Philadelphia, October 14, 2017/ - Leather Heart Foundation Launches $10,000 in Disaster Relief Funding for Recent Tragedies.

Over the past three months millions of people have become victims of the devastating effects of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria as well as the ever growing wildfires in the western United States. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families as they work to process and recover from these widespread tragedies.

Effective immediately Leather Heart Foundation (LHF) is opening its Disaster Relief Fund for persons affected by recent hurricanes across the southern United States and Puerto Rico as well as the growing wildfires in the western United States. Through the generous support of individual donors and organizations such as Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend (CLAW) and The Master/slave Conference LHF is able to open the Disaster Relief Fund with an initial fund of $10,000.

Leather Heart Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund is in place to cover expenses such as, but not limited to:
  • Rent & Mortgage
  • Car Payments and Repairs
  • Utilities (Water, Power and Gas Bills)
  • Clothing
  • School Supplies
  • Food
  • Gas
To apply for assistance through LHF’s Disaster Relief Fund you must live in one of the designated disaster areas related to the 2017 hurricanes and wildfires. Please apply using the link on the LHF website at www.leatherheart.org or you may access the hurricane relief application directly at https://goo.gl/jEKzh3 and complete the form in full.

LHF relies on the strong support of our community donors to provide assistance in times of tragedy, to support the Disaster Relief Fund we ask that you please make a tax-deductible contribution here https://goo.gl/NqeLpB through PayPal.

For more information on Leather Heart Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund program please contact Bull Stier, Director of Communications at bull@leatherheart.org.

------------------------ Leather Heart Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 Non-Profit organization founded in 2009 with the goal of providing financial hardship assistance to members of the many kink and fetish communities in the United States. The Leather Heart Foundation relies on the support of individual donors, titleholders, and fetish events nationwide. In 2014 the LHF Board of Directors launched a Disaster Relief Fund to support victims of mass disasters who may need specialized support.

LEATHER HEART FOUNDATION MOVES FORWARD FOR 2017

Our Community, Our Heart
The Leather Heart Foundation has completed a very successful 2016. During the year, we distributed more than $80,000 in financial assistance to community members in need from both your local areas and others throughout the country.

The Leather Heart Foundation is honored to serve our community and looks forward to continuing to provide these services. The increased demand for services provided by the Leather Heart Foundation, however, has spread our all-volunteer organization thin and depleted our finances. Thus, in our effort to fulfill our mission and enhance our ability to provide assistance to those in need, we have decided to take time to restructure our organization, seek additional volunteers to help us review the growing number of applications we see, and rebuild our coffers through fund raising. To that end, we enacted a temporary stop on new applications for assistance in January 2017. This pause on new applications is temporary while we reorganize. The Leather Heart Foundation will continue its work during the remainder of 2017 to re-staff, reorganize, and raise necessary funds; and, with your assistance, we plan to reopen with fully operational staff resources and funds in July 2017.

We are asking for your help! Without the support of the community, we are unable to continue providing the valuable and necessary support for our community members in need. The Leather Heart Foundation will be ramping up our fundraising efforts and seeking additional staff resources. Please watch for updates, share, volunteer and assist in raising needed funding.

We believe that the Leather Heart Foundation is a critical and necessary community resource, and we think you do too.

We appreciate the past and continued support of so many in our community who contribute to supporting our own and encourage you to spread the word!

For more information on volunteer opportunities and support for your fundraising efforts, contact info@leatherheart.org, and please watch for future updates and support requests at www.leatherheart.org and through various social media.

In Leather….with heart, Leather Heart Foundation Board of Directors and Staff

About the Leather Heart Foundation: The Leather Heart Foundation provides financial hardship assistance to members of a broad spectrum of our kinky communities. Founded in 2009, the foundation is a tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) organization. We are staffed by volunteers and are grateful for the support by contributions from many individuals, clubs, and organizations across the country.

About us

The Leather Heart Foundation was founded in 2009 in Philadelphia, PA. We started as a word of mouth organization serving mainly the NE, and today we are a national Foundation serving all 50 States in the US.
We are made up of many volunteers, including a Board of Directors, Officers, and several Staff members. Our Staff and volunteers are scattered across the country, from Atlanta to San Diego to Asbury Park.

We are the only national organization of our kind: an organization of, by and for kinksters and leather folk whose sole purpose is to help our brothers sisters who are experiencing financial hardship.

How we help

Financial Hardship Assistance
The Leather Heart Foundation provides financial assistance to members of our kinky communities in financial hardship due to situations like uninsured health expenses, loss of employment, roommates who move, and other similar reasons. At this time, funds cannot be disbursed for non-hardship expenses such as post-secondary education, business startup expenses, etc.

Other Hardships
The Disaster Relief Fund, established by our Board of Directors in 2014, assists those of us affected by natural disasters and hate-crimes committed against the community.

What we stand for

We stand behind our communities and exist to serve our communities
We recognize that the kinky community we serve is actually many diverse communities that make up the larger "kinky community," often referred to under the umbrella term "Leather."

We do not have to huddle under one flag, one set of colors, one name.
We want to be very clear that to volunteer, donate, or apply, you don't have to be "Leather" at all; you just have to be "one of us" - and that is a person, 18 years of age or older who is a member of one (or more) of the many kinky alt.sex communities.

Your Privacy Matters

Your privacy matters to us. The Leather Heart Foundation maintains strict confidentiality requirements and practices throughout the application, verification, and assistance processes in order to protect the privacy of its applicants.
Our Community

Supporters

LHF would like to thank the following groups, businesses and organizations for their generous support: