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Less than one week to apply!

The ITF welcomes applications to our 6th grant cycle from trans-led organizations with budgets below $100,000 USD based in any region of the world. The deadline to apply is December 5, 2021 at 5pm (ET/New York time).

The ITF has two grant types:

  • SEED Grant (1-year)
    The SEED grant is a 1-year general support and/or project grant for trans-led organizations that have never been funded by the ITF, or that prefer to apply for this grant instead of the THRIVE grant. Grants range from $10,000 to $25,000 USD/year.
  • THRIVE Grant (1-year)
    The THRIVE grant is a 1-year general support grant ONLY for trans-led organizations that have been previously funded by the ITF and are in good standing. Grants range from $25,000 to $50,000 USD/year.

This year you can apply online (here). The forms are available in English, French, Russian, Simplified Chinese and Spanish. 

If you have questions, please contact info@transfund.org

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 New Deputy Director

The ITF is delighted to announce that Chivuli Ukwimi has joined 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), and at 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 organization 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. 

Read Chivuli’s full bio here.

Participate in a Funding Webinar

Are you interested in applying to the ITF’s 6th grant cycle but are looking for more information? The ITF hosts funding webinars for trans-led groups to provide clear information on the application process and tips for writing a strong application. The information we provide is similar in all webinars; we only offer it in different languages and times for your convenience.

Participation in the webinars is entirely optional — you do not need to attend any of them to apply for ITF funding.

ITF Funding Webinars

General – 6th Cycle (English)
Oct. 28, 7am ET / 1pm South Africa / 6pm Bangkok, Thailand
Register here.

Webinar de Financiamiento general – 6to Ciclo (Español)
28 Oct, 11am ET / 10am México DF / 12pm Santiago, Chile
Inscripción aquí.

Renewal (THRIVE) – 6th Cycle (English)
Oct. 29, 7am ET / 1pm South Africa / 6pm Bangkok, Thailand
Register here.

Renovación (FLORECER) – 6to Ciclo (Español)
29 Oct, 11am ET / 10am México DF / 12pm Santiago, Chile
Inscripción aquí

Caribbean (Regional) – 6th Cycle (English)
Nov. 1st, 11am ET / 11am Rep. Dominicana / 10am Jamaica
Register here.

México y América Central (Regional) – 6to Ciclo (Español)
1er Nov, 3pm México y Costa Rica / 4pm Panamá
Inscripción aquí.

Central Asia (Regional) – 6th Cycle (English + Russian Interpretation)
Nov. 2nd, 7am ET / 5pm Almaty, Kazakhstan
Register here.

Global North (Regional) – 6th Cycle (English)
Nov. 2nd, 3pm ET / 8pm CET
Nov. 3rd, 8am Aotearoa-New Zealand
Register here.

Eastern and Southern Africa (Regional) – 6th Cycle (English)
Nov. 3rd, 7am ET / 1pm South Africa
Register here.

Francophone Africa (Regional) – 6th Cycle (English + French Interpretation)
Nov. 3rd, 10am ET / 4pm South Africa
Register here.

East, South, Southeast Asia and the Pacific (Regional) – 6th Cycle (English + Chinese Interpretation)
Nov. 4, 7am ET / 6pm Bangkok, Thailand
Register here.

Brasil (Regional) – 6to Ciclo (Português)
4 Nov, 5pm ET / 6pm Brasília
Inscrição aqui.

Please share this message with trans-led groups and trans activists in your networks who might be interested in this call.

The ITF’s 6th Grant Cycle is Now Open

The ITF is pleased to announce our 6th grant cycle! We welcome applications from trans-led organizations with budgets below $100,000 USD based in any region of the world. The deadline to apply is December 5, 2021 at 5pm (ET/New York time).

The ITF has two grant types:

  • SEED Grant (1-year)
    The SEED grant is a 1-year general support and/or project grant for trans-led organizations that have never been funded by the ITF, or that prefer to apply for this grant instead of the THRIVE Grant. Grants range from $10,000 to $25,000 USD/year.
  • THRIVE Grant (1-year)
    The THRIVE grant is a 1-year general support grant ONLY for trans-led organizations that have been previously funded by the ITF and are in good standing. Grants range from $25,000 to $50,000 USD/year.

The application forms and guidelines can be downloaded from our website (here). The forms are available in English, French, Russian, Simplified Chinese and Spanish. 

If you have questions, please contact info@transfund.org

6th Grant Cycle Opens this Week!

The ITF will launch our 6th grant cycle on October 22, 2021! This call is open to trans-led groups in all regions of the world with operational budgets of less than $100,000. 

We begin by opening the call and sharing all the necessary documents for you to apply. In the following week, we will start a series of funding webinars to share information about the ITF and our grants, and to respond to questions from trans communities.

Check below for our Funding Webinars agenda, and register for the one that is best for you. The information we provide is similar in all webinars; we only offer it in different languages and times for your convenience.

Participation in the webinars is entirely optional — you do not need to attend any of them to apply for ITF funding.

ITF Funding Webinars and Registration links

General – 6th Cycle (English)
Oct. 28, 7am ET / 1pm South Africa / 6pm Bangkok, Thailand
Register here.

Webinar de Financiamiento general – 6to Ciclo (Español)
28 Oct, 11am ET / 10am México DF / 12pm Santiago, Chile
Inscripción aquí.

Renewal (THRIVE) – 6th Cycle (English)
Oct. 29, 7am ET / 1pm South Africa / 6pm Bangkok, Thailand
Register here.

Renovación (FLORECER) – 6to Ciclo (Español)
29 Oct, 11am ET / 10am México DF / 12pm Santiago, Chile
Inscripción aquí

Caribbean (Regional) – 6th Cycle (English)
Nov. 1st, 11am ET / 11am Rep. Dominicana / 10am Jamaica
Register here.

México y América Central (Regional) – 6to Ciclo (Español)
1er Nov, 3pm México y Costa Rica / 4pm Panamá
Inscripción aquí.

Central Asia (Regional) – 6th Cycle (English + Russian Interpretation)
Nov. 2nd, 7am ET / 5pm Almaty, Kazakhstan
Register here.

Global North (Regional) – 6th Cycle (English)
Nov. 2nd, 3pm ET / 8pm CET
Nov. 3rd, 8am Aotearoa-New Zealand
Register here.

Eastern and Southern Africa (Regional) – 6th Cycle (English)
Nov. 3rd, 7am ET / 1pm South Africa
Register here.

Francophone Africa (Regional) – 6th Cycle (English + French Interpretation)
Nov. 3rd, 10am ET / 4pm South Africa
Register here.

East, South, Southeast Asia and the Pacific (Regional) – 6th Cycle (English + Chinese Interpretation)
Nov. 4, 7am ET / 6pm Bangkok, Thailand
Register here.

Please share this message with trans-led groups and trans activists in your networks who might be interested in this call.

The ITF is Hiring a Communications Associate

Reports to: Director Location: Remote Closing Date: September 20, 2021

The International Trans Fund (ITF) is the only trans-led, global funder focused on safety, dignity, and justice for trans people. We aim 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. The ITF is currently hosted at Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice but intends to become an autonomous, registered organization by 2022.

We are looking for a colleague to support our communications, with the goal of deepening our relationships with our grantee and funding partners and building support for global trans movements. The ITF is a fast-paced environment where details matter because, ultimately, our daily decisions and actions must 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 complete the application form for this vacancy.

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

  • Deeply connected and committed to trans movement building.
  • Great at connecting with others and getting your message across in spoken, written and visual forms of communication.
  • Interested in (learning and applying) inclusion and accessibility in digital communications.
  • Good at organizing your own time and planning to meet your responsibilities.
  • Creative in solving problems and bringing fresh thinking to obstacles.
  • Invested in nurturing a positive work environment rooted in shared purpose and shared wellbeing.
  • Open to discussing and exchanging on work with colleagues.

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

  • Direct and in-depth understanding of the different issues that can face trans movements in different contexts.
  • In-depth knowledge of digital communications such as websites, email, social media, digital publications; its value, its potential and its limits.
  • Extensive knowledge of the functionalities of different social media platforms.
  • Understanding of how to build and expand networks and audiences using digital communications.
  • Proficiency using platforms such as Microsoft Office Programs, Canva, Mailchimp, etc.
  • Working knowledge of computers, databases and other technology, including troubleshooting.

Skills 

1. Things you can do independently and effectively

  • Communicate in a clear, authentic, and engaging way in English.
  • Develop engaging and accessible written and visual content with thought, care, and integrity.
  • Write, copy edit, and manage content for online and offline platforms.
  • Prioritize which tasks and/or messages will help achieve short-term and long-term goals.

2. Things that would be highly valued

  • Experience creating audiovisual materials is an asset.
  • Ability to develop engaging and accessible content in Spanish
  • Existing knowledge of inclusion and accessibility tools and guidance for digital communications.

Communications Associate Accountabilities (what colleagues can rely on you to do)

Communications Strategy & Planning (40%)

  • Support the Director to deliver on the ITF’s Communication Strategy and participate in the development and roll-out of quarterly action plan.
  • Ensure that communications opportunities and considerations are integrated into the ITF’s work through the co-creation of workplans.
  • Periodically assess the ITF’s communications channels (social media, email, website, and publications) and propose ideas and approaches to improve its effectiveness.
  • Seek platforms, opportunities, and partnerships to promote the work and purpose of the ITF in support of fundraising.
  • Serve as a communications thought partner to ITF colleagues; assist the Director with communications-related decision-making.

Communications Implementation (30%)

  • Create infographics, print materials and other graphics to amplify opportunities for current and future grantee partners.
  • Develop materials/publications that showcase the work and resourcing needs of the trans-led organizations we support.
  • Manage and grow the ITF’s presence and networks on social media platforms and the email listserv.
  • Manage and develop written, visual, audio and video content for the ITF website.
  • Develop templates and guidance for communications and outreach materials like statements, press briefings etc. with due attention to inclusion, reach and accessibility.
  • Regularly report and monitor metrics to assess the effectiveness of our communications strategy.
  • Manage the redevelopment and relaunch of the ITF’s website (e.g., work with web designer, develop content, etc.).

Programmatic Communications Support (20%)

  • Provide communications support to the Director and program team, including developing slide decks, fact sheets, infographics, etc.
  • Support the Director in producing organizational documents, e.g., quarterly reports, Annual Reports, impact assessments, etc.
  • Coordinate the communications aspects of ITF events (webinars, fundraising events, etc.)

Additional Duties and Expectations (10%)

  • Attend and participate in relevant webinars, conferences, and other professional development opportunities.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Additional Considerations

  • This position is remote and does not require a work visa.
  • The salary range is $55,000 – 60,000 USD/year.
  • 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 funded civic action positions, including trans women and feminine people, people of color, black folks, sex workers, people with disabilities and who were born or who originate from a Global South country 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 this is 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.

How to Apply

Please complete the application form by September 20, 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact jobs@transfund.org (we are not accepting CVs or cover letters for this position).

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The ITF is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse, collaborative, and sustainable work environment. For more information visit www.transfund.org

Looking Back: The ITF’s 2020 Annual Report

The ITF is excited to share our 2020 Annual Report. You can download it here.

As we look back on 2020, we have witnessed the devastating impact of COVID-19 and the ongoing struggles that trans communities face. Trans activists have always been on the frontlines of political and social transformation and continue to lead in the battle against the rising tide of anti-gender ideology and TERFism, in our shared struggles for racial justice and against white supremacy and in the continued resistance to right-wing authoritarian rule and shrinking civil society spaces. 

What is most striking as you read our Annual Report is that despite these incredible challenges, trans-led groups are leading political and cultural transformation in their communities and they are supporting each other to flourish and thrive. We are deeply grateful to our grantee partners for all their work. 

We invite you to learn more about our grantmaking and our grantee partners from the third grant cycle.

Read the Annual Report here.

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

The ITF is Hiring a Deputy Director

DEPUTY DIRECTOR, INTERNATIONAL TRANS FUND

Reports to: Director ⬫ Location: Remote ⬫ Closing Date: June 14, 2021

The International Trans Fund (ITF) is the only trans-led, global funder focused on safety, dignity and justice for trans people. We aim 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. The ITF is currently hosted at Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice but intends to become an autonomous, registered organization by 2022.

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 complete the initial expression of interest for this vacancy.

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

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

Skills 

1. Things you can do independently and effectively

2. Things that would be highly valued



Deputy Director Accountabilities
(what colleagues can rely on you to do)

  • Contribute reflective, political, and practical input to leadership decisions on ITF’s strategy, goals, team management and practices, e.g. advice and support for the ITF Director role.
  • Represent the ITF externally, with key philanthropic networks and alliances, donors, LGBTQI and other relevant organizations and networks, and media, e.g. networking, speaking engagements.
  • Ensure that the priorities and aspirations of trans movements globally are voiced, heard and understood in philanthropic and institutional settings, e.g. help to build ITF’s core messaging.
  • Ensure that ITF’s day-to-day programing models nimble, flexible and responsive grantmaking, e.g. leading on learning processes, building pathways into the sector for people in the trans community who are under-represented in paid / leadership roles.
  • Maintain effective channels of communication between and among the ITF team (including management) and the Steering Committee, e.g. managing internal communications, convening.
  • Play an active role in developing ITF’s fundraising strategy and a practical role in implementing the strategy, e.g. co-writing funding proposals, reports, and meeting with potential donors.
  • Step in, if necessary, to support colleagues or complete activities to ensure that the ITF meets its commitments to grantees, funders or other ITF stakeholders.

Additional Considerations

  • This position is remote. The ITF is not able to offer visa sponsorship for this position.
  • The salary range is $90,000 – 100,000 USD/year commensurate with experience.
  • 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, people born or who originate from a Global South country 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 this is 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

    • Expression of Interest – an online questionnaire to understand your connection to our vision, mission and your understanding of the Deputy Director role
    • Applications (selected by invitation) – an application form to match your experience to the key requirements for the Deputy Director role at the ITF
    • 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.

How to Apply

Please complete the expression of interest questionnaire by June 14.

If you have any questions, please contact jobs@transfund.org (we are not accepting CVs or cover letters for this position).

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The ITF is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse, collaborative and sustainable work environment. For more information visit www.transfund.org

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