About Us

Who We Are

We were founded in December 2015 as a Grand Rapids, Michigan-based public foundation.

We are here to support the educational lives of our local trans community through substantial scholarship, focusing on individuals who are experiencing financial barriers to their continued education.

We are dedicated to removing obstacles that hold our trans community back and to affirming the enormous potential of our community.

We stand in solidarity. Trans folks shouldn't have to fight to survive. Help us level the playing field.

Our Mission

To create opportunities for the Grand Rapids trans community.

Why We Exist

National statistics show that transgender people face incredible challenges
in the US, including much higher rates of family rejection, discrimination,
assault, violence, depression, suicide, poverty, and homelessness.

Unemployment rates are twice that of the general population.
Trans people are four times as likely to be living under $10,000 annually.

Our organization believes that by removing some financial
barriers to quality education, we can help reduce these rates
and help trans folks thrive.

Board of Directors

Liam Bailey



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Theo Randall



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Finn Marcks



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Simon Kittok


Executive Director, Member

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Carlos Garay-Negrón

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Carlos Garay-Negrón


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Financial Information

Grand Rapids Trans Foundation is a U.S. tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, operating on a calendar year.

Annual Reports:

2016 Financial Report
2017 Financial Report
2018 Financial Report