8 posts categorized "Giving"

March 25, 2016

Kim Watson: A Fearless Advocate for the Trans Community

By Vera Lukacs

Award-winning trans advocate Kim Watson’s inspirational work paves way for the LGBTQ community.

In celebration of Women’s History Month, SAGE would like to bring attention to a particularly inspiring woman. Kim Watson is the co-founder of Community Kinship Life (CKLife), an organization that provides services, resources and support to transgender people. Kim is a mentor and mother figure to young trans people, bringing  them together to live and learn in a safe and stimulating space. Kim also works with Black Transmen Inc., and is currently writing Healing Our Women for POC Trans Women.

Kim watsonKim, herself a woman of transgender experience, advocates for many other transgender people. When asked about the importance of allies in the transgender community, she says, “Allies are folks who are committed to support their SOFFA (significant other family friends and allies) without any deception. The LGBTQ community still has hiccups while trying to support the trans* community, but with dedication they will get better, I believe, in time.”

In a recent GLAAD blog post for #LGBTQFamilies Day, Kim Watson shares on being a mother, wife and mentor of trans experience: “I am also the mother figure/mentor of chosen kids. I have nine boys and one girl who are my chosen children. Now, being a mother figure to these kids has stabilized my patience, my commitment, my passion and energy to keep loving all of them unconditionally. I cannot always see them, but every day I speak to most of them, or they text me.”

Kim is the recipient of many awards, including the Christine Jorgenson Award, the Black Trans Ally Award, and the Certificate of Merit from Senator Jose Serrano (NY).

Kim says, as an aging advocate, it’s important to “stay stress free and practice self care”. Kim, we thank you for your hard work and advocacy for the trans community!

June 8, 2015

How Do We Take Care of Our Own?

As SAGE’s Director of Legacy Planning, I shape our efforts around planned giving. Generally speaking, these are contributions made as part of a larger individual strategy like drawing up a will, selling a business, or reducing taxes (ergo, a “planned gift”). While SAGE has been part of people’s legacies for more than 30 years, we’ve only just begun to fully educate our supporters about this type of planning.


As a longtime estate planning attorney with a focus on the LGBT community , I’ve had lots of exposure to planned giving . But acting as a professional advisor on the outskirts of the development effort is not the same thing as being in the trenches. To help get me up to speed when I took this job, I sought out some information and resources.

One approach comes from a professor from Texas Tech University. Dr. Russell James has a unique background, having both a doctorate in neuro-anatomy and experience as a planned giving professional. He put the two together in studies of planned giving decisions and the areas of the brain activated by different conversations, looking to identify those which were the most promising. Simply put, James considers how our brains work in relation to philanthropic giving.

His book Inside the Mind of the Bequest Donor, suggests that planned gifts are inspired by a desire to make a meaningful impact—something that will “live beyond an individual’s death.” This in turn “requires a community. And it is the values of this community that provide the underlying framework that defines meaningfulness.”

This was music to my still untrained ears. If there’s anything we’ve got, it’s community. And we know that our community values its members, that we take care of our own. That was proven over and over again in our journey from Stonewall through AIDS to marriage equality.

And it was proven again just last week. We were notified of a gift made in memory of a SAGE program participant, with thanks “for all you did to make my brother’s life more enjoyable.” Another wrote of partner, “I know that Frank would have been grateful for the tremendous support I’ve gotten from SAGE since he passed away. So it makes sense that when we’re both gone, we can say thanks to SAGE with this gift.”

Legacy, as we regularly point out in our Successful Aging initiative, is no more than “how we live and what we give.” By their lives they’ve lived, our SAGE age clients and many of our supporters helped create the legacy of a strong community. With their gifts to SAGE, they’re also making a difference in the lives of their fellow travelers.

--Posted by Jerry Chasen, Director of Legacy Planning, SAGE

December 30, 2014

Celebrating Our Year in Pictures

2014 was a pivotal year for SAGE and we are proud to celebrate our achievements in pictures! From Pride with our affiliates around the country to opening up LGBT seniors centers around New York city and from promoting policy changes to our groundbreaking report Out & Visible and more! , SAGE is proud of the work we do on behalf of our LGBT older adults.

Support our work and help us continue to help our community by making a tax-deductible donation before the New Year. Here's to 2015!

December 16, 2014

29th Annual Toys Party a Great Success!

16012383546_c295402775_qOn Sunday, December 14, 2014, Robby Browne, David Tufts and Chris Kann hosted the 29th Annual Toys Party at Chelsea Piers in New York City. With over 2,000 guests attending, the party is a highlight of the holiday season for the NYC LGBT community and serves as a fundraiser for SAGE. Politicians, television stars and community supporters also brought toys which are given to the 9th Police Precinct Community Center, Ali Forney Center, Brooklyn ACE Integration Head Start, Camp Felix, God’s Love We Deliver, Grace Baptist/Faith Mission, The Iris House, UWS Jericho Project/Brick Church and the Youth 4 Seniors/Harlem InterAgency Council.

We would like to thank our hosts, guests and our sponsors, HBO, Ketel One and Grey Advertising, for supporting us this year and we can't wait to see you next December! View a few photos from the evening below. Interested in more? Check out more pics from our photobooth area here and here.

February 13, 2014

Hot in Miami

Since the SAGE offices in New York City are suffering from Winter Storm Pax, we're reliving our SAGE & Friends event that was held in Miami, Florida on January 31st! 

SAGE & Friends
was SAGE's first ticketed event outside of New York City and held in conjunction with our triannual national board meeting. Over 100 supporters came together to kick off and celebrate the New Year and mixed and mingled with the board of directors and Executive Director Michael Adams while enjoying cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and Miami pianist Sam Garner.  SAGE & Friends was a huge success for the organization as SAGE spread our message on LGBT aging to new supporters and friends.

December 19, 2013

2013 Toys Party Recap!

On December 15, 2013, hosts Robbie Brown, David Tufts and Chris Kann along with SAGE held the 28th annual Toys Party at Chelsea Piers, Pier 60. Hailed as the best LGBT holiday party of the year, over 2,500 attendees donated toys that will be delivered to various NYC charities for children during the holiday season. Inside, guests mixed and mingled to the sounds of DJ Johnny Dynell, while enjoying cocktails, photobooths and Santas throughout the night. Special guest, Lorraine Bracco introduced Mayor Bloomberg who made a special speech to the crowd as it is his last Toys Party as NYC Mayor.

View a slideshow of photos from the event below or on our Flickr page!

March 21, 2013

A Company that Really Cares About LGBT Elders

Did you know that today is “Companies that Care” day? SAGE works with many companies that are dedicated to LGBT aging issues and our nationwide work to improve the quality of supports and services available to LGBT older adults. Today, we’re highlighting one of those companies: Continuum Health Partners.

Continuum Health Partners, Inc. was formed in 1997 as a partnership of three venerable institutions — Beth Israel Medical Center, St. Luke's Hospital, and Roosevelt Hospital. They are important partners in ensuring that LGBT older adults are living healthy lives and aging successfully. Led by one of their partner hospital programs, Beth Israel LGBT Health Services, Continuum is working with The SAGE Center on a number of initiatives. These include sending a visiting nurse to The SAGE Center twice a week to provide basic health screenings and preventive care to LGBT elders in a friendly environment, and helping LGBT elders navigate care at Beth Israel through a recently launched 7-month series titled “Ask the Docs.”  Ask the Docs is a monthly health education workshop, held at The SAGE Center, where healthcare providers do screenings and cover topics relevant to LGBT aging.

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March 5, 2013

Miami Invests in LGBT Elders: SAGE Expands Our Family of Donors

On February 13, more than 50 people attended our Investors Circle event in Miami to learn about SAGE’s efforts to improve the lives of LGBT older adults. The event was held at the beautiful Miami Beach home of one of our dearest supporters and National Leadership Council members, Jim Pepper. By the end of the night, many attendees had contributed generous gifts to support our work. 

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