Jim Collins Foundation to Award Multiple Grants for Gender-Affirming Surgeries

(North Branford, CT) March 26, 2012 – The Jim Collins Foundation is pleased to announce that it will be awarding grants to two transgender individuals in 2012, its second grant cycle. “The need is immense,” said Tony Ferraiolo, co-founder of the organization and a transgender youth advocate. “Many transgender people are not able to access the health care that they need, and this can lead to extremely unfortunate circumstances. These surgeries … [Read more...]

2012 Grant Recipients

One grant recipient, Séverine Pierre, lives in government-subsidized housing in New York City and survives on food stamps. In 2010, she joined Americorps to assist survivors of the earthquake in Haiti apply for temporary protected status in the United States. "Even though I knew this job choice would affect the savings I had accumulated towards surgery, I could not miss the opportunity to help my people in a time of such great need." Séverine is … [Read more...]

Update from Drew Lodi (2011 Grant Recipient)

Last year, the Jim Collins Foundation gave away its first grant to Drew Lodi, a transgender man on Medicaid who lacked the ability to pay for surgery out-of-pocket. Drew was so determined to obtain the treatment he needed that he saved literally every nickel he could by collecting cans towards his surgery expense. A year later, Drew is back on his feet and is currently training for the Spartan Sprint to raise money and pass on the hope that the … [Read more...]

Jim Collins Foundation Awards Its First Grant for Gender-Affirming Surgery (2011)

(North Branford, CT) May 9, 2011 - The Jim Collins Foundation is proud to announce that its first grant for gender-affirming surgery has been awarded to Drew Lodi. The Jim Collins Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, raises funds to provide grants to transgender individuals who need, but cannot afford, gender-affirming surgery. “Our hard work is paying off,” says Tony Ferraiolo, one of the organization’s co-founders. “Friends, families, and allies … [Read more...]

NYC Kick Off Event

An Afternoon with Kate Bornstein and Friends Thanks to everyone for being part of a successful NYC kick-off event and fundraiser- thanks to Kate Bornstein, Good Asian Drivers, and Murray Hill for a great performance!       … [Read more...]

When a staffer switches genders

Coping with major changes can flummox a workplace, but you can protect your bottom line and your employees by promoting tolerance and respect. (Fortune Small Business) -- Tony Ferraiolo will never forget his first day back at work after surgery. The 46-year-old supervisor's knees trembled as he entered the windowless headquarters of Madison Co., a switch and sensor manufacturer in Branford, Conn... Read Full Article … [Read more...]