Our newsletter this month is going to be very short: We've got one big announcement, and I wanted to make sure I let you know ASAP.
After awarding $40,000 in pilot grants, today we're launching our first grant cycle which is open to the public!
The first step in our grant process is completing the Open Call for Projects. This is a multi-page online survey where you tell us a bit about who you are and what you'd like to do. Submissions are due by 11:59pm US Eastern time on Wednesday, August 15.Read more
Happy June to you!
I hope things are going well for you all this month! I have to confess that I'm feeling pretty stressed out at the moment -- I'm about to start traveling, some for fun and some to promote the Foundation. (YAY!) But at the same time, we're preparing for the next round of grants, and I'm only going to be home for less than 3 weeks out of the next 8. (EEK!)
This month I wanted to offer you a sneak peek from ( ) ("whole"), the experimental queer erotic film that received one of our pilot grants. The Effing Foundation is officially Executive Producer! (Can I even? Once again: No, I cannot even.)
The ( ) crew has been shooting in Philadelphia this week thanks to your Effing donations! Check out the amazing cast:
From left, performers the Shape, Alice the Wolf, Ginny Woolf, Shay Knox, Parts Authority, Trouble Clef, Erykah Ohms, Evie Snax, Papi Femme, and Special Guest, shooting "Opening Sequence" for AORTA films' ( ). This film is made possible by a grant from the Effing Foundation!Read more
A marvelous May to you!
Thanks to your support, our pilot grantees are out in the world doing fabulous sex-positive work! That said, I realized the other day that I'm not sure I've done a very good job of sharing their stories. What are these Effing resources actually doing?
Take, for example, our pilot grant to the Adipositivity Project by Substantia Jones. As Substantia says, she's "a fat woman and [her] photo-activism campaign serves people marginalized due to their size, gender, race, sexual expression, physical ability, and otherwise non-conforming bodies." In recent years, her photographs have been exhibited all over the world, including a solo exhibition at the Te Manawa Museum in Palmerston North, New Zealand; and as part of group exhibitions Graz, Austria; Sardinia, Italy; and at the Tate Modern in London.
(Cute couple captured by Substantia thanks to the Effing Foundation!)Read more
Welcome to April!Read more
A marvelous March to you, friends and Effing supporters!
I absolutely meant to write you all last month to announce that our Board has awarded our first six sex-positive grants! But then right after the grants were approved, I was suddenly swamped with work as I added "Grant Administrator" to my list of roles at the Foundation. Whew!Read more
Happy December, darling and delightful do-gooders!
The Effing Foundation is ending the year with a bang. I’ve got so much news for you, I’m going to itemize it for your perusing pleasure:
- Contribute to our first fundraiser
- Welcome THREE new Advisory Council members
- Celebrate eight amazing pilot grant candidates
- Check out our new website
Happy October, Foundation friends!
This month we're delighted to welcome a new Advisor to our Council, Aida Manduley, MSW:
Ahoy, all: We've made it to September! Whew.
Our big news for the month is that we have started assembling our Effing Foundation Advisory Council! I am thrilled to introduce you to our very first two Advisors, Mr.BLK of The Black Pomegranate (@BlkPomegranate) and Crista Anne (@pinkness).
(Mr.BLK; left; Ms. Pomegranate, right) (Crista Anne)
This newsletter is getting out to you about a week later than I had planned, which means it's going to sound a lot more serious than I was initially expecting.
I just got back from my first time attending the Woodhull Freedom Foundation's Sexual Freedom Summit, a conference on sexual rights which strives to be intersectional. I met all kinds of folks including legal professionals, reproductive justice activists, sexuality educators and students, and lots of awesome bloggers. If you're passionate about sex-positivity and want to meet a diverse group of folks working for human rights, I highly recommend this conference.Read more
So I thought I was going to be taking July off from this newsletter...but then awesomeness happened, so I wanted to send out a quick note to let you know:
The Effing Foundation is now available on Amazon Smile! If you choose to shop at Amazon.com -- and I recognize there are totally valid reasons not to -- you can select the Effing Foundation to receive a small donation from your eligible purchases. Go to https://smile.amazon.com/ch/81-4822649 to get started.