Reflecting on 2014 and continuing to fight for abortion access in NY state in 2015!

Dear friends, allies, and supporters,

Thanks to supporters like you, the New York Abortion Access Fund (NYAAF) has grown tremendously since we made our first grant to a client-in-need back in 2001. This past fiscal year, we pledged $136,401 on behalf of 374 clients living in or traveling to New York State. Your generosity has allowed our clients to access the abortion services they needed and were unable to afford on their own.

While reproductive rights continue to come under attack across the country, New York is a haven for abortion access. At NYAAF, we are constantly reminded of the critical role we play in supporting patients from other states — 31% of our clients last year traveled to New York from another state, often from places where accessing an abortion has become increasingly difficult.

Recognizing an enormous need and constantly striving to better serve our callers, NYAAF embarked on two transformative projects this year. First, we worked closely and critically with an experienced consultant to develop a strategic plan for our development and to determine priorities and best practices for the future. Second, we implemented a new intake model in which highly trained volunteers manage our hotline under the supervision of current board members. Working with our committed volunteer case managers has increased our capacity for calls and has allowed our community to grow in a truly meaningful way. Both projects took a great deal of time, energy, and love – and we are confident that the hard work will pay off as NYAAF continues to improve and grow.

At such an important and exciting time for NYAAF, I hope that we can count on your continued support. Friends like you ensure that we can continue to return every call we receive and that our clients can continue to access the care they need.

Thank you for your commitment to abortion access in our community!

With our love and gratitude,

msesigatesig

 

 

Maureen Stuzman and Alison Turkos
Co-Chairs of the Board of Directors
New York Abortion Access Fund

Our 3rd Annual Celebrate Access Awards: a smashing success!!

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Our 3rd Annual Celebrate Access Awards party was a huge success, thanks to you!!! We were able to raise over $29,000! Soooo close to our $30K goal! (Want to help us reach that goal?! Donate here, whoo!)

This year’s honorees were MSNBC’s The Melissa Harris-Perry Show, the Entitlement Counselors of Planned Parenthood of New York City, and longtime NYAAF supporter and advocate Barbara Kass. We were so pleased to celebrate the hard work of our honorees and to celebrate abortion access in New York with so many of our supporters.

See some photos of the event below! For the rest, check out our album on Facebook!

See below the slides from our e-journal, which was projected as a slide show during the event. Thank you again to all of our wonderful sponsors!

 

NYAAF’s FY14 Annual Report is here!

The New York Abortion Access Fund is very proud to present our FY14 annual report. In it, you’ll find information about our newly-updated intake process, data about who we serve, media highlights, a financial overview, and much more!

FY14 was our biggest year yet and we’re eager to share our successes with you. Please review the report below and contact us at info@nyaaf.org with any questions.

Sincerely,

NYAAF Board of Directors


NYAAF FY14 Annual Report by NYAbortionAccessFund

NYAAF’s Third Annual Celebrate Access Awards!

This year’s honorees are MSNBC’s The Melissa Harris-Perry Show, the Entitlement Counselors of Planned Parenthood of New York City, and longtime NYAAF supporter and advocate Barbara Kass! Purchase a ticket for the event and read details below:

What: NYAAF’s 3rd Annual Celebrate Access Awards
When: October 16, 2014, 6:30 PM
Where: 225 West 83rd Street between Broadway and Amsterdam, NYC

Ticket prices:
Supporter: $100, one ticket
Silver Level Sponsorship: $250, including one event ticket and a half page message in event e-journal
Gold Level Sponsorship: $500, including 2 event tickets, a half page message in event e-journal, recognition in materials, website, and annual report
Platinum Level Sponsorship: $1000, including 2 event tickets, a full screen message in event e-journal, recognition during the program and marketing materials, website, and annual report

Click here to purchase a ticket for the event!

Punk Rock Karaoke is baaaaack!

 

 

Come sing (or scream!) your heart out for a cause! NYAAF is so excited and pleased to be the beneficiary for Punk Rock Karaoke Northeast! The proceeds from this event will go directly to help folks seeking abortion care in New York, who would otherwise be unable to cover the cost of their abortion.

When: Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 8:00pm
Where: Pine Box Rock Shop,12 Grattan St, Brooklyn, NY
Price: $10 suggested donation
Please spread the word! This event was a BLAST last summer and we look forward to having even more fun this year!
About Punk Rock Karaoke:
Punk Rock Karaoke is a DIY, fund-raising event that benefits a different community group at each event. Like Punk Rock Karaoke on facebook to stay up to date on future events!
Featuring songs from:
Against Me!, Bikini Kill, Black Flag, Bratmobile, Buzzcocks, Choking Victim, The Clash, Circle Jerks, Crass, Dead Kennedys, Descendents, Devo, Flogging Molly, Fugazi, Gogol Bordello, Gorilla Biscuits, Jawbreaker, Joy Division, Minor Threat, The Misfits, NOFX, Operation Ivy, Pixies, The Pogues, Ramones, Rancid, Screeching Weasel, Sex Pistols, Sleater-Kinney, The Smiths, The Specials, Stiff Little Fingers, Wire, X, X-Ray Spex + More!!!

Please join NYAAF for a screening of the “year’s most revolutionary film…”

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Obvious Child is the abortion movie we’ve been waiting for. Take all your friends, especially the ones who aren’t so sure how they feel about abortion, to see Obvious Child. It will not only help demystify abortion but give concrete examples of how to make someone who’s having one feel loved and supported. Plus, it’s really, really funny.”
                                                                  –  former NYAAF board member Steph Herold

In Obvious Child, “a twenty-something comedienne’s unplanned pregnancy forces her to confront the realities of independent womanhood for the first time.” But more than that, Obvious Child is a movie that, for many, will be “a landmark moment in cultural history.” It asks the question, “what if abortion is a story’s happy ending?”

Please join NYAAF as we present a benefit screening of Obvious Child. 
A portion of your ticket purchase will benefit NYAAF.
When: Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 7:05 PM
Where: Angelika Film Center
18 West Houston Street, NYC
Price: $20 (click here to purchase tickets)
The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with the star Jenny Slate, writer/director Gillian Robespierre, and producer Elisabeth Holm.

This Bowl-a-thon is gonna rule. (Seriously.)

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Hello, bowlers! See that picture up there? That’s the sweet venue where the Bowl-a-thon is taking place in less than 3 weeks! Food, drinks, bowling, abortion funding… what more could you want?

On a more serious note, we put a lot of effort into making sure this year’s Bowl-a-thon is the BEST ONE YET… and thus we present some important things you should know:

  • PRIZES!!! Yes, indeed. We have some awesome prizes in store for 3 categories: Top Fundraising Team, Rookie of the Year, and Best Costumes. People go all out for the Bowl-a-thon & we want to honor your efforts. Plus, we want to see who can top last year’s robot squad team ensemble (ABORITON 3000 activate!)
  • NEW VENUE!!! We booked this new Bowlmor location specifically because it’s all on one floor and therefore more conducive to socializing and generally having a great time! At its core, the Bowl-a-thon is a celebration and we want that to come across. The Bowl-a-thon is also longer than it has been in past years because what’s the fun in rushing to bowl? We’re here to enjoy ourselves!
  • SPEAKING OF FUN!!! What’s more fun that having some drinks & eating food? Not much (besides bowling) and there will be plenty of all of that at the Bowl-a-thon! Also, for the first time ever, we’ve booked a DJ to provide some sweet tunes while you bowl. We heavily encourage you to get your dance on, but be careful – those bowling shoes can be slippery!
  • WE’RE KICKING BUTT!!! That’s right. Not only are we OUTPACING last year’s fundraising but we are WAY ahead as far as number of bowlers registered! This says a couple things to us: people are recognizing the importance of supporting abortion funds and they’re willing to do what they can to help – and we couldn’t be happier about that. As we shared with you, we are pledging more than ever before and it is fundraising events like the Bowl-a-thon that make our work possible. Thank you!
Bowling in NYC is freakin’ expensive! Because of our bigger, better venue, we’re spending a bit more this year. Each bowler costs us $50 (vs. last year’s $40). So please try to raise more than $50 so we don’t lose money! :)
Huge congrats to Jenna J. of team “Spare Me!” Jenna’s fundraising efforts last week won her a $100 credit + private shopping party at Bhoomki, a fabulous boutique in Brooklyn that specializes in environmentally & socially responsible brands! Awesome job, Jenna!
Be the best bowler you can be! If you’ve hit your fundraising goal, raise it! If you’ve been meaning to ask that one friend for a donation, go for it! If you know someone who needs to register, remind them to! We have only 20 registration spots left! Let’s do this!

Party at your place?! (and other ways to fundraise offline)

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Hello bowlers!

Now that you’ve personalized your fundraising page and sent out emails, Tweets, and Facebook posts to your networks, you may be wondering what else you can do to reach your goal. Even though your fundraising page is online, we encourage bowlers to also use offline tools to raise money.

Here are some suggestions to help inspire you on how to use offline tools and resources to reach your goal:

Organize an event! The possibilities are endless: you and your team can choose to have a bar night, throw a house party, have a bake sale, or even host a stoop sale (weather permitting!). Think you have what it takes to organize a successful fundraising event, but need a little help connecting with the right folks to make it happen? Great! Send us an email to info[at]nyaaf[dot]org (subject line: “Events”) with your idea, and we’ll get in touch regarding next steps.

Offer perks/rewards for donations! Maybe you don’t have time to throw an event, but still want to provide incentives. Consider offering perks à la Kickstarter for donations to your loved ones. Have a ton of books or clothes lying around? Offer an item of their choice to your donors! Have a large social media following? Consider posting a tweet or blog publicizing your donors’ project! Have stellar cooking or baking skills? Make a meal or treat for select donors! The possibilities are endless & everyone has something awesome to offer.

Use your talents! Are you a musician or an artist? Do you have amazing cooking/writing/social media/organizing/styling skills? Consider using your particular talents to offer your donors a free song, piece of art, consultation, or workshop! It’s a way to show your passion while incentivizing potential donors!

NOTE: Don’t forget to log your cash donations on your Bowl-a-thon page!
We want you and your team to get credit for all your hard work! To log cash or check donations you receive your event, simply log in to your participant page at http://bit.ly/NYAAFbowl14. On the left column near the bottom, click “Enter offline donations.” We will collect the cash & checks on the day of the BAT, or you can email us and arrange for an exchange if you’d rather not hang on to it all.

We reached March benchmark goal of $30,000! HURRAY! But with an overall goal of $100,000, we have a long way to go & the Bowl-a-thon is in less than ONE MONTH!

Thank you so much for supporting NYAAF as we get ever-closer to the best Bowl-a-thon EVER! As always, please reach out to us if you have any questions and happy funding!

Many thanks,
Dana
NYAAF Bowl-a-thon Coordinator

P.S. Fundraise & Win Big!

Win a $100 gift certificate to Bhoomki, a fabulous boutique in Park Slope, Brooklyn, that specializes in environmental & socially responsible brands!

In addition, the winner and 6-8 friends are invited to a private shopping party – with complementary bellinis or wine – at Bhoomki where all purchases will be 15% off!

For every $100 you raise between 3/28 – 4/4, you’ll be entered once into the raffle.Winner will be announced on 4/4. Good luck!

How to be an Awesome Bowl-a-thon Fundraiser

Share this story: Just this week, NYAAF is helping to fund Amanda*, an uninsured patient whose procedure costs $11,000 and who will have to travel across the country to be seen by a provider. Donations during the Bowl-a-thon provide the bulk of our funding to help patients like Amanda* access the abortion services they need!

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FUNDRAISING TIPS:
Getting Those Contributions
Email: Only if it makes sense! If you know people who frequently check their email then go for it, if they’re not one of those people think of different ways to get in touch
Facebook/ Twitter/Other Social Media Outlets: Pick a certain time to put updates.  Be intentional when you ask online. Be sure to tell folks why you care and ask for their support with a specific amount.
Face to Face Or Phone: Always more effective! The more personal your ask the higher chance of you receiving the amount you asked for.
Get into a rhythm!! Fundraising isn’t separate of what’s happening in your life. Get into a rhythm of talking about the bowl-a-thon in your daily conversations.

Key Points of a Successful Ask

Step 1: Make contact!
Reach out by emailing and calling your networks! Tell them what you’re doing (I’m participating in this awesome fundraiser to support one of my favorite organizations, the New York Abortion Access Fund – NYAAF) In your email be sure to tell them what the Bowl-a-thon is and why you support NYAAF. (All this info can be found on the NYAAF website) Speak from the heart!

Step 2: Make the Ask! 
Explicitly ask your network, friends, family, etc…to support your efforts and NYAAF by making a donation today! Remind them that any gift is welcome no matter how small or large. Or ask for a specific amount (Would you be wiling to pledge $100?). Remember, if you’re on a team, your folks can donate directly to you online at your personal page.

Step 3: Follow up, follow up, follow up! 
Some of your people may say “Yes, I’d love to support, but can I give you money next week?” or something to that affect. In order to met your goal (and hopefully exceed it), you must call and email to remind everyone to turn in their pledges to you!! Before the Bowl-a-thon you must collect all checks and cash, as well as email all those people who said “oh yes I’ve been meaning to give to you”. Online donations can be a great way to get people to donate sooner rather than later. Don’t forget to encourage people to donate online!

Step 4: Answer any questions they have!
Some of your donors have never heard of NYAAF, or maybe they don’t know about abortion funds, or the need for NYAAF, etc…. That’s okay! This is a great opportunity to get the word out about what we at NYAAF do. Feel free to use our website, FB page, Twitter account, and ME as resources to help talk about our incredible work with the people you’re asking to support you. Also, feel free to direct them to any of the above resources or provide them with my email if they have questions you aren’t able, or feel comfortable answering.

Step 5: Thank them!
This is the most important step! NYAAF/NNAF will send all your donors thank you notes/tax receipts, but a personalized thank you from you will feel awesome and will make sure your donors know that you appreciate their support.

As always, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here for anything and everything and to support you in anyway!!

KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!
 
Thank you!
Dana
Bowl-a-thon Coordinator