My 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.
Ever 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.
TUFF (Trans United with Family and Friends) needs help getting its 501c and raising money for supplies to outreach to the community! You can help!!
Since 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.
I've 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.
What is TUFF?
TUFF 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.
Who can apply for funds?
Anyone 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.
What is this fundraiser going to help TUFF with?
Right 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.
I ask that you spread this message to anyone you see fit, and to help get the word of my fundraiser out there.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and thank you in advance for your donation,
Here is the link to my fundraiser:
I am now 40% to my goal! How exciting!!!
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