The last year was a big one for me and my family. In January, we launched this Foundation with the hope that we would make a difference in the lives of just a few people. To be honest, I greatly underestimated just how Loud and Proud our communities would be. By the summer, I was incredibly inspired by the generosity of our stakeholders and their willingness to support not only my work but the very real lives of the people we help. Not only did we exceed our fundraising expectations for 2017, we helped even more people than even the most optimistic amongst us even imagined.
And together, we have made an incredible difference in the lives of hundreds of people.
Throughout the year, I have met and talked with hundreds of transgender individuals and their loved ones, both in-person and online, and I have been moved by both their stories and the ways in which this Foundation has made a positive impact in their lives. More than once, transgender adults have contacted me to thank me for the support we provide online. A common thing they say to me is, “I wish this had been around when I was coming out.” I have been especially moved by the parents who have reached out to thank us for helping them accept and support their transgender children.
Because of our partnership, individual people and whole families are stronger and healthier than ever before.
The reality is, our programs exist because they didn’t exist when I was coming out. My work started as one person seeing a need and filling a need. Today, we have grown to over a dozen people around the United States working to make their community safer, healthier, and more affirming for transgender people. We are a network of nearly one hundred donors who want to see transgender people in their communities thrive and live the best version of their life possible. And they are doing it loudly and proudly during the most dangerous time to be transgender. Even with the toxicity of white supremacy, sexism, transphobia, homophobia, and fear reigning in our communities, I remain resolved to stand up and speak out for those marginalized in our communities.
And I invite you to continue our partnership.
In 2018, our theme of “Never Alone” speaks to our vision of a world where transgender people, and their loved ones, are connected to the help and support they need more than ever before. We will be increasing our reach throughout the United States through strategic marketing and communications on social media. We will increase the quantity and quality of our online resources. And we will explore new ways to reach and support our stakeholders in an ever-changing social world.
Are you with me?
Darcy J. Corbitt-Hall She/Her/Hers
President and CEO
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Darcy Jeda Corbitt Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity promoting the health and global wellbeing of transgender, queer, and gender nonconforming individuals. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by US Federal Tax Code.
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