TransAction South Dakota, Inc.

Transgender Support and Advocacy in South Dakota

Sioux Falls, SD   |  https://www.transactionsd.org

Mission

TransAction South Dakota, Inc is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) community organization consisting of transgender board members. We stand side by side with our peers to advocate, support, educate, raise awareness, understanding and acceptance of transgender people living in South Dakota. We strive to empower transgender people to use their voices and to give them a platform to share their stories. To promote equal rights for transgender people and to work in partnership with state, national organizations and our allies to achieve a united front in South Dakota.

Ruling year info

2017

President

Marty Alana Epstein

Main address

PO Box 91614

Sioux Falls, SD 57106 USA

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EIN

82-1567043

NTEE code info

Lesbian/Gay Rights (R26)

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

Annually we attend legislative sessions to lobby against anti-Transgender legislation. We work with other LGBTQ+ organization throughout the state of South Dakota to gain equality in school, jobs, housing, etc. To many organizations and politician have a tendency to spread fear and misinformation regarding transgender individuals, try to force public schools throughout the state to force transgender students to use the restrooms of the gender in which they were born, rather than the restroom of the gender they identify as. They try to make us out to be monsters, perverts, sex offenders and the like. It is our mission to educate the public, police departments, emergency personnel, community leaders and superintendents of school districts about who, what, and why we are who we are.

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?

Gender Identity Document Assistance Program

We fill out legal forms and pay for court fees, newspaper legal notices, state drivers license/ID, and birth certificates for transgender and gender non-conforming South Dakotan's

Population(s) Served

We financially back the Sioux Area Transgender Support Group. All board members of TransAction South Dakota, Inc are also members of the local transgender support group.

Population(s) Served

We train transgender and gender non-conforming people who are interested in peer facilitated support groups. We offer training to anyone who identifies as gender non-binary through providing transportation, room, and board to travel to Sioux Falls where our staff will provide a structured facilitator training course. We will also send one of our trained facilitators to the first support group to provide backup support for the new facilitator

Population(s) Served

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 new grants received

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Gender Identity Document Assistance Program

Number of hours of coaching

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Transgender Support Group

Context Notes

Meet with coach bi-monthly to discuss ways we can change visions into missions and goals, making new connections, and other ways to accomplish our mission and goals.

Number of convenings hosted by the organization

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Gender Identity Document Assistance Program

Context Notes

30 total name and gender marker changes statewide in 2017. We are continuing this program in 2018 as it is a vital step in the transition of transgender people.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Transgender Support Group

Context Notes

Attended Pride festivals, planning. outreach, and working with allies of the transgender community in Sioux Falls and Rapid City to put on successful name change clinics

Number of Facebook followers

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Related Program

Transgender Support Group

Context Notes

We currently run 2 groups as well as our business page on Facebook. Each one has between 125 to 300 members.

Goals & Strategy

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

Charting impact

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

Our main goal is to bring awareness, education, and support for all transgender South Dakotan's through community outreach, coalition with LGBTQ+ organizations, national law centers, Human Rights Campaign, ACLU, and other organizations both on a local, state and national level. Our main goal is to reach transgender individuals residing in small towns and rural communities throughout the state. These people may believe that they are the only transgender people, and have no means of support, fellowship, or advocacy. We work to bring our programs and support to all transgender South Dakotan's, regardless of age, race, religion, or any other differences they may have.

We run name change clinics to help transgender individuals change their name and gender markers on their legal documents in order to have their identities align with their gender identity on drivers licenses or state ID, social security, birth certificates, passports, and other such legal documents in order for transgender individuals live more fulfilling lives. We run a web site at https://www.transactionsd.org where anyone can go to find information, resources, and to communicate with members of TransAction South Dakota, Inc, our support group, and other important information which may not otherwise be available. Our goal is to create a social media network where transgender, gender non-conforming, non-binary individual can go for support, fellowship and for a safe secure location where only people like themselves, and our allies, have access.

Through grants and fundraising efforts, we are able to reach out and hold events on a statewide basis. We work diligently to expand and improve our web site in order to reach as many individuals throughout the state as possible. To date we have made two trip across South Dakota to Rapid City to bring support, and to hold a name change clinic in July and August of 2017. We attend several Pride events each summer to bring awareness of our organization, the work we do, and to gain contacts throughout the state in order to be able to reach those in rural areas.

We have helped 21 individuals change their legal documents to their preferred names along with their gender markers. Our website has been up for a few months and people have the ability to register for membership on the social end of our website, login, update profiles, request friendships with other members, have group and private messaging, and post/comment to blogs and forums.

Financials

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Operations

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TransAction South Dakota, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 08/09/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Marty Epstein

Marty Epstein

Elizabeth Duenwald

Dani Beaner

Phoenix Rosario

Kimberly Rogers

Kimmins Southard

Jae Puckett

Board leadership practices

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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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • 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? No