February 2021

The Fund for Resilience, Equity, and Engagement (FREE) is a national 3-year $11M initiative supported by the Elton John AIDS Foundation in partnership with AIDS United. FREE is prioritizing organizations led by and serving transgender and gender-non-conforming (TGNC) communities as well as Black gay, bisexual, queer and same-gender-loving men. 

TSC is a technical assistance (TA) provider assisting grantees that are TGNC led organizations. TSC offers grantees capacity building and technical assistance based on their self-determined needs. TSC will provide individual TA around topics such as finance, human resources, strategic communications, grant writing, curriculum and training development, and more. We also offer training webinars on a wide range of topics, which have included “How to Best Communicate Your Story to Funders,” and “Options for Diversifying Funding.” TSC has completed some dynamic and sustainable TA projects over the past year, and you can read about some of our collaborations on our blog page.


Additionally, in partnership with Valerie Spencer of the Holistic Empowerment Institute, a new leadership development training program was piloted under the FREE initiative. The Master Class (TMC) is an 8-month program, specifically created for trans women of color. This rigorous training and support opportunity helps leaders around the nation navigate organizational leadership and philanthropy, while also focusing on professional goals and supporting women to make the leap to the next step of their desired career plan. This model is designed holistically, to ensure that the spiritual and emotional well-being of participants is addressed throughout the 8 months. Additionally, participants are matched with a mentor who is a trans woman of color for extra support and coaching throughout the training.