1. Is Transitory Life a legitimate, registered organisation, do you have charitable tax status & is it just Teague Leigh, or is there a committee?
- Yes, Transitory Life is a registered organisation, ABN 6992 5147 375. No, we have not attempted to register for a charitable tax status as this requires a committee, which we do not have. Yes, Transitory Life is currently made up of the sole member, Teague Leigh. Teague Leigh is a layperson, with only general financial, communications & business training/teaching/acumen. He is not doing this to make money, but rather to raise money in order to hand it out to those in need. Transitory Life is always looking for people to assist in a permanent part-time capacity, willing to dedicate at least 6hrs a wk to the organisation in the downtime & up to 20hrs a wk during the preparation of our fundraisers. Ideally, in order to form a productive committee Transitory Life requires five professionals willing to take on the necessary time required to make the organisation sustainable. Should you want to commit your time, please contact us.
2. I heard Transitory Life was started to raise funds for Teague Leigh’s own medical costs, is this true?
- No, it is not. Teague financed his own chest surgery by borrowing the money from an individual he would rather not have. He will still be paying that loan back until mid 2013. Teague did have the idea to have a “tits-off” fundraiser, but didn’t think it would be all that successful. He realised that if he was having these monetary issues, then others would be too. At the time he was a member of a group whose members were calling for something to be done. As there were social groups starting, but nothing focused financially, Teague waited for someone better qualified than himself to start an organisation. When that didn’t happen, he started it himself, using some of the money he borrowed from his benefactor as capital for the first Transitory party in 2009.
3. Transitory Life has been running since 2009, but I haven’t heard of you, why is that?
- You may not have heard of the business for many reasons: our reach isn’t that expansive yet; we have not targeted the right organisations in the right way; the time given to the organisation has been restricted due to Teague’s poor health (he has Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & suffers from anxiety & mild Asperger’s Syndrome) and lack of time & experience. The organisation has received radio time on 3CR’s ‘Out of the Pan’, a few shows on Joy 94.9 and had articles written in Southern Star & on samesame.com.au. If you think we should be targeting a particular group via Facebook, email, or the like, please let Transitory Life know so that we can get the word out.
4. What happens to any profits raised from fundraisers?
- After all expenses (performers, venues, musicians, advertising etc) have been paid, all profits sit in the high interest Transitory Life bank account. The funds are kept there in order to build on. In these tough economic climes it makes more fiscal sense to hold a reserve of funds to ensure the continuation of business, rather than having to close down due to lack of funds &/or bankruptcy. All funds are then fed back into the business, financing further fundraising parties and pay for the yearly expenses of running a business, such a bank accounts, internet hosting & the like.
5. If you are a non-profit organisation, why do you not deliver transparency?
- It has always been the intention to be fully transparent and Transitory Life is working with a registered accountant to make sure the finances maintain their legitimacy. However, the accountant donates their time & therefore we work to their time constraints. When the ledger has been signed off, it will be posted on the website.
6. Are Grants only available to Victorian residents?
- Yes, at this stage, Transitory Life is only in a very limited position of funding. We know the need is great, so hopefully in future we can increase our reach and assistance.
7. Your first grant, the First Life Grant, is not means tested, why is that?
- Over the years the question of how to fund individuals and meter out the limited funds that we have fairly has been the most difficult one to answer. Teague has decided not to make this first grant means tested for a number of reasons: A single person still living at home, not paying rent or bills with a $15,000 annual salary may have less expenditure than someone with a $50,000 salary who may have children to feed, loans to pay off & the like, Transitory Life does not want to exclude anyone based on their salary alone. Also, Teague is the only one reading submissions for grants funding. As his time is restricted, he wanted to streamline the process as much as possible. Another reason: by making this grant a blind ballot it will ensure impartiality. Also, Teague is not a counselor or financial consultant, he is not qualified to give advice or decide who is better qualified to receive grants over others; he cannot decide who needs help the most any more than your local journalist, barrister, teacher or hairdresser can.
8. These grants are a hand-out, surely people would be better helped if they were given the tools to help themselves?
- In an ideal world, if you teach a person how to live on $5 a day they can make it work no matter what. Unfortunately, we do not live in an ideal world. We live in a world that is ever changing & constantly throwing up challenges. Transitory Life’s mission is to provide funding to trans individuals. Transitory Life believes there are better organisations with dedicated, experienced, trained professionals who are better equipped & resourced to help individuals with the day to day running of their lives. The Zoe Belle Gender Center is one such organisation & Transitory Life urges everyone to make the ZBGC their first stop when seeking help. For emotional support please contact the Gay & Lesbian Switchboard, BeyondBlue or Lifeline.
9. How can I get involved?
- Transitory Life is always looking for people to volunteer on a permanent part-time capacity willing to dedicate at least 6hrs a wk to the organisation in the downtime & up to 20hrs a wk during the preparation of our fundraisers. Ideally, in order to form a productive committee Transitory Life requires five professionals willing to take on the necessary time required to make the organisation sustainable. Should you want to commit your time, please contact us.
10. What with work & study & everything else I do, I do not have the time to volunteer, is there another way I can help Transitory Life?
-Yes. Please share the website and our Facebook page/status updates with your friends & business networks. If you have a night free, please attend a future event, even if you cannot stay the whole night, your attendance is always appreciated. The feedback from our guests has always been a positive one with many looking forward to the next event.