National Network of Abortion Funds

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Headquarters Location: Boston, MA
Founded: 1993


Mission: The National Network of Abortion Funds works to make sure that all women and girls can get the abortions they seek.


Tags: national, reproductive health rights and justice, 2013, national, reproductive health rights and justice, 2013


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Story: “What do you do if you need an abortion but you are too poor to afford one?  For many women, the answer is: you turn to the only people who are willing and able to help – abortion funds.” –Melissa… Read the full story.

Expert Reviews: Evidence of Impact
National Network of Abortion Funds advocates for low-income women and their access to abortion clinics. The organization’s recognizes the need to secure appropriate funds for many abortion clinics in the country to continue their services. They are very effective in mobilizing for action and collecting funds for women in need. Their national network helps thousands of women to access abortion providers.
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Leadership
National-network-of-abortion-funds Stephanie Poggi. Stephanie has been an activist for social justice for more than 30 years. In addition to her work for reproductive freedom, she has worked in feminist and LGBT journalism, the battered women’s and rape crisis movements, and for racial justice, civil rights, and welfare rights. For many years she worked as editor of Gay Community News, the national progressive lesbian/gay… See full bio.


Financial Data
Total Revenue:
$884,078


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National-network-of-abortion-funds Story: “What do you do if you need an abortion but you are too poor to afford one?  For many women, the answer is: you turn to the only people who are willing and able to help – abortion funds.” –Melissa Harris-Perry, 11/16/2013

The National Network of Abortion Funds and our network of grassroots abortion funds across the country have helped over 340,000 women who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to afford an abortion.  Monica’s story illustrates the many barriers to abortion access women face and the power of abortion funding to change women’s lives.

“I’m a married mother of three children ages 6, 3, and 2.  My husband and I have struggled with our business and he recently accepted a part-time employment opportunity so that we can have more financial security.  However, we had hoped I would’ve been able to find employment myself by this time.  We had to cancel our health insurance because it was $600 a month and we needed that money to pay our rent and heating bills.  Last week, I sold my wedding ring to pay for groceries.

One night, I sat up until three in the morning looking online for people who might be able to help me.  I sent an email to the National Network of Abortion Funds, and the next day a woman called me back with the names of clinics and abortion funds that could help.

I had my abortion yesterday, and last night I slept for the first time in weeks.  I’m still looking for work, of course, and money’s still going to be tight.  But getting my abortion means that I can plan for how to take care of my family.  It means that we’ll be able to make it work for a while.  It means that I can have hope that we’ll get through this.”

Working directly with women like Monica who cannot afford an abortion gives NNAF a unique perspective when we educate legislators, the White House, the national media, and the public about the harms of abortion funding restrictions.  As a co-chair of the All* Above All campaign, NNAF is a recognized leader of national efforts to restore and sustain abortion coverage for low-income women.

Together, we work for a better world – a world where all women have the power and resources necessary to make healthy decisions about their bodies and families.

Expert Reviews of National Network of Abortion Funds

Evidence of Impact Summary:

National Network of Abortion Funds advocates for low-income women and their access to abortion clinics. The organization’s recognizes the need to secure appropriate funds for many abortion clinics in the country to continue their services. They are very effective in mobilizing for action and collecting funds for women in need. Their national network helps thousands of women to access abortion providers.
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Organization Strengths Summary:

National Network of Abortion Funds has strong leadership and talented staff. The great support from its constitutes this organization enjoys is evidenced in its continuing development. They build strong relationships with other organizations and grassroots members to reach out to diverse groups of people. With strong organizing experience on the ground, they have build remarkable collations working together toward the same goal -- reproductive rights for minorities.
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Areas for Improvement Summary:

According to experts, National Network of Abortion Funds could utilize federal lens in strengthening their agenda and reaching broader funders. NNAF needs to secure its partnerships with effective communication and better collaboration. Other areas of improvement includes: training more minority leaders and promoting the work of their collaborators.
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Expert Comments: Evidence of Impact

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Much Needed Support

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They offer invaluable practical support for women unable to pull together funding for abortion care.

Provides Funds

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This organization provides funds for low-income women in need of abortion care and coordinates the state funds. They also co-spearhead the CAARE coalition and provide most of the staffing. The CAARE coalition is strategizing ways to ensure abortion access for all women.
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The Network serves thousands of women annually in accessing abortion care. They have also begun the long journey to effecting legislative change to repeal the Hyde Amendment and restoring public funding for abortion. They work within the states to protect Medicaid funding in the states that have it and look for opportunities to increase abortion access and public funding where possible. They provide resources and assistance to local funds in the US, Mexico, Canada, the UK, and worldwide to help them increase their capacity in assisting women.
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NNAF does amazing work to provide low-income women access to abortion care by raising money and getting resources to those in need as well as work to change the policy landscape to reduce restrictions.
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Their impact can be seen in fact that funding has been provided to continue researching the impact of funding restrictions by foundations. They are working with women of color, young women, and taking a leadership role in areas others don't always- public funding for abortion.
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Through the work of its member funds, this organization collectively assists thousands of women to access abortion and builds the reproductive health rights and justice movement by creating opportunities for meaningful engagement and leadership development.
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The Network has maintained a laser-focus on the Hyde Amendment and the issue of access to abortion for low-income women, and has been able to pull partners together to research and implement innovative strategies, and move this agenda forward.
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NNAF has increased its impact not only in organizing and support new abortion funds on the ground, but in leading advocacy against the Hyde Amendment (CAARE) and to raise the voices of low-income women having abortions as well as those who volunteer in abortion funds. They are doing critical on the ground work to ensure women have access to abortion today, and bringing a critical and too often overlooked perspective to national advocacy efforts and the dialogue on abortion rights.
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This organization has strengthened and enabled member funds to provide thousands of low-income women with the funding they need to have an abortion. It has launched a long-term campaign to build support for public funding of abortion.
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This is direct service where it is most needed. They are providing the support and know-how for the local funders makes reproductive choice a reality for the many women who don't have funds or insurance coverage to get safe abortions.
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They provide and mobilize funding for abortions for poor women across the country.


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Strong Communications

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They have amazing use of social media and creative fundraising. They are doing the hard work of direct service while also serving as advocates for the women they serve.
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They are very mission driven and have a strong social media/web presence. They are great at movement building and grassroots organizing and fundraising. And, they focus on what on one else seems to want to address: ensuring that women at the lowest income levels have access to abortion care. They are leading the charge on overturning the Hyde Amendment and though achieving this may be a long-term goal, it is important to keep the pressure on this.

Strong Leadership

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They have great leadership from Hyde. They also have a strong grassroots network and they are visionary and yet grounded.

Strong Marketing Ability

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NNAF brings together funds in many states and gives them a cohesive message, brand and ability to market. NNAF has strong leadership in Stephanie Poggi and they have made great strides in moving the discussion on financial access to light.

Great Leadership

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They have great leadership. Stephanie Poggi is a fantastic advocate for low income women. NNAF’s vision is for a more equitable approach to abortion care.
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The Network has strong, diverse leadership that is committed to increasing abortion access. The staff continue to expand and the organization continues to grow.
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The leadership of the organization works not only to ensure NNAF stays on course but also works collaboratively with other advocacy groups to change the cultural and political landscape on abortion. The dedication of the staff team is also amazing and surpasses all others.
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They have strong leadership within the organization, Board of Directors, partners in coalition, and network of grassroots members.

Strong Program Model

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They have a strong program model, which both directly assists and advocates for low income women, and combines grassroots activism with federal policy work.

Amazing Staff

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The organizing staff do an incredible job tapping into the energy, dedication, and passion of local fund activists and to elevate and make mainstream issues of abortion access.
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The Network's staff are wonderful, thoughtful, insightful people across the board. They do a great job of supporting and unifying a diverse coalition of funds while allowing them freedom and independence.
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They are a well-managed nonprofit that addresses the diverse needs of its constituencies --member funds, poor women, policy advocates -- with great skill. They have creative and talented staffs.

Issue Understanding

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Their strength is their understanding of the on-the-ground needs of women who don't otherwise have the means to get the healthcare they require. The commitment that they've continued to demonstrate over the years has helped many thousands of women.


Expert Comments: Areas for Improvement

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Reconsider Strategy

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They have a smart strategic view - funding coordination is key. But the organization needs to look further into funding in the whole context of health care and reproductive health in particular.

Need Funding

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They are still a small group. They could use additional funding particularly to move their vision through federal policy.
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More effective fundraising would translate to a potential to expand their programs.

Provide More Resources

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They could be doing more to help local funds get involved in advocacy, such as providing them with the resources to do so.

Strengthen Its Policy

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NNAF could strengthen its policy expertise and, if provided more funding, increase its work in that area.

Improved Communication

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I would like to see the strengthening of grassroots members and improved messaging about issues. They could improve by getting the word out more about what they do.
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They have a reputation as poor communicators and collaborators with colleague organizations. And the strongest funds are in some of the states with the least need (MA, NY). I would love to see them invest more in funds in very conservative, high need states.
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They could better publicize the work of its member funds so that they can garner additional support.

Develop New Leadership

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They could prioritize additional leadership by women of color on their staff. The structure between a parent organization and members is always evolving - continuing to find the balance of support and partnership that keeps the network viable without compromising or competing with individual fund efforts.


Leadership

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Stephanie Poggi
Executive Director
Stephanie has been an activist for social justice for more than 30 years. In addition to her work for reproductive freedom, she has worked in feminist and LGBT journalism, the battered women’s and rape crisis movements, and for racial justice, civil rights, and welfare rights. For many years she worked as editor of Gay Community News, the national progressive lesbian/gay weekly, and later served as editor-in-chief of Sojourner: the Women’s Forum, a national feminist newsjournal.

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