The International Ms Leather (IMsL) Foundation was established in 2014 and is a 501(c)3 to support the development of sex-positive communities, provide education on alternative sexuality and sexual freedom, and enable leaders to articulate the values, goals and visions of their diverse communities.
The organization will provide forums for education and awareness that will empower our community and establish a network for further leadership development. The Foundation is a California state nonprofit corporation that is an educational foundation that will provide support to community leaders (including those selected through the International Ms Leather competition), provide quality education on a national and international level, and develop the capability to catalogue, gather and archive leather history.
We envision The IMsL Foundation doing the following:
- Support a travel fund for the winners of the annual International Ms Leather (IMsL) and International Ms Bootblack (IMsBB) contest during their title year to allow them to provide education, outreach and leadership around the world.
- Work in conjunction with the IMsL/IMsBB titleholders to create fundraising opportunities in their home communities and support grassroots charities in those local communities.
- Hire and retain an archivist who will work at the Leather Archives & Museum in Chicago to catalog and document the materials donated to the Archives.
- Create quality educational programs through the use of grants and leadership development through the Foundation.