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The Silver Wings Foundation is a non-profit organization based in New York, dedicated to supporting the trans community. Founded by TWILO, the foundation's mission revolves around providing essential services and assistance to transgender individuals. The organization's multifaceted approach includes various initiatives, such as emergency housing aid, self-defense training, access to prep/hormone care, suicide prevention programs, and advocating for reform in Rikers Island correctional facility.

What We



The Silver Wings Foundation recognizes the unique challenges faced by the trans community and strives to create a safe and inclusive environment for its members. Emergency housing aid ensures that vulnerable transgender individuals have a place of shelter during difficult times. Additionally, the foundation offers self-defense training to empower individuals and enhance their safety in various situations.


Criminal Justice System

Furthermore, the foundation advocates for reform within the criminal justice system, with a specific focus on addressing issues related to Rikers Island. By working towards systemic change, the organization aims to improve the treatment and rights of transgender individuals within the corrections system.



Understanding the importance of access to medical care, the organization provides support for prep and hormone care, promoting overall well-being for trans individuals. To address the critical issue of mental health, the Silver Wings Foundation actively engages in suicide prevention initiatives, offering resources, support, and awareness programs.


Your Support

The Silver Wings Foundation relies on contributions from generous individuals and organizations to continue its vital work. Any support offered to the organization is instrumental in making a positive impact on the lives of countless transgender individuals. By contributing to the alliance, donors help promote equality, safety, and overall well-being for the trans community in New York and beyond.

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     Fundraiser GALA 2024 | Overview

Challenge: Resistance to Support for the Trans Community in Fundraising


Project Goals


Summary of Project Needs: Our fundraising initiative is dedicated to supporting the trans community, promoting inclusivity, and advocating for transgender rights and well-being. However, a significant challenge we face is encountering resistance from individuals or groups who are hesitant or unwilling to support this cause. This resistance may stem from various factors, including a lack of awareness, misconceptions, or personal biases. Overcoming this challenge is crucial to the success of our fundraiser and, more importantly, to advancing equality and acceptance for the transgender community. We need to devise strategies and messages that effectively address these concerns and encourage broader support for our cause.

  • Our Proposal

Proposed Solutions to Overcome Resistance and Meet Fundraising Goals:

  • Diverse Outreach and Education:

    • Collaborate with LGBTQ+ influencers and advocates to create content that educates the public on transgender issues, dispelling myths and misconceptions.

    • Organize awareness campaigns on social media platforms, sharing personal stories and testimonials from members of the trans community to humanize the cause.

  • Local Talent and DJs:

    • Showcase local talent, including musicians, artists, and DJs, at the birthday party fundraisers in each borough.

    • Highlight the vibrant and diverse arts scene within the LGBTQ+ community to attract a broader audience.

  • Inclusive Messaging:

    • Develop a messaging strategy that emphasizes the importance of inclusivity and equality for all members of the community.

    • Showcase how supporting the trans community benefits society as a whole, reinforcing the idea that we are stronger together.

  • Community Empowerment:

    • Engage with local LGBTQ+ organizations and community groups to harness their support and involvement.

    • Empower these organizations to take an active role in the fundraisers, fostering a sense of ownership and unity.

  • Strategic Venue Selection:

    • Choose venues in each borough that are LGBTQ+ friendly and have a track record of supporting such events.

    • Ensure that the venues align with the values and mission of the fundraiser, creating a welcoming atmosphere.

  • Partnerships and Sponsorships:

    • Seek partnerships with businesses and organizations that are committed to LGBTQ+ rights and equality.

    • Secure sponsorships to cover event costs, allowing more funds to be directed toward the fundraising goal.

  • Continuous Engagement:

    • Maintain an ongoing dialogue with supporters and donors, updating them on the progress of the fundraiser and sharing success stories.

    • Show gratitude for their support and involve them in the journey toward achieving the $ 5,000,000.00 goal.

  • Transparency and Accountability:

    • Implement clear financial reporting and transparency measures to build trust with supporters.

    • Demonstrate how the funds raised are being used to support the trans community and their specific needs.

  • Celebrate Diversity:

    • Ensure that the events celebrate the rich diversity within the LGBTQ+ community, including representation from various ethnic, gender, and age groups.

  • Adaptive Strategies:

    • Continuously assess the effectiveness of the strategies employed and be willing to adapt based on feedback and evolving circumstances.

    • Remain open to new ideas and collaborations that can enhance the impact of the fundraiser.

By implementing these strategies, we aim to not only raise $500,000.00 but also foster a more inclusive and accepting environment for the transgender community while challenging and reducing resistance to our cause.

  • Fundraising Goal: The fundraising goal for this event is subject to change based on the evolving needs of the Silver Wings Foundation. Any updates to the goal will be communicated through our official channels.

  • Legal Compliance: This fundraiser operates in compliance with all relevant local, state, and federal laws and regulations. If you have any questions regarding the legal aspects of the fundraiser, please consult with legal counsel.

  • Contact Information: If you have any questions, or concerns, or need assistance, please contact our dedicated fundraising team at

By participating in or contributing to the Silver Wings Foundation fundraiser, you acknowledge that you have read, understood, and agree to these terms and conditions. Your support is greatly appreciated and will make a significant impact on our mission. Thank you for helping us spread our wings and make a difference in our community!

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