Ten years ago, Tony Ferraiolo and M. Dru Levasseur recognized a particular need for some in our transgender community --- receiving funding support for gender-affirming surgeries. This led to the creation of the Jim Collins Foundation or (JCF). Ten years later, JCF has given grants to twenty recipients that has covered either fully or partially twenty surgical procedures. The organization has also provided a heightened awareness of the disparities within healthcare that may hinder some … [Read More...]
Recent Grant Recipients
My name is Mac, and I am a statistical anomaly. Within the first week of my … [Read More...]
Born in Miami, Florida, Hope Giselle (founder of the HopeDisguised Project and … [Read More...]
As far back as I can remember, I refused to wear girl clothes. When I hit … [Read More...]
I had decided that being a girl was just what I was going to have to do. I never … [Read More...]
Anonymous, Chest Reconstruction (JCF does not require any grant recipient to … [Read More...]
Angie is a passionate and driven LGBTQ activist hailing from New York City. … [Read More...]
The Jim Collins Foundation now offers two grant options. General Fund grants cover 100% of the surgical costs associated with the gender-affirming surgery. Grants from the Krysallis Anne Hembrough Legacy Fund cover 50% of the surgical costs associated with the gender-affirming surgery, and require each recipient to match each dollar of funds received from with a dollar of their own money or other money raised by the recipient. Applicants may only apply once per grant cycle and in their application must choose to be considered for either the General Fund or the Krysallis Anne Hembrough Legacy Fund.
The mission of the Jim Collins Foundation is to provide financial assistance to transgender people for gender-confirming surgeries. The Jim Collins Foundation recognizes that not every transgender person needs or wants surgery to achieve a healthy transition. But for those who do, gender-affirming surgeries are an important step in their transition to being their true selves. However, access to gender-affirming surgery is impossible for most. Discrimination against transgender people is so prevalent that many transgender people struggle to survive, never mind save for surgery costs.