Fund for Trans Writers

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I always say that I cannot fully understand the experience of another individual, but that I can have empathy. I can take that empathy, and put it towards positive action to further that understanding, in the hope of being a better ally. My voice is not crucial to this process, but yours is. If you are a trans writer, I can’t fully understand what the experience is like of attempting to exist in a world that is constantly fighting your ability to live & to love & to build a fresh, & new future, where it’s not just about acceptance, but understanding, & the freedom to be who you are, without fear. Even with my experiences as a person of colour, I carry privilege, and I often think of what I can do with that privilege to amplify the voices of others. I’ve never been a good writer, but there are a lot of individuals out there who have the ability to lift & to free others with their voice, & their words, and our world is continually fighting to silence these brilliant souls.We ask so much & give so little to individuals who are constantly fighting for survival in a hostile environment, & I find that unacceptable.

The Fund for Trans Writers is a $100,000.00 ongoing fundraising campaign that aims to provide an ongoing contribution/support to trans writers in Canada for their labour. Whether it’s financial support to attend conferences, process time for writing, or day-to-day assistance for living, the fund will be continually replenished in the hope that we can make the lives of trans writers a little easier, & safer. If you live within a world that is designed to be cruel to you, it’s important that we are at least able to help the creativity of the individual thrive & flourish. If it makes someone’s life a little easier, our tiny investment in their work is something that can work towards a better future for trans folk, & for all of us.

Our campaign will be ongoing, meaning it will not just be in the style of traditional crowdfunding, but take place on several levels through various initiatives. The goal is to be able to raise this amount of money by the Summer of 2019, & then work towards making it a sustainable fund for the foreseeable future. It is my hope that we have a large enough fund in place so that if a trans writer makes a request for assistance, there’s no delay, in case of emergency.

If we are to call ourselves a community, the only acceptable action is to have a mechanism in place where no one feels isolated or alone in their struggle. I am hoping that by creating this fund, and actively working on this campaign indefinitely, we can make the lives of the trans writer a little bit better.

If you are a donor, our organization is moving towards charitable status this year, so that we are better able to serve others. I’d be happy to discuss with you the status of our application, & future projects.

If you are a trans writer who wishes to apply, contact me at rahim@shootforthemoon.art & we’ll discuss how the process works. All correspondence will be kept confidential.

If you wish to give, I have decided to contribute $2000.00 to the fund to get us started (& I will continue to give to the fund as time proceeds) This means that funds will be available starting May 15th, 2019 & I am hoping that with your support, we can build on that number. Please click on the button below to take you to our secure donation page.

If you choose to donate $20.00 or more a month, I will provide to you 20 hours of fundraising consulting for free (This is a gift that is also transferable, so you have the option to give this to someone else, or to another organization, or to keep some of the hours, and gift the remaining time left to another) If the donation is higher than that, I'll provide the same amount of hours per dollar (If you donate $50.00 a month, I will provide 50 hours of fundraising consulting to you) This will include in-person or electronic tutorials on major donor acquisition, building a donor prospect base, right down to how to negotiate with any individual one-on-one. The idea is that if someone is going to support the fund, I want to be able to provide a service that can hopefully reward you financially many times over, in return (It feels like the right thing to do) As someone who has raised over a million dollars for various organizations (The CAMH foundation in support of reconstruction of their facilities, the National Ballet of Canada, & other non-profits) I’ll be more than happy to help you in your own endeavours. You can even ask me to do some fundraising on your behalf, if you wish. The idea, again, is that if you’re going to use your resources to invest in our writers, I am going to help you in return with my time & my skills.

If you do choose to become a monthly donor, ask me about this, and we’ll put together a package for you of fundraising consulting services, in return for your monthly contribution.

Thank you so much for being a part of this initiative. It’s a good thing when we are there for each other, friends. Let this be the start of building something beautiful together.

Strength to you,

Rahim

Amount Raised (As of July 3rd, 2019)

$7175.00

List of Contributors:

Rahim Ladha - $2000.00 (Ongoing)

Kim Pittaway - $100.00 (Ongoing)

Annick MacAskill - $40.00

Michael Melgaard - $50.00

Yilin Wang - $20.00

Lori O’Hara-Hoke - $30.00

Gwen Benaway - $100.00

Renee A McTavish - $30.00

Katalina Murrie - $20.00

Alexander Manley - $50.00

Bill Hanlon - $50.00

Anonymous - $500.00

Dr. A W Peet - $250.00 (ongoing)

Sarah Dowling - $50.00 (ongoing)

Derek Denis - $50.00

Aven McMaster - $20.00

Loretta Colton - $70.00 (Ongoing)

Amanda Earl - $20.00

Chelsea Braun - $100.00

Jenny L Ferguson - $20.00

Anonymous - $200.00

Heather Smyth - $100.00

Cathleen With - $100.00

A.H. Reaume - $500.00 (Ongoing)

June Scudeler - $100.00

Hsien Chong Tan - $125.00 (Ongoing)

Kat Grey - $50.00

Hazel Jane Plante - $100.00

Patricia Salah - $100.00

Nikki Zawadzki - $100.00

Melissa Boiko - $10.00

Soraya Gallant - $30.00

Dominik Parisien - $25.00

Marjorie Stintzi - $250.00

Chimedum Ohaegbu - $100.00 (Ongoing)

Meagan Black - $100.00

Tamara Jong - $20.00

Libe Garcia Zarranz - $100.00

Justin Ling - $100.00

Massy Books - $100.00

Mary Davies - $50.00

Deborah Reeves - $20.00

Ian Linkletter - $25.00

Anonymous - $20.00

Anonymous - $100.00

Jane Shi - $30.00

Aaron Kreuter - $100.00

John Elizabeth Stintzi - $30.00

Heather Joan Tam - $20.00

Tania De Rozario - $50.00

Nikki Shaffeeullah - $50.00

Sarah McCullough - $50.00

Linda Trinh - $30.00

Kathryn Mockler - $30.00

Danny Ramadan - $20.00

Anonymous - $50.00

Eugenia Zuroski - $40.00

Marika Prokosh - $50.00

Claire Kelly - $45.00 (Ongoing)

Denise Balkissoon - $50.00

Kelly Aiello - $40.00 (Ongoing)

Anonymous - $100.00

Andrew McArthur - $150.00

Carrie Jenkins - $100.00

Anonymous - $25.00

Zoe Imani Sharpe - $20.00

Aja Moore - $100.00

(Note: Ongoing means part or all of their contribution is on a monthly basis)

Recipients:

Kiera J. Anderson - $100.00 per week indefinitely

Sebastian Yūe - $50.00 to $100.00 per month indefinitely

Arielle Twist - $50.00 to $100.00 per month indefinitely

Anonymous - $50.00 to $100.00 per month definitely

Jaye Simpson - $50.00 to $100.00 per month indefinitely

Anonymous - $50.00 per week indefinitely

Eli Tareq Lynch - $50.00 to $100.00 per month indefinitely

Hazel Nightengale - $30.00 to $50.00 per month indefinitely

Rani Banerjee - $50.00 to $100.00 per month indefinitely

Beni Xiao - $50.00 to $100.00 per month indefinitely

Anonymous - $25.00 per week indefinitely

Tash McAdam - $50.00 to $100.00 per month indefinitely

RJ Lloyd - $50.00 to $100.00 per month indefinitely

(More to be announced)

Amount Presently Being Paid Out To Writers (over a 12 month period)

Weekly:

$9100.00

Monthly:

$5760.00 to $11,400.00

Total Funds Required At The Moment:

$14,860.00 to $20,500.00

Note:

The amounts you see here are the monies we’ve committed to writers over a one-year period, since at the moment we’re doing weekly/monthly payouts. The total amount is what we are owing to the writers, while the amount raised is what we have available. At the moment, for the commitments we’ve made, we haven’t raised enough for the commitments we’ve made, but fortunately with weekly/monthly payments, we have time to continue to raise funds & hopefully be able to level the amounts on a consistent basis of what we take in, and what we pay out.