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If you’ve decided to publicly transition your gender presentation, there are many ways you can do so. Some of them, including hormones and gender confirmation surgery, can be quite costly; even processes such as securing legal documents that fit your current gender identity can incur costs. Here are some suggestions for starting a crowdfunding campaign to support whatever elements of transition are right for you.
Embrace the full spectrum of the opportunity
A crowdfunding campaign for gender transition is about more than the money you raise. It’s an opportunity for you to tell your story, connect with people, and receive support from friends, family, and community members—even from strangers around the world.
In addition to raising funds, sharing your journey can reverberate both inside and outside your own social circles in powerful ways, becoming a transformative experience for others as well as yourself.
Build bridges with your transition story
Any successful fundraiser starts with honest storytelling. Telling your story requires courage. Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable when you share details—authenticity invites people to care enough to lend a hand. By telling your story with clarity and heart, you inspire compassion and understanding.
Think about how you frame your story. In books and movies, people care about characters who want something badly and are having (challenging yet surmountable) trouble getting it. Don’t be afraid to show your flaws: People often feel a greater connection to imperfect characters who are doing their best under extreme circumstances. For more tips on telling compelling stories that inspire others to give, take a look at our blog post on effective storytelling.
Another way to make your story feel more personal—and to increase donations—is to use plenty of photos and video. Compelling images also help other people share and tell your story through social media. In addition to using photos and video on your fundraiser page, be sure to include them in the updates you post for donors throughout your campaign.
Share the support to help others
Think about sharing a portion of the funds you raise with a worthy organization that supports people in transition—and if you do, state that clearly on your page. An organization such as Gender Spectrum or Transgender Law Center is a good choice. Letting people know that a portion of their donation will go to such an organization raises awareness of their cause and “adds a halo” to your crowdfunding campaign. Whatever organization you choose, you don’t need to worry about having an official partnership with it—simply make your donation to it as soon as your crowdfunding campaign is complete.
Share each new chapter of your transition
Once you post your fundraiser page and begin to share it, the next chapter in your story is just beginning—both the story of your fundraiser and the process of your transition.
When you view each donation as the beginning of someone caring about you, rather than the end, it makes clear the importance of posting frequent updates. Updates bring donors along in this unfolding story—and when potential donors see them on your page, it inspires them to become part of your story as it continues to unfold.
At YouCaring, we see a direct correlation between the frequency of updates and the volume of funds people raise. So update your donors often. Share good news as well as hardships, and do so as often as you might fill in a close friend. When people hear your story as it progresses, they are more able to support you both monetarily and emotionally. It can even help them learn how to support others in their lives who are trans*, genderqueer, or in transition.
Are you ready to begin your gender transition crowdfunding journey? Start a free fundraiser on YouCaring. On our compassionate crowdfunding platform, we never take a penny of the funds you raise for ourselves.