Have questions before you apply?
How can I apply?
What should I expect when I apply?
After you apply, a case manager will work with you to establish and verify the specifics of your case, collect documentation and prepare a summary for the Board of Directors. The BOD votes on each case, and sometimes makes additional recommendations.
What does a typical case summary look like?
Example: Regarding Case XXXXXX – This applicant < summary of the situation and, if necessary, how the applicant got into the financial hardship.> This applicant is unable to pay their electric bill, and, if it is not paid by 00/00/20__, it will be disconnected. All documentation has been received and confirms the applicant’s hardship.
How do you decide who is approved?
The Board of Directors, made up of volunteers from our various Leather, Kink, M/s, and other fetish communities vote on cases. The cases are presented to them absent PII (Personal Identifying Information), as well as specific gender, region, and other references that could identify you. If you have made your hardship public in any way, it is more likely that your situation can be identified from just a few facts, but we can assure that you have a reasonable expectation of privacy, and that your confidentiality is protected, in accordance with our bylaws.
The BOD receive a message with a subject line such as: Case XXXXXX. In the body of the message there will be a case summary, such as: This applicant < summary of the situation and, if necessary, how the applicant got into the financial hardship.> This applicant is unable to pay their electric bill, and, if it is not paid by 00/00/20__, it will be disconnected. All documentation has been received and confirms the applicant’s hardship. We are asking for: $____ Electricity $____ Pharmacy $____For a Food Card (payable to local grocery store chain). TOTAL AMOUNT REQUESTED: $_____
What do you mean by "collect documentation?"
Privacy matters to us. We don't want your mother's maiden name, the name of your first pet or ANY:
What we do and don't pay for. Who and how we pay.
We pay bills such as: utilities, rent, mortgage, insurance, physician bills, pharmacy bills, etc. We pay for medical supplies, urgent home repairs, food, emergency shelter, or other bills which are not prohibited by our bylaws, federal laws, or the laws of any city, state, commonwealth or municipality.
We do not make payments or give money directly to applicants. We pay verifiable creditors directly.
We pay past-due bills only if continued non-payment will result in suspension of primary home (heat, water, electricity, etc.) or health-related services. We cannot pay past due bills that only affect your credit rating or that you feel bad about.
In accordance with our bylaws, LHF can collect and disburse tax-deductible funds donated on behalf of individual(s) in the community. This is the only circumstance under which LHF "makes payments" directly to an individual.
If I apply, how will you protect my privacy?
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.
Where and how does LHF get funds?
People Like You
The Leather Heart Foundation is funded entirely by the communities it serves. Every year, more and more event producers, bootblacks, title-holders and individuals are supporting Leather Heart. This support has allowed us to increase our overall assistance by well over 100% since our first year in operation! To put that in perspective, in 2010 we had approximately 6 cases. In 2012 we had around 20, and in 2015, we had 51.
Soles With Heart
Soles With Heart (page coming soon) began as a grassroots fundraiser for the Leather Heart Foundation. Our president, Khiki, began buying old boots and restoring them, hoping to auction them at events to benefit LHF. Quickly realizing that this project could be much bigger, and really should belong to bootblacks and people better prepared to handle boots and leathers, she engaged local Atlanta bootblack and former Ms. Atlanta Eagle, Jackie, to Captain the program. Jackie ran with it, and now has a well-developed program that is also being implemented in Baltimore, NC, and other areas. [More coming soon]
We have pins, and will soon be offering t-shirts and patches. Please contact us for more information.
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