Diversity Alliance of the Puget Sound

Support, Advocacy, and Community Action.

aka DAPS   |   Tacoma, WA   |  https://www.diversityallianceofthepugetsound.org

Mission

DAPS embodies and celebrates the wide diversity within the gender spectrum, believes that this variation is part of the human family's common, normal and natural predisposition, and supports the establishment of social and legal rights for all individuals who desire to temporarily or permanently present and live their lives in a manner different from the gender roles mandated by traditional culture. DAPS rejects the notion of a gender polarity or duality in which there are only two accepted modes of gender expression, and disputes that one must remain fixed in the gender role assigned at birth or in accord with anatomical manifestations. Additionally, DAPS fully supports the right to privacy[.]

Ruling year info

2017

Chairperson

Oliver Webb

Main address

2215 Pacific Ave

Tacoma, WA 98402 USA

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Formerly known as

Gender Alliance of the South Sound

EIN

26-2279867

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Transgender, Non-Binary, Gender Non Conforming, Intersex, Agender and Questioning individuals are ostracized, marginalized, oppressed, and often abandoned, by not only society, but those they once trusted; we aim to establish a support system for those individuals who lack the needed support during their self, societal, legal, and/or medical transitions.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Name Aid

NameAid is a program provided by the Diversity Alliance of the Puget Sound to help people of low income pay for their legal name change.

The name we go by has an effect on how people relate to us, and in some cases, can even affect our ability to assimilate well in society. Many trans people say a name change sends an important message to the world, a message solidified and made official by a court order. The formal update is critical to getting other IDs and papers to reflect one's new name. Fortunately for Washington residents the process is straight forward and unlike some states does not require hiring a lawyer.

In June 2011 the DAPS board of directors decided to create a fund to help trans people achieve the important step of official recognition of a new name. DAPS will reimburse court and clerk charges to those trans persons changing their names who qualify for a reduced fee through WA State GR34 rules. Court fees are waived at the discretion of the court based on income and whether a person is receiving government living expenses.

Name change costs are in excess of $150 for most counties. Even with a reduction the fee is still usually more than $80. DAPS will assist with payment for any Trans, Non-Binary, Agender, Intersex, or Gender Non Conforming Individual for name change from a District Court in WA State. A receipt must be submitted to DAPS.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people

We offer up to 2 month supplies of any of the following HRT supplies they request; needles, syringes, sharps containers, and alcohol wipes to Transgender, Intersex, Genderfluid, Non-Binary, Gender Diverse, and Questioning individuals in WA State. Each shipment includes a specialized card that will send them to a website we have partnered with that will help them find their nearest sharps disposal site. In the event that we are out of supplies for any amount of time we will direct them to a national organization; Trans Needle Exchange.

Population(s) Served
Transgender people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of support groups offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Transgender people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

As of 2021 we now offer 5 groups per week instead of 2.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To support Transgender, Non-Binary, Gender Non Conforming, Intersex, Agender and Questioning individuals in Washington State and other States that lack readily available resources, by offering support groups, community and individual advocacy, and financial means.

Through various programing; educational, supportive, and social, we are able to offer these individuals spaces to be their authentic selves. We also offer advocacy, financial aid, and resources for those who are in need.

We are currently running at 2-3 groups per week and soon adding a 4th event per week. We are also voting on adding several financial programs, in order for the financial programs to be successful we need to make sure we are getting enough donations and/or grants in each year, due to Covid this year was lower than most years, however we have already begun collecting the dates for grants coming up.

We run 2-3 groups per week, are adding a 4th, we are rebranding and adding more promotional information which should help with donations and reach, and we are partnering with new organizations.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Transgender, Intersex, Non-Binary, Agender, Gender Non-Conforming, Genderfluid, Gender Diverse, and questioning individuals.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We added more weekly groups, we revamped the groups we had to better serve our community, we added a HRT supply kit program, and earlier this year we added closed captioning to all of our groups.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our board, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We make sure to be as transparent as possible with everyone we serve, our voting member roster did not exist until me leadership took over and it grows on a consistent basis now, we give as much power to our members as possible.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Diversity Alliance of the Puget Sound

Board of directors
as of 11/23/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Oliver Webb

Skyler Locke

Secretary

Ollie Fjor'Skera

Member-At-Large

Astro Pittman

Member-At-Large

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/23/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/16/2021

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Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.