Facing Forward: Presenting the ITF’s Strategic Plan (2021-2025)

The ITF is excited to share our Strategic Plan (2021-2025). You can download it here.

Trans rights are under attack across the globe, from the epidemic of violence against trans women of color, sex workers and immigrants, to the rise of anti-gender ideology that is fueling the backlash against hard fought progress. Trans activists are fighting for rights and justice with grit and grace in unbelievably hostile environments and with very limited resources. There is an urgent need to provide flexible funding to grassroots trans-led groups working on the frontlines. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to create new challenges and exacerbate existing inequities in the communities we support, and it has left an indelible mark on the philanthropic community as we all struggle to adapt and respond.

Despite these challenges, the ITF is well placed to direct much-needed resources where they need to go. Our participatory grantmaking model is founded upon trans leadership and decision-making at all levels, and we are deeply committed to embodying the adage of “nothing about us, without us” in every fiber of the organization because we know that our movements are best placed to come up with the strategies and solutions to make real lasting change in their communities. We hold the fundamental belief that there is a transformational potential of philanthropy when it is grounded in intersectionality and responsive and accountable to our movements. This is the ITFʼs first strategic plan and the culmination of an in-depth and engaged process of co-creation. Here are the four goals that will drive and propel our work over the next five years:

  1. Increase and expand the ITFʼs direct grantmaking to trans-led organizations with limited resources that are engaged in movement building activities.
  2. Build and sustain the ITF as an efficient, effective and independent participatory grantmaker.
  3. Increase the capacity of grantee partners to secure additional funds and effectively respond to the needs of their communities.
  4. Catalyze more and better funding for global trans movements through philanthropic advocacy and be acknowledged as the leading expert in international trans funding.

What drives our work is imagining a world where all trans people are safe and free, and can live with dignity and respect. A world where we uplift and celebrate our diverse communities’ unstoppable creativity, joy, defiance and innovation to make change. A world where trans movements are resourced, resilient and robust, working intersectionally to promote liberation and transform inequities. We are building a future where gender diversity is celebrated and where trans people have the power to live as our true, authentic selves in communities across the globe.

Broden Giambrone
Director, International Trans Fund

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