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Paula Ford-Martin Memorial Fund

Haydenville, MA   |  http://www.paulafordmartin.org

Mission

Our mission is to honor the life of Paula Ford-Martin, an advocate and loving mother of gay and transgender youth, by providing scholarship funds and direct support to outstanding young champions for the LGBTQ+ community and their work.

Ruling year info

2020

Founding Director

Cas Ford Rego-Martin

Main address

6 Grove Street

Haydenville, MA 01039 USA

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EIN

85-0999059

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

Lesbian/Gay Rights (R26)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

IRS filing requirement

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

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

LGBTQ+ youth, especially queer/trans people of color (QTPOC), are not afforded equal opportunities to higher education. Surveys by national associations like GLSEN and GLAAD consistently show that LGBTQ+ individuals are far less likely than their straight/cis peers to survive to their graduation, let alone attend college. According to The Trevor Project’s 2020 National Survey on LGBTQ+ Youth Mental Health (the largest study of its kind to date), 1 in 3 LGBTQ+ youth reported being physically threatened or harmed due to their LGBTQ+ identity. Unfortunately, these trends are getting worse: 2021 introduced a record number of anti-transgender bills in the U.S., and is on track to be the deadliest year on record for transgender people. We are fiercely committed to dismantling this cycle of violence through the empowerment and funding of LGBTQ+ youth and their outstanding allies.

Our programs

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Paula Ford-Martin Memorial Scholarship

The Paula Ford-Martin Memorial Scholarship is an annual award for LGBTQ+ young people who are outstanding champions for equality in their communities. Established as a Connecticut program in 2020, the Scholarship is now open to applicants from throughout the United States. We have supported nine students to date who have used their awards for tuition, books, room/board, more for their post-secondary education.

Paula Ford-Martin (1968-2020) was a loving mother and a fierce advocate for queer and trans young people. Paula wrote shortly before she died that her greatest desire is an LGBTQ+ scholarship to reward those students that have gone above and beyond to bring awareness and equality to their school and community. This scholarship was established to continue her legacy of love for all LGBTQ+ people and allies.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
Adolescents

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Society for Nonprofits 2020

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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The Paula Ford-Martin Memorial Fund strives to support young champions for the LGBTQ+ community through the provision of scholarship funds, fiscal sponsorship, mentorship, and other forms of direct support. Our goal is to make empowering educational communities accessible for all young people, regardless of their backgrounds.

*Support young people working for LGBTQ+ justice through fiscal sponsorship, administrative services, and other direct support
*Contact school districts, GSAs, community centers, and every org serving LGBTQ+ youth at the start of the school year to spread awareness and ensure access to our funds
*Accessible, empowering application process: provide robust feedback, mentorship, & resources for accepted and declined students alike
*Active engagement with local schools and organizations serving LGBTQ+ youth, as well as state/national/international nonprofit societies and scholarship associations

The Paula Ford-Martin Memorial Fund and its programs are led by a rapidly growing network of queer and trans young professionals who are deeply invested in their causes and communities. Moreover, Paula’s incredible life and loved ones offer a strong foundation for a multi-generational scholarship fund. Her investment in supporting and uplifting queer youth created a strong, stable network of colleagues and loved ones who will undoubtedly honor Paula’s legacy for many years to come.

Our organization issued $1,000 in scholarship funds during its first year of operation. It created a formal fiscal sponsorship agreement with Queer Youth Assemble (QYA), a national youth-led movement for LGBTQ+ education and activism. We look forward to expanding our partnerships with LGBTQ+ youth-serving organizations throughout New England and across the United States to strengthen sustainable continuums of care for us all.

Financials

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Paula Ford-Martin Memorial Fund

Board of directors
as of 12/03/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Cas Rego-Martin

Timothy Hemhauser

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Mary Ford

Monmouth College Alumni Association

Marlo Kysiak

Elbit Systems of America

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/3/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability