UPDATE: We hit our goal after just one day. We are so humbled and honored by the generosity and amazing spirit of the many people and communities that Jazzie touched.
Indiegogo takes a larger chunk if you don't meet your goal, so we deliberately underestimated our target. We will still very likely need more to cover her end-of-life expenses, so we do hope you will still continue to contribute. If there are any monies left over, we will disperse them evenly between all the agencies Jazzie was involved in so they can continue to uphold Jazzie's legacy.
Jazzie Collins, a fierce trans activist and a member of the Trans March board, recently passed. At the time of her passing, she was surrounded by her friends and in no pain, so she left us knowing she was very much loved.
She also leaves us with an incredible legacy of social change. Among other things, she fought for the rights of trans people, for fair housing for all and for the betterment of our elders. She was a fierce advocate of change and justice and we will miss her fiercely.
As you probably know, there are many expenses associated with someone's passing, not the least of which are the travel costs of the family. We are setting up this campaign to raise funds to honor Jazzie in the style which she deserves.
We will not receive funds raised until well after many expenses are due, so many of the agencies Jazzie was involved with and some of her close friends will be paying things upfront. Funds raised in this campaign will be used to reimburse them. In the event that there's any extra money after all expenses are paid, it will be split between all the agencies Jazzie was involved with so they can continue to uphold Jazzie's legacy.
Please note that you can also donate online using Meals on Wheels' donation page. If you donate through the Meals on Wheels external link you *must* specify in the special comments section that it's for "Jazzie Collins' Memorial" so they know it's for Jazzie. All funds donated through Indiegogo (this site) will automatically go to Jazzie's expenses. We set up this campaign to make it a little easier to track funds raised, but either donation method will work just fine.
Please help if you can.
Other Ways You Can Help
We totally get that not everyone's in a position to help out financially and that's totally okay! If you want to help support Jazzie, there are plenty of other ways you can help.
- Share our campaign with your friends. The more people we get the word to, the more likely we'll reach our goal.
- Comment on this campaign. Not only will you be letting us and the world know what you think of Jazzie, you'll also help us increase our chances of getting on the indiegogo home page where we'll get tons more exposure.
- Click the Like, Tweet and +1 links at the top of the page. The more likes, tweets and +1s, the higher our chances of getting to the indiegogo home page.
- Invite people to the many events celebrating Jazzie's life. We will update this list as they get planned. The next event is at El Rio on Saturday 7/13.