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Call for Applications to the Grant making Panel (GMP)

The International Trans Fund (ITF) is seeking applications from committed activists to be members of its Grant Making Panel (GMP). The deadline for submitting your application is Monday October 10 th 2022. Applications can be submitted in either English or Spanish, the two official working languages of the ITF.

Background

Trans groups across the globe remain severely under-resourced and operate with limited or no budgets. The State of Trans Organizing, a survey of 455 trans organizations conducted in 2016 by AJWS (American Jewish World Service), GATE (Global Action for Trans Equality) and Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, found that two out of five trans groups had zero external funding and only 40% received foundation funding. 56% of trans organizations operated on a budget of less than USD$10,000 yearly and over three-quarters (78%) had
annual budgets of less than USD$50,000. To address this disparity, a group of international trans activists and donors came together to create the International Trans Fund (ITF). The ITF is a participatory grantmaking fund made up of trans activists and supporting donors. The ITF aims to increase the capacity of the trans movement to self-organize and advocate for trans people’s rights, self-determination, and
wellbeing.

The purpose of the fund is to:

● To develop and sustain a mechanism to support trans-led groups of different sizes working on a range of issues at the international, regional, country and local levels, with emphasis on smaller groups with limited resources.
● To educate our peers in the philanthropic community on trans issues and influence other funders and strategic allies in trans related commitments and strategies.
● To increase and enhance access to resources to support trans movements by increasing financial resources dedicated to trans-led
organizations and groups; providing access to non-financial resources for trans organizations, such as skills building, organizational strengthening, leadership development and activist support; and improving advocacy in philanthropy to increase access to new donors.

GMP Meeting in Kenya 2019

What does “trans” mean to the ITF?

The ITF understands trans as a political term that defines the communities of people that we work with.  We use trans to define people whose gender identity or expression differs from their gender assigned at birth. Some of these people identify and present themselves as male or female; others identify with a non- binary gender category. These identities or expressions include trans women, trans men, fa’afafine, leiti, fakafifine, akava’ine, mahu, vakasalewalewa, palopa, Sistergirls, Brotherboys, whakawahine, tangata ira tane, muxhe, omeguid, travesti, two spirit, hijra, bandhu, mangalamukhi, kinnar, thirunangai, thirunambi, khwaja sira, meti, katoey, waria, mak nyah, kua xing nan, trans laki-laki, transpinay, transpinoy, kwaa-sing- bit, and transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, gender non-binary, gender diverse, gender non-conforming, and agender people – to name just a few.

As part of the ITF’s commitment to self-determination and decolonizing bodily oppressions, we are permanently committed and open to recognizing gender identities that emerge and that our communities claim within their socio-political contexts. These arise from the ongoing work of resistance and liberation that involves both the remembering and reimagining of gender identities and expressions. The ITF does not privilege any one gender identity or expression over another, including those communities who do not have specific terms to describe who they are.

ITF’s Grantmaking

The ITF is a participatory grantmaking fund and we take an activist-led approach that engages trans people in our grantmaking process. This means that trans people are actively involved at every stage, from determining funding priorities to reviewing applications and making decisions about which groups get funded. All eligible applications that are submitted to the ITF are reviewed
by our GMP.

GMP Meeting in Mexico 2017

Roles and Responsibilities of the GMP

The role of the GMP is to review grant proposals submitted to the ITF and make decisions on these grant applications in line with ITF’s priorities and principles. GMP members have the following responsibilities:
1. Participate in online GMP training.
2. Attend one annual in-person meeting (the meeting location changes each year) or virtual meeting which takes approximately 6 days
3. Take active part in online discussions, e-mail exchanges, and at least 75% of online meetings.
4. Lead and conduct grantmaking processes, including:

a. Encourage trans communities to apply for funding.
b. Review applications for funding.
c. Make collective decisions on funding proposals (decisions of the GMP are final pending ratification from the Board).
d. Recommend grantmaking priorities and provide input on ITF strategy as relevant.

5. Strictly adhere to ITF’s confidentiality and conflict of interest policies in and outside of the ITF at all times.
Time Commitment
● In order to fulfill this position, GMP members must be able to commit to the following:
● Participate in mandatory online training (3 hours) each year.
● Review 30-50 applications (including scoring and providing feedback) over 6 weeks in each annual grantmaking cycle (approximately 50 hours total each year).
● Attend and actively participate in either an  in-person meeting or virtual meeting each year (6 days).

Qualification of the candidates

Essential qualifications:
● Identify as trans.
● Have at least 5 years of direct involvement with trans activism at the regional and/or international level.
● Be recognised by other trans activists in their region as a trans community activist.
● Be able to communicate and write in at least one of the ITF’s working languages (English or Spanish).
● Be able and willing to work in a diverse environment that includes activists and donors.
● Hold a passport allowing them to travel internationally to attend GMP meetings.
● Have a strong commitment to fulfill tasks and deadlines.

Optional qualifications: It would be desirable for candidates to:
● Be able to communicate and write in one of the other application languages (French, Russian or Chinese).
● Have direct experience managing and reporting on grants for trans work.

Conflict of Interest

GMP members or their family members cannot be significantly involved in any group that has applied or will apply for funding from the ITF. GMP members may not benefit financially from the grants assessed or existing ITF grants. Learn more about our Conflict of Interest policy here.

Timeframe

GMP members will be appointed by the Board for a two-year term.

Compensation

GMP members will receive a remuneration of USD$1,000 per one-year grant cycle.  Members also receive travel expenses, including per diem, to attend ITF meetings.

Selection process

The Board will select eight (8) activists to serve as GMP members. When selecting candidates, every effort will be made to ensure diversity across regions, gender identities and expressions, and representation from further marginalized groups within trans communities.

Apply

Please submit your CV and cover letter to [email protected] by October 10, 2022.

Panel Discussion: Combating Transphobic Legislation

On May 17th please join us for a panel discussion in celebration of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia (IDAHOBIT). The theme of this year’s panel is Combating Transphobic Legislation. Over the past several years, bills targeting the rights of trans and nonbinary individuals have been introduced in a wave of anti-trans legislation in different countries. Brave activists have successfully challenged many such efforts by lobbying policymakers and engaging in public advocacy.

We are bringing together a diverse panel of trans activists from across the world to discuss their experience in mobilizing resources, organizing their communities, and fighting for trans rights on the legislative level.

Moderator: Viviane Vergueiro Simakawa (ITF)

Date: 17 May 2022

Time: 10:00 – 11:30 EST

Interpretation: Spanish, Russian

Please note that registration is required to access this webinar.

Register here

Meet the Panelists

Hua Boonyapisomparn – Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice

Nachale Boonyapisomparn, Hua as people know her, is an experienced transgender activist and a transgender woman. She has worked with organizations and groups of all sizes – from local non-profit organizations to international organizations and networks.

Particularly, she has been involved in the establishment of the three trans-led organizations – locally, nationally in Thailand, and internationally. This includes being the first program manager at Sisters Foundation, being a founding member of the Foundation of Transgender Alliance for Human Rights (ThaiTGA), and being the first coordinator and a founding member of the Asia-Pacific Transgender Network (APTN). 

Currently, she is a Project Manager of the Intersex and Trans Movement Building Project at Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, the Vice-President of the Thai Foundation Board at Asia Pacific Transgender Network, and a Project Manager of the Trans Health Access Thailand (T-HAT) Project.  

Emmett Schelling – Transgender Education Network of Texas (TENT)

Emmett Schelling is a South Korean trans immigrant by way of foreign adoption who leads the largest statewide trans-led advocacy org in Texas. While his primary focus of work is on trans issues, his passion and understanding that individuals at their most whole and fullest are not impacted by single issues, but rather a myriad of issues that often manifest themselves in oppression and marginalization.

Before entering into movement/nonprofit work he came from corporate management after studying Business Management and Marketing in college. He felt compelled to invest deeper into the ongoing work towards collective liberation of trans folks after taking on various levels of community organizing and engagement combined with a series of eye opening events that pulled him into the work he currently does.

As well as currently serving as the Executive Director of Transgender Education Network of Texas (TENT) Emmett serves on the Community Council for Transform Houston and as a board member of Deeds Not Words, along with being a 2020 Trans Justice Funding Project (TJFP) Grantmaking Fellow, and is a Co-Director for the TransFORWARD, a statewide trans powered research collective in Texas. He resides in Houston with his fiancé, child, and two adopted pups who are essentially child 2 and 3.

Alex Castillo – Red Centroamericana de Hombres Trans (REDCAHT)

Alex Castillo is a transsexual man born in Guatemala City. Alex founded Trans-Formation, the first collective of trans men in Central America and works to strengthen the trans leadership in the region. He is also president of REDCADHT+ Network, the American collectives of Trans Men and gender dissident individuals assigned female at birth, which created a movement throughout the Central American and Caribbean region and has recently expanded to Peru, Mexico and Uruguay. In addition to his human rights work, Alex is an administrator, husband, father and grandfather.

Tina Kolos Orban – Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI)

Tina Kolos Orban is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Transgender Equality Network Ireland. They previously held the post of Vice President and Project Manager at the Transvanilla Transgender Association, where they were responsible for international relations and advocacy. Tina has also held the posts of Treasurer and Co-Chair with Transgender Europe, the leading representative trans organisation across Europe and Central Asia.

They were a co-founder of Transvanilla in Hungary in 2011 and have worked at both the European Union and United Nations levels. Tina also served on the International Trans Fund’s Grant Making Panel for 2 years. Tina has over eleven years of experience developing, managing, stabilizing and leading trans advocacy organisations on the national and international level. They are experienced in strategic leadership, community organising, and organisational stability and progression.

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We Are Hiring Finance and Operations Senior Officer

Reports to: Director ⬫ Closing Date: April 25, 2022

About the Organization

The International Trans Fund (ITF) is a trans activist and funder-led initiative that aims to increase the capacity of trans movements globally to self-organize and advocate for trans people’s rights, self- determination, and wellbeing. The ITF works to mobilize sustainable resources to help build strong, trans-led movements and collective action, and to address and eliminate funding gaps impacting trans groups across the globe.

We are looking for a colleague to work in a fast-paced environment where details matter because ultimately, our daily decisions and actions have to serve and meet the needs of trans-led movements across different global contexts. As a team, we value exchange and the instinct to seek help and input. We also value curiosity and a willingness to experiment with new practices to improve our work.

Please read through the following details to see if you’d like to submit an application for this vacancy.

Personal Qualities (personality traits, interests and preferences that describe you)

  • Deep connections to trans movements for social justice.
  • Committed to integrity in the process as well as the outcomes.
  • Creative in solving problems and bringing fresh thinking to obstacles.
  • Comfortable taking the lead when necessary to move things forward.
  • Invested in a positive work environment: shared purpose and shared wellbeing.
  • Ready to take decisions even without an ideal or obvious solution.
  • Comfortable managing multiple tracks of work at once.
  • Open to discussing and exchanging on work with colleagues.
  • The instinct to pull together as a team and to support others around you.

Knowledge (specialist expertise, experience, or access to networks that you bring to the role)

  • Undergraduate degree in Finance,  Accounting, or any other relevant field combined with relative work experience. CA/CPA designation or in the progress is an asset.
  • Proficiency with managing budgets, revenues and expenses of a $2M+ organization. Financial Analysis, Dashboards and financial and non-financial consolidation of information.
  • Familiarity with auditing, accounting for nonprofits, grant management, donors grants and contracts management, internal controls, staff management, payroll and cost accounting principles and practices.
  • Experience working with senior staff and leadership in the development, implementation and maintenance of financial reporting programs, internal controls, accounting databases, financial policies and procedures, preferably in the nonprofit sector.
  • Significant experience with Accounting Software and ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems with a preference of QuickBooks.
  • Sensitivity and awareness of cultural, racial, economic and socially diverse communities.
  • Familiarity with human resources management, knowledge of Ontario Employment Standard Act (ESA), Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), Anti-racism Anti-Oppression (ARAO) and collective self-care practices.
  • Familiarity and knowledge of basic administration management, logistics and operation support to a small but mighty team working virtually and globally.

Skills 

Things you can do independently and effectively

  • Develop and implement accurate cash management strategies and monitor cash position.
  • Track, update and ensure that all funds remitted / transferred are documented and posted into the ledger.
  • Analyze financial data for statement preparation and to support management decisions.
  • Interpret and communicate financial information in a clear and effective manner.
  • Lead audit preparedness and act as primary liaison with external auditors, prepare all financial information for annual audit and implement recommended changes.
  • Participate in processes of shared learning, e.g. help our work and practices to grow stronger.
  • Manage your agenda, prioritize and plan thoughtfully to meet your own – and others’ – deadlines.
  • Engage in collaborative decision-making, co-creation and planning.
  • Accounting data entry based on complete and relevant supporting documents and in accordance with ITF policies and budget.
  • Manage the Human Resources Information System (HRIS) including creating employment and contractors contracts, update the HR system and support the Director in tracking staff paid time off and other HR matters.
  • Support Budget development including budget not limited to new proposals, annual operating budgets and others as required by management and Board.
  • Ensure the organization’s compliance with the Canada Non-Profit Corporations Act, Canada Revenue Agency and other governmental entities.
  • Manage and process the staff payroll, both in Canada and for the non-resident team members.
  • Support team meetings and in-person gathering with the required travel logistics, per diems and hotel bookings.
  • Manage and maintain the organization’s relationship with key service providers for operational services including banks, insurance broker, payroll service provider, IT and others as needed.
  • Develop, maintain and update the organization’s key operational policies including finance, admin, logistics, HR and others as needed.

Finance and Operations Senior Officer Accountabilities (what colleagues can rely on you to do)

Finance Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement accurate cash management strategies and undertake the approval of expenditures for staff, consultants, suppliers, grantees, and other external parties; Manage cash flow and preparation of pipelines for review by the Director to ensure availability of funds for the implementation of program activities for the ITF.
  • Examine financial data, including that related to procurement, for accuracy and compliance with ITF and donor policies and procedures and plan for and facilitate compliance checks and audits.
  • Check and authorize entries for coding and posting to the QuickBooks ledger system ensuring accuracy and prompt processing.
  • Perform review of reconciliations of subsidiary schedules/records for all Balance Sheet Accounts, to GL control account reviewing transactions and reconciling various accounts/balances relating to ledger balances; Review of the bank reconciliations.
  • Monitor cash position including preparation of remittance requests on a timely basis; Track, update and ensure that all other funds remitted / transferred are duly documented and posted into the ledger.
  • Review invoices and other payment vouchers prior to submitting them for approval ensuring accuracy and correctness and that amounts due and payable are indicated on the invoices; Keep proper record of all prepayments, accruals and related accounts.
  • Ensure audit preparedness and attend to the needs of auditors by way of participating in pre-audit meetings, prepare audit schedules as per checklist made available and any other pertinent supporting analysis; Act as primary liaison with external auditors, prepare all financial information for annual audit, implement recommended changes.
  • Prepare monthly payroll payments in time.
  • Vet, review and ensure all other payments (cash, transfers, etc.) are duly supported.
  • Prepare financial statements (P&L, balance sheet, cash flow, variance analysis) and generate financial reports to senior management, Board and Donors.
  • Ensure that all monthly tax payments, statutory & regulatory deductions & other returns are accurate & complete as well as they are remitted in time; Ensure timely preparation of tax returns & other forms to tax authorities.
  • Support in the development of financial policies and procedures.
  • Work with the Director on annual budget preparation and new proposals’ development.
  • Manage the corporate credit card programs including card issuance, monthly statement settlement collection of supporting documents and reconciliation with QuickBooks.
  • Manage and perform other duties as assigned by the Director.

Operations Responsibilities

  • Prepare contracts for staff, contractors and other service providers following the ITF’s policies and guidelines.
  • Liaison with key service providers to ensure quality and cost effective services are provided to the ITF and its team including IT, travel, insurance, etc.
  • Ensure the fulfillment and compliance with the organization’s HR policies and practices including supporting the team with their health and wellness reimbursement, group health program management (for the Canadian staff) and responding to staff inquiries about eligibility of expenses and other personnel issues.
  • Ensure the fulfillment of the ITF’s obligations towards the Government of Canada reporting requirements (e.g. Annual Corporation Return, Tax Return and others, update the organizing documents as needed).
  • Manage and perform other duties as assigned by the Director.

Additional Considerations

  • This position is based in Canada, preferably in Ontario although it is primarily work from home. The ITF is not able to offer visa sponsorship for this position, therefore only individuals who are eligible to work in Canada are invited to apply. While we unfortunately cannot provide a work permit/visa sponsorship for this positions, persons who are eligible and originate from a Global South country are encouraged to apply.
  • The salary range is between $50,000 and $60,000 USD/year commensurate with experience.  We offer a competitive benefit package including Extended Health Care, RRSP, Wellness and paid time-off policy among other things.
  • Travel may be required from time to time depending on public health advice and the organization’s internal plans and assessment.
  • As one of the few trans-led funders in the philanthropic space, we are committed to expanding the circle of trans people active in this sector. Trans people are encouraged to apply.
  • We are committed to representing the diversity that exists across the trans community. We especially welcome applicants who are typically underrepresented in leadership positions, including trans women and feminine people, people of color, Black folks, sex workers, people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

We continue to strive to make our workplace accessible and look for ways to challenge white supremacist culture. We acknowledge that we aren’t there yet, we recognize that this is an ongoing work for the organization, and we know that this will require us to demonstrate – rather than describe – our commitment in the practices of the organization.

Application Steps

  1. Application- Submit CV and Cover letter describing your connection to our vision, mission and your understanding of the Finance and Operations Senior Officer role.
  2. Interview with tasks linked to the role (selected by invitation) – Zoom interviews, which provide an opportunity to demonstrate how you’d approach the role, for us to get to know your working process and for you to hear more about the day-to-day work environment at the ITF.

We will inform candidates of the outcome of their application at each step.

Click Here to Apply

Please submit an application by April 25, 2022.

Donate to support trans, queer and LGBTQI people affected by the war in Ukraine

The International Trans Fund team is continually monitoring the situation in Ukraine. We are paying close attention to how the war is affecting trans communities and providing support to our partners. 

In this difficult time, many Ukrainians are under attack and they need urgent help. We compiled a list of links to donate to trans, queer and LGBTQI organizations providing vital support to communities affected by this crisis. Every bit makes an impact. Please consider donating to them if you can:

OutRight Action International Fundraiser to Support LGBTQI Ukranians

European Pride Organisers Association Fundraiser to support KyivPride and KharkivPride with emergency funds 

The Alliance Queere Nothilfe Ukraine

Urgent Action Fund’s Urgent Response Fund: Ukraine

Donate Directly to Queer and Young Feminist Organizations

ILGA-Europe’s List of Organizations

AllOut Emergency Funds for Ukraine

 

Statement from KyivPride

International Trans Fund stands in solidarity with people affected by the war in Ukraine. We are sharing a statement from KyivPride, a Ukrainian LGBT+ organization.
“Today we are facing something that seemed to be impossible in the modern world: a real war. With bombs falling from the sky. With people dying. With soldiers trying to fight back the thoroughly prepared operation of an invasion into Ukraine and turning it into one of the Russian colonies.
As LGBTQI people, we are threatened, and we have no illusion that the Russian government will tolerate us. We need the world to act now.
We need the community around the world, as a political power, to address the government of their country and to call upon them for immediate action. Ukraine needs their help and support right now:
– a no-fly zone over Ukraine to secure Ukrainian airspace and protect civilians from Russian air attacks;
– providing weapons systems to Ukraine immediately;
– providing humanitarian support.
This is a very new way to protect human rights for us. Fighting Russian soldiers today means fighting for freedoms and rights for LGBTQI as well.
Economic sanctions towards Russia must be introduced immediately, including removing Russia from the SWIFT International Payments System. We don’t have time. We are under the threat of bombing and Russians occupying the streets of our cities today.
The Ukrainian LGBTQI community is under huge attack now. This is not only a threat to human rights and freedoms but also a threat to life.
We are scrolling the news not knowing what the next moment will bring. Russians already invaded Ukraine and are coming closer to our houses to take away all we gained after the years and years of our fight for human rights. Please take action. Please call your government to act now.”

The ITF Condemns Transphobic Legislation in Guatemala

The ITF strongly condemns a recent transphobic legislative initiative introduced in the Congress of Guatemala. We stand in solidarity with the trans and nonbinary community against a bill that seeks to define trans and non-binary identities as “disorders”, and seeks to criminalize all public debate on trans acceptance and rights. In December 2021, a group of twenty-one lawmakers in Congress’ Commission on Education, Science, and Technology advanced a bill that would stigmatize trans and nonbinary identities and violate children’s and adolescents’ right to education. 

Bill 5940 claims to “protect children from gender identity disorders” when in reality it is a discriminatory attempt to ban the dissemination of any information about trans identity in sex education classes in schools. The bill seeks to impose restrictions on media, requiring programs with gender identity content to be labeled as “not recommended” for minors. Preventing access to science-based information about gender and sexuality for children violates their rights and directly contradicts freedom of speech.

Diversity of gender identity and expression is completely natural for society. Gender is a spectrum and any attempt to demonize gender identity is an attack on human rights. Trans and nonbinary people pose no threat to others and deserve safety, respect and inclusion. 

Pathologizing trans and nonbinary people runs counter to the established international medical consensus. “Gender identity disorder” and “transsexualism” have been removed from the World Health Organization’s latest International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) “Mental and Behavioral Disorders” chapter and are not considered disorders in the medical community. Pathologizing trans identities historically leads to greater violence and motivates hate.

This retrogressive legislative initiative supported by the Congress of Guatemala is unscientific and cruel. It stigmatizes an already vulnerable trans and nonbinary community calling it “a corrupting influence, harmful to children”.  Central America remains among the regions with the highest rates of attacks against trans individuals. Bill 5940 would deepen the stigma and put people’s lives at risk.  Recent reports have shown that the government of Guatemala had failed to adequately protect LGBT people against violence.

We urge the Congress of Guatemala to reject the bill and instead promote respect and equality, focusing on preventing pervasive violence and discrimination that trans and nonbinary people face and uphold children’s right to comprehensive education.

We would like to acknowledge the amazing work done by the trans activist community of Guatemala and our former grantee partner Colectivo Trans-Formacion. You can visit their website: https://hombrestranslatam.org/ or get in touch with the group’s coordinator Alex Rodrigo Castillo [email protected] 

#NOALA5940

Commemorating #TDoR202

Trans people across the globe continue to face systemic and systematic forms of violence and exclusion. The world has been and continues to be unsafe for #transgender people – this needs to end now. This Trans Day of Remembrance (#TDoR2021), the ITF joins the world in honoring those in our communities who were murdered over the past year. the Trans Murder Monitoring registered 375 reports of trans and gender-diverse people killed worldwide between 1st October 2020 and 30th September 2021. We call for an immediate end to this senseless act of violence. We at the ITF remain resolute and resilient in our cause to end all forms of violence against trans and gender-diverse people.

Welcoming Chivuli Ukwimi as the ITF’s New Deputy Director!

The ITF is delighted to announce that Chivuli Ukwimi has joined the ITF as our new Deputy Director! Chivuli joins the ITF at a moment of unprecedented institutional growth and as we continue to leverage funding for global trans movements.

Chivuli’s commitment to social justice is rooted in her own life experiences, as a transgender woman from Zambia, she is driven by a personal vision of living in an inclusive world where all people can fully enjoy and realise their inherent rights. Chivuli has managed multiple grantmaking and philanthropy portfolios within various funding organizations including OSF’s Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) and Hivos Southern Africa.  She also has a long track record working in civil society organizations and strong links to trans communities including  as a founding member of Friends of Rainka (now Dignitate Zambia), Population Services International (PSI) Zambia and Outright Action International.

We are very excited that Chivuli has joined our team and will support us in our next chapter!

Q & A: Getting to Know Chivuli

What excites you about joining ITF as the Deputy Director?
Firstly I am very passionate about fighting systemic and systematic exclusion and marginalization of any human being, especially those that are on the margins of society; being part of the ITF gives me the right tools and platform to address the continued injustices against trans persons globally. Secondly, I see this opportunity as a way to contribute to an exciting, forward thinking and future facing organisation like the ITF through my years of experience in grant making and philanthropy. 

What is your greatest hope for trans movements?
I look forward to a vibrant and grounded trans movement that is well resourced and positioned to advance the human rights of trans people worldwide including socio-economic and political rights. Ensuring that trans persons across the world are able to live in dignity in a world where our choices are respected, our freedoms protected and liberties upheld. 

Where do you see the ITF in 5 years?
I see the ITF as a thought leader and change maker in the world of philanthropy, setting the tone and the pace for meaningful philanthropy that is community driven and centered. I further see the ITF achieving growth that is well positioned and responsive to the needs of trans groups and movements worldwide. 

What do you love to do in your ‘downtime’?
Well I rarely get down time LOL, but when I do I love to soak myself in a good read. I also love cooking, it calms me and gives a certain kind of warmth. 

FAQ: All About the ITF’s Grantmaking

We’re very excited to share a new resource that explains our grantmaking and how we make decisions at the ITF. We believe that in order to disrupt power dynamics in philanthropy, we need to be intentionally and continuously transparent and accountable to trans movements about how we allocate resources and how decisions get made.

Last week our Grant Making Panel (GMP) met to select grantee partners for the 5th grant cycle. This will be the ITF’s largest grant cycle yet, but even so we are only able to fund 14% of the eligible applications we received from trans-led groups this year. As we share the results with the applicants, we know some groups will feel excitement and joy at becoming grantee partners while others will be frustrated and disappointed at not being selected for funding. We want to share information about how these difficult decisions get made and provide information to support groups that are interested in applying for funding in our next cycle.

You can read more at 
FAQ: All About the ITF’s Grantmaking

ITF Welcomes Cleopatra Kambugu to the Steering Committee

The ITF is delighted to introduce Cleopatra Kambugu as the newest member of our Steering Committee.

Cleo is based in Uganda and is a Director of Programmes at UHAI EASHRI, an indigenous activist fund that resources sex worker, trans, non binary, intersex, gender minorities and LGB sexual minorities and their organising in the seven Eastern African countries of Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, with broader strategic support to Pan African organising. In this position she oversees UHAI’s programmes which revolve around grantmaking, capacity support, knowledge evaluation and learning. She serves on the Advisory activist Board of the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, the Global Philanthropy Project’s Trans and Intersex working group and TGEU’s TMM and TvT advisory committee to provide an Afrocentric lens to trans funding and organising on the continent.

Cleo is also a protagonist in the world acclaimed documentary and web docu series The Pearl of Africa, which chronicles her journey navigating health as a trans person in East Africa, negotiating shifting family relationships as she transitions and speaking to the universality and affirmation of trans love and their partners.

We invite you to learn more our Steering Committee members here.