our grantees, and check out what we’ve been up to over the past year!
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From $1 to $50,000, there’s no donation too big or too small. Every dollar you give will go directly to this year’s grantees.  Each year the trans community is faced with enormous challenges and we have to remain committed to each other and our people. Let’s raise some money!

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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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The TJFP 2015 Report is Here!

TJFP-2015-annual-reportTJFP’s annual report is ready and waiting for you!

In 2015, our community grant making panel gave out 85 grants to trans-led, grassroots groups focused on trans justice. The panel prioritized supporting groups led by trans women of color at the highest level. Learn more about these amazing trans justice groups, TJFP’s latest funding structure update, and reflections from one of our amazing 2015 community funding panelists.

We promise you’ve never seen a report like this before!
Every penny we raise goes to our grantees with no restrictions and no strings attached, because we truly believe in trans leadership.
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