name is Jacob Rostovsky, I'm a 22 year old transgender male, student and Point
Foundation scholar who is working on getting their non-profit off the
ground. As you may know, getting a non-profit started can be really
difficult, and has many expenses. As a college student, all of my finances are
spent to pay for classes and books. I’m currently working 40 hours a week at a
non-paid internship, so I cannot have any other source of income.
since I transitioned at 14 years old, I knew that I wanted to dedicate my life
to helping the transgender community in all possible ways. I know my soon to be
non-profit, TUFF, will change the transgender community and help to better so
many lives, especially those of our at risk youth.
(Trans United with Family and Friends) needs help getting its 501c and raising
money for supplies to outreach to the community! You can help!!
I was fifteen, I've wanted to work in the transgender community, trying to help
individuals less fortunate than I was. Realizing how expensive transition is,
and how many insurance companies don't cover anything in that area, I knew
someone had to help those who couldn't afford to transition.
realized that once a person medically transitions, their entire life changes.
They are happier, confident and hopeful, and for some people this is the first
time in their lives they've felt like this. I don't want anyone to be held back
from giving the world their all and reaching their full potential just because
they can't afford to transition.
is a non-profit organization, based in Los Angeles, that gives financial
assistance to transgender and gender variant individuals, and can be used
towards the cost of transition and medical needs. The money is distributed on
an as needed basis. Recipients must apply for an award, and are chosen based on
their financial need, personal, social, and advocacy goals for the future.
can apply for funds?
who identifies along the transgender/gender variant spectrum, regardless of
their financial needs. Applicants must fill out an application form that
requires them to provide information about their medical transition history and
financial needs. They must also submit 2 essays that ask about their future
goals and involvement within the transgender/gender variant community.
is this fundraiser going to help TUFF with?
now, as executive director and founder of TUFF, I am using my own funds to pay
to file paper work, purchase fliers, buttons and posters and travel across the
countries to various conferences and workshops to spread the word about TUFF.
As a college student, using my own income has proven to be extremely difficult
and hard, especially when I also need to fund my education. By donating to this
fundraiser, you can help launch TUFF and fulfill my dream of running and
creating this non-profit. I know that left and right there are campaigns online
asking you to donate. But know, this is an extremely important cause that can
help save thousands of lives.
ask that you spread this message to anyone you see fit, and to help get the
word of my fundraiser out there.
you so much for taking the time to read this and thank you in advance for your
Here is the link to my fundraiser:
I am now 40% to my goal! How exciting!!!