Fundraising Guidelines

The Trans Journalists Association is committed to transparency in every aspect of funding our organization. The TJA raises revenue from a variety of sources to ensure organizational and financial health, and to further our mission of advancing fair and accurate coverage of trans communities and promoting professional development of trans, nonbinary, and gender-expansive journalists.

The TJA's potential funding sources include grants from nonprofit, nonpartisan philanthropic foundations; sponsorships from nonprofit and for-profit organizations; event registration fees; member contributions; individual donations; fee-for-service contracts and other forms of mission-specific earned income; and various forms of sponsored messaging.

All those who contribute commit to helping us preserve our organizational and editorial independence and agree that the TJA retains sole editorial control over its programming, content, and decision-making.

The TJA seeks to avoid funding arrangements likely to:

  • Raise questions about the TJA's independence.
  • Present a conflict of interest with our work.
  • Go against the TJA's commitment to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical ability, age, appearance, or religion.

Additionally, we emphasize the following policies:

  • All financial contributors to TJA agree to the operational independence of the organization and the editorial independence of its members.
  • We reserve the right to refuse any proposed sponsor, partner, or advertiser for any reason.
  • Any entity wishing to represent itself as a partner organization to the TJA may only use our name, logo, or other information with TJA's written approval.
  • Accepting financial support does not mean we endorse donors/sponsors or their products, services or opinions.
  • Sponsors or advertisers may not select panelists or speakers for any TJA events. TJA retains sole discretion over the selection of panelists or speakers.
  • We do not accept any sponsored messaging or paid advertising from political parties, elected officials, political candidates, or from individuals or entities related to specific legislation.
  • We make public all revenue sources and donors who give $5,000 or more per year.

The TJA's board of directors reviews and decides all potential sponsors and funding arrangements.

Read more about our Code of Ethics here.

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