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The Sisters' Fundraising and Grants
Since our founding in 1979, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence have raised and distributed over one million dollars to non-profit organizations that serve needy communities. Each year, we raise thousands more. The next time you see a Sister with a collection bucket, drop a couple of bucks in, because the money goes right back to the community.
Historically, The Sisters have given grants to under-funded, smaller organizations and projects providing direct services to our communities. The majority of these organizations and projects receive little, if any, government or main-stream funding and may be in the early stages of development. Our grants are typically $250 to $1,000.
We are especially attracted to progressive projects that promote wellness, identity, tolerance and diversity within our communities. We have a vision that encompasses diverse communities and groups that have a common interest in human rights, people of every gender, gender identity, race, class, age and sexual orientation.
For more information on our Grants process and recipients, see Grants.
Past SPI Inc Grant Recipients:
Dreamcatcher Youth Services, Oakland, Grant Received $750
LBGTQ and Trans homeless youth represent almost 40% of homeless youth on the streets. In addition they are overrepresented as victims of sexual exploitation, which is at epidemic proportions. The Sisters gave Dreamcatcher funds to provide incentives and support for their once- amonth LBGTQ and Transonly social night. "We have found that specialized time provides an opportunity for frank questioning and open conversation around identity, exploitation, healthy relationships, safer sex, self esteem, as well as a social time to form bonds and create community, both critical to the youth's outcomes. We have worked with exploited youth for many years now and the number coming to the shelter and support center has tripled in the last year. Among those are many trans youth who are deeply deeply fragile and exploited at record percentages. We need to create the safest possible avenues to build connection with these youth. It is from the reflections of the youth themselves that we have confirmed the desire and need for the space we seek to create through this monthly evening."
Marty's Place Affordable Housing Corporation, San Francisco, Grant Received $1000
Marty's Place provides housing for lowincome people living with HIV/AIDS in San Francisco. This Sisters grant will enable them to purchase a large refrigerator to be used by six residents. "The current refrigerator is 18.2 cubic feet and insufficient for food storage. Food storage and nutrition are essential for everyone, particularly for people with compromised immune systems. The impact of the grant will help our residents be able to store fresh foods and prepare nutritious meals."
No One Turned Away For Lack Of Funds Collective, Oakland, Grant received $500
The Sisters provided funds to make NOTAFLOF's important work more sustainable. "We are a collective of queer and trans*identified people offering hair and healing services, workshops, art events, community dinners, etc, with no one turned away for lack of funds, serving the queer, trans*, POC and allied community of the East Bay particularly low income."
Bay Area Trans Writers Workshop, Oakland, Grant Received $1000
The Sisters grant will enable trans writers to hold their meetings in a semipublic, wheelchair- accessible space, and will make it possible for them to publish the first run of their literary magazine. "We are a diverse, tightknit collective of trans writers collaboratively working to expand and develop our individual practices, and trans literature as a genre, through workshops, readings, outreach, and publications. The first run of our literary magazine will jumpstart our sustainable funding model, while compensating our contributors for their art."