Trans United with Family and Friends

$2,000 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 39 people in 39 months
Jacob Rostovsky   LOS ANGELES, CA

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,

Jacob Rostovsky


Here is the link to my fundraiser:
http://www.gofundme.com/transunited







Update!


I am now 40% to my goal! How exciting!!!
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Update 2
37 months ago
Thank you all so much for helping me reach this wonderful goal. This is a momentous occasion for TUFF. You're goodies will be mailed out soon!
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Update 1
38 months ago
Thank you all so much for the donations! I am 40% to my goal, and am so humbled by all the contributions.
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Austin Sims
38 months ago

Jacob, I think this is an absolutely wonderful cause! Once I am able to get funding for my surgery I have every intention of creating a medical trust fund for transgender individuals in Oklahoma to help with their hormones and surgery as well. Great minds think alike my friend. I am not able to help financially at this point, but I will spread the word around as much as possible. Good luck on your pursuit!

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$2,000 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 39 people in 39 months
Created May 1, 2013
Jacob Rostovsky     LOS ANGELES, CA
$245
Anonymous
37 months ago
RB
$50
Ryan Baylor
37 months ago
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Nice work! Keep it up!

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JR
$100
Jake Rage
37 months ago
1
1

Great Job Jake, keep it up!

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SG
$50
Samantha Geller
37 months ago
1
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This is just the beginning, I can't see what the future brings to this great project

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RL
$100
Rosemary Llewellyn
38 months ago
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AM
$50
Alicia Medina
38 months ago
1
1

Thank you for your services!!! Proud parent of transgender child 9 yrs old

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$10
Anonymous
38 months ago
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KM
$100
Kathleen Moehlig
38 months ago
1
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Wished we could do more! You are such an amazing young man and we are so grateful to know you!

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AL
$100
Amber Lowenthal
38 months ago
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$50
Autumn Sandeen
38 months ago
1
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Austin Sims
38 months ago

Jacob, I think this is an absolutely wonderful cause! Once I am able to get funding for my surgery I have every intention of creating a medical trust fund for transgender individuals in Oklahoma to help with their hormones and surgery as well. Great minds think alike my friend. I am not able to help financially at this point, but I will spread the word around as much as possible. Good luck on your pursuit!

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