Thank you, Alison! WELCOME, new board members!

Dear NYAAF Supporters and Friends,

After five incredible years of serving on the New York Abortion Access Fund’s Board of Directors, I am stepping down as Co-Chair. We have grown tremendously over the years, serving over 1,655 clients and pledging over $500,000 for abortion services since 2011. That’s all possible because of great supporters like you, and we’re committed to developing new approaches as we continue our mission to ensure abortion access, regardless of circumstance, across New York.

I’m constantly amazed by what our community has achieved together, and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to be part of it. Serving as NYAAF‘s Co-Chair has shaped me both personally and professionally, and I’m glad to have made many friends and learned so much on this remarkable journey. I look forward to our paths continuing to cross as we work toward our collective mission of access without obstruction.

NYAAF‘s work in providing funding and encouraging public engagement is poised to grow even stronger. In October of last year, we welcomed a cohort of phenomenal new board members. I can’t WAIT for you to meet them in person, but for now you can e-meet them HERE! It has been an honor and a pleasure to transition them in to NYAAF‘s leadership over these past few months, and I am positive NYAAF will flourish with them at the helm.

Join me in welcoming our new Board Members! CLICK HERE to meet the amazing faces who will be taking the NYAAF reigns.

Thanks and Cheers to the Future,

Alison Turkos

Alison

You Make Our Work Possible!

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We hear “thank you” a lot.

We hear “thank you” from people whose abortions we fund, from our collaborators at clinics, from fellow abortion funds, from family, friends, and from our supporters – people like you.

Today, we want to give it back; we want to thank YOU.

With your support, this was a landmark year for us.  We served more people than ever before, pledging more than $130,000 on behalf of 370 clients living in or traveling to New York State, and we couldn’t have done it without you.

Thank you for all you have done to support NYAAF.

You make our work possible!

Wishing you and yours a safe and happy holiday!

URGENT Funding Need for NYAAF Client

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Jess McCabe - Caroline

Over the last month, we’ve been working with a client in a difficult situation. And now we need your help.

Caroline* first got in touch with NYAAF back in August after being unemployed for several months. She did her best to come up with money for the procedure, but was forced to keep rescheduling her appointments when she couldn’t raise enough funds. The procedure continued to become more expensive with each passing week.

Caroline eventually found a new job and was relieved to hear that she would finally have access to health insurance. However, no sooner had her insurance kicked in than she discovered that her new coverage only covered abortion care up to 12 weeks.

Caroline is now right at the New York State legal gestational limit, and has an appointment for an abortion today, Wednesday, September 16. The total cost of the procedure is $6,000. Caroline has managed to pull together $120 and is now earning too much in her new job to receive other funding assistance.

Caroline needs $5,680 in order to keep her appointment today. This is fifteen times our average grant amount, and so we are emailing to ask if you can make an urgent contribution so that Caroline can terminate her pregnancy.

than twenty times our average grant amount, we are emailing to ask if you can make an urgent contribution so that Caroline can terminate her pregnancy.

Can we count on you to help our clients today with a donation of $20, $50, or $100?

You can make an immediate contribution towards Caroline’s case when you click here.

Thank you so much for your consideration and continued support of NYAAF.

Best,
Monika Grzeniewski                             Jessica McCabe
NYAAF Board Member                          NYAAF Intake Case Manager

PS: Anything you can give, even $5, will make a huge impact for Caroline. Can’t donate today – no problem help us spread the word. Forward this message to your friends and family. Post your support on Twitter, Facebook, and across your social networks.
*Not the client’s real name. We shared her experience with her permission. We are using “she/her” pronouns at the client’s request.

Call for Board Members: Deadline extended to August 30, 2015!

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GREAT NEWS!

We’re extending the deadline to August 30 in our search for awesome new board members at NYAAF. We are looking to fill at least 4-5 board positions and would love for you to apply!

Are you or a friend itching to get more involved with your local abortion fund? Do you have great event planning skills? Or perhaps you’re a master when it comes to institutional fundraising? Maybe you’ve got amazing treasury skills, 501(c)(3) financial literacy and management that you’re looking to put to a good cause?

We want YOU to join the NYAAF board!

We will be accepting applications until August 30th, but are reviewing applications as they come in, so earlier applications are strongly encouraged! Please email your application and resume to info@nyaaf.org with the subject line “Board Member Application.”

We can’t wait to get to know you! See all details below and download our application here.

Please note: Applicants must live in New York and be available to attend monthly board meetings in New York City on the third Monday of every month.

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WHAT

The New York Abortion Access Fund is seeking four to five Board Members AND one Transition Co-Chair (see below for more detail). NYAAF’s board is currently an all-volunteer board responsible for all areas of NYAAF’s development and operations.

ABOUT NYAAF

NYAAF believes every individual should be able to determine their own reproductive destiny and have access to the resources, rights, and respect to be able to do so. NYAAF’s mission is rooted in this belief: We support anyone who is unable to pay fully for an abortion and is living in or traveling to New York State by providing financial assistance and connections to other resources. We also strongly value the inclusion of those who have traditionally struggled to access reproductive health care including low-income people, immigrant communities, women of color, transgender and gender non-conforming people.

Our operations primarily consist of working directly with callers to pledge funds toward the cost of their abortion, fundraising, and managing our growing organization’s development. We recently under went a strategic planning process and are currently working to incorporate our strategic plan. We are also in the process of transitioning our organizational model to a membership-based model. Joining the board at this exciting juncture means there is a lot of room to guide NYAAF’s direction, sustainability, and impact. Please see our 2014 Annual Report here for more information about our work.

WHO

We seek Board Members who can contribute to our current Board of Directors in just some the following ways:

  • Vision and leadership (and leadership potential!)
  • Diversity in race, ethnicity, age, economic status/stature, parent status, ability, sexuality, gender identity, professional and career background, and background in accessing healthcare.
  • Have experience, skills, know-how, and passion in any of following areas:
    • Institutional fundraising
    • Event organizing
    • Change management and strategic organizational development, including resource coordination
    • Strategic communications
    • Collective organizational structures
    • Treasury skills and 501(c)(3) financial literacy and management
    • Operations and Human Resources-related skills
    • Incorporating anti-oppression ideas and practice into all aspects of non-profit operations
    • Executive level non-profit management experience

In addition to the above, we also seek a Transition Co-Chair, a specialized board member to serve on a short-term basis whose responsibilities center around seeing NYAAF through a transitional phase. Overall, responsibilities will include coordinating short and long-range planning efforts, including:

  • Monitoring progress on organizational goals per NYAAF’s strategic plan including progress towards the hiring of an Executive Director and transition to a membership model.
  • Ensuring the work of committees align to established timelines
  • Working with Committees to identify capacity-building needs relevant to NYAAF’s transition and coordinate implementation of activities.

HOW

Please download our application here. Please email your application and resume to info@nyaaf.org with the subject line “Board Member Application.” We will be accepting applications on a rolling basis until July 15th, but earlier applications are strongly encouraged! We can’t wait to get to know you!

We will be in touch with strong applicants for a casual interview and to discuss what serving on our board might look like for you and our timeline for making invitations to serve. We view this as a two-way process. Not only do we hope to find applicants that contribute to our needs, values, and mission, but we hope to be a good fit for your goals as a member of our Board of Directors.

Please direct any questions to Julie Krumwiede at Krumwiede.julie@gmail.com.

WHEN

We will be accepting applications on a rolling basis until August 30th, but earlier applications are strongly encouraged!

*****Women of color, trans and gender-non-conforming people (including trans women), and people who have experienced difficulty in accessing necessary healthcare are especially encouraged to apply*****

Calling all potential board members! Join us!

CALL FOR BOARD MEMBERSJune 15, 2015

WHAT

The New York Abortion Access Fund is seeking four to five Board Members AND one Transition Co-Chair (see below for more detail). NYAAF’s board is currently an all-volunteer board responsible for all areas of NYAAF’s development and operations.

ABOUT NYAAF

NYAAF believes every individual should be able to determine their own reproductive destiny and have access to the resources, rights, and respect to be able to do so. NYAAF’s mission is rooted in this belief: We support anyone who is unable to pay fully for an abortion and is living in or traveling to New York State by providing financial assistance and connections to other resources. We also strongly value the inclusion of those who have traditionally struggled to access reproductive health care including low-income people, immigrant communities, women of color, transgender and gender non-conforming people.

 Our operations primarily consist of working directly with callers to pledge funds toward the cost of their abortion, fundraising, and managing our growing organization’s development. We recently under went a strategic planning process and are currently working to incorporate our strategic plan. We are also in the process of transitioning our organizational model to a membership-based model. Joining the board at this exciting juncture means there is a lot of room to guide NYAAF’s direction, sustainability, and impact. Please see our 2014 Annual Report here for more information about our work.

WHO

We seek Board Members who can contribute to our current Board of Directors in just some the following ways:

  • Vision and leadership (and leadership potential!)
  • Diversity in race, ethnicity, age, economic status/stature, parent status, ability, sexuality, gender identity, professional and career background, and background in accessing healthcare.
  • Have experience, skills, know-how, and passion in any of following areas:
    • Institutional fundraising
    • Event organizing
    • Change management and strategic organizational development, including resource coordination
    • Strategic communications
    • Collective organizational structures
    • Treasury skills and 501(c)(3) financial literacy and management
    • Operations and Human Resources-related skills
    • Incorporating anti-oppression ideas and practice into all aspects of non-profit operations
    • Executive level non-profit management experience

In addition to the above, we also seek a Transition Co-Chair, a specialized board member to serve on a short-term basis whose responsibilities center around seeing NYAAF through a transitional phase. Overall, responsibilities will include coordinating short and long-range planning efforts, including:

  • Monitoring progress on organizational goals per NYAAF’s strategic plan including progress towards the hiring of an Executive Director and transition to a membership model.
  • Ensuring the work of committees align to established timelines
  • Working with Committees to identify capacity-building needs relevant to NYAAF’s transition and coordinate implementation of activities.

HOW

Please download our application here. Please email your application and resume to info@nyaaf.org with the subject line “Board Member Application.” We will be accepting applications on a rolling basis until July 15th, but earlier applications are strongly encouraged! We can’t wait to get to know you!

We will be in touch with strong applicants for a casual interview and to discuss what serving on our board might look like for you and our timeline for making invitations to serve. We view this as a two-way process. Not only do we hope to find applicants that contribute to our needs, values, and mission, but we hope to be a good fit for your goals as a member of our Board of Directors.

Please direct any questions to Julie Krumwiede at Krumwiede.julie@gmail.com.

WHEN

We will be accepting applications on a rolling basis until July 15th, but earlier applications are strongly encouraged!

*****Women of color, trans and gender-non-conforming people (including trans women), and people who have experienced difficulty in accessing necessary healthcare are especially encouraged to apply*****

Request-for-Proposals: Racial Justice Training!

Hi! Please circulate this post to any individuals or organizations that may be interested! See text below, and find PDF version available for download here. We look forward to further educating and bettering ourselves on racial justice issues and intersectionality. Thanks in advance!

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

NYAAF is seeking a consultant/firm to facilitate a one-day long racial justice training which will be supplemented with technical guidance to incorporate racial justice principles into our work. It is anticipated that the consultant/firm will provide NYAAF with political education training, an organizational assessment, and a road map for operationalizing racial justice within the Fund’s work.

Organizational Background:

NYAAF Statement of Values:

NYAAF believes that every person should be able to determine their own reproductive destiny and have access to the resources, rights, and respect to be able to do so. We believe that access to affordable abortion care is a critical component of full-spectrum healthcare services. We are working towards a world where abortion funds are not necessary because affordable, safe abortion care is part of mainstream medical practice and covered fully by all types of insurance.

NYAAF believes that the people who call our hotline are experts on their own lives. We believe that they do not owe us anything, including their stories or repayment, in order to qualify for abortion funding. At our core, we believe that anyone seeking an abortion has the right to access one.

We recognize that systems of oppression, including racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, and others contribute to systemic injustices in the healthcare system. NYAAF is committed to recognizing and addressing these barriers to the best of our ability.

NYAAF’s belief in physical autonomy is a core link between our belief in the right to an abortion, and our belief in the rights of transgender and gender nonconforming people to access holistic health care and services. We recognize that people who identify as men can become pregnant and seek abortions; we strive to meet the needs of all people who seek our funding. We work to provide additional resources to callers beyond the scope of abortion funding, such as referrals for Medicaid enrollment, to demonstrate that we value the wellbeing of our callers beyond their need for an abortion.

NYAAF also recognizes that many of our callers would choose to continue their pregnancies if they were in different financial circumstances. As such, NYAAF does not try to speak for the motivations of our clients by framing abortion as an issue of choice.

The New York Abortion Access Fund supports anyone who is unable to pay fully for an abortion and is living in or traveling to New York State by providing financial assistance and connections to other resources.

Reproductive freedom is a matter of social justice, not just an individual choice. We trust and support the decision of the caller and take their lead in adopting the language they use in talking about their pregnancy and circumstances.

NYAAF does not scrutinize how many abortions someone has had, whether contraception was used, whether a sexual assault was reported, or any other information that is volunteered by our client, nor do we attempt to encourage anyone to behave in a certain way. If someone identifies a desire to learn about how to report an assault, how to avoid pregnancy, or other concerns, NYAAF provides information and makes appropriate referrals.

We consider these values to be at the core of our decision making as a board. They serve as an indispensable guide to all of our fundraising, programmatic, administrative, and communications decisions and actions. Our board, comprised of a diverse group of individuals who are all committed volunteers, all strongly believe in the values and mission of this organization. These shared values reflect an understanding of our work as part of a larger social justice and reproductive justice movement to ensure the full rights of all people. By building and supporting this movement, we strive for a world where everyone has the right and ability to determine their own future.

Project Description:

The consultant/firm will be a dynamic facilitator with knowledge of the women’s, gender justice, and reproductive rights movements. They will have particularly deep knowledge of racial justice and organizational development, and will work within NYAAF’s Statement of Values. The consultant/firm should have at least five years of related experience; previous work with abortion funds preferred but not necessary. Experience with supporting radical organizational shifts would be especially welcomed.

We intend to fill the position by mid June 2015, with the training and other deliverables due in late June/July. The total available budget for this project is between $5000- $10,000 approximately, plus travel costs. A competitive application will clearly demonstrate value relative to the proposed budget.

Broadly, responsibilities will include:

  • Working with NYAAF’s all-volunteer Board of Directors, coordinate all aspects of the planning and delivery of the project.
  • Provide NYAAF with a one-day long political education training on key racial justice principles.
  • Conduct an organizational assessment that will identify key challenges within our current approach and provide a summary of recommendations for areas of work.
  • Based on the organizational assessment, develop a roadmap that will allow NYAAF to operationalize recommendations.

    This is not an exhaustive list of responsibilities and is subject to change as per NYAAF’s needs. Please note that the consultant/firm will be provided with the Board’s support throughout the project. The scope of work will be mutually agreed upon by NYAAF and the consultant/firm.

Proposal Submission:

To be considered, please submit the following materials to Linda Saleh at saleh.lindam@gmail.com, copying in Rye Young at ryethenewguy@gmail.com by June 12, 2015 at the latest.

  • Name and contact information of consultant or firm
  • Cover letter
  • Resumes of all members of the consulting team, including a statement of relevant

    achievements

  • A description of the proposed approach
  • Timeline for the project
  • Fee schedule and budget, including any anticipated project-related costs
  • Two references that can speak to the consultant or firm’s relevant experience

    * NYAAF strongly encourages women of color and consulting firms that exercise racial justice in their hiring policies to apply.

 

 

Let’s BOWL!

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Hello amazing supporters! The NYAAF Bowl-a-Thon Fundraiser is back and better than ever!

Whether you want to help a great cause, support an existing team, or you’re eager to show off those bowling skills, find out more about the Bowl-a-thon here.

The Bowl-a-thon is what allows NYAAF to continue our vital work. It’s the event that keeps NYAAF’s services available to those who need it most. That’s why we need your help!

This year, we’re aiming to break Bowl-a-thon records & raise an amazing $100,000! Will you help us achieve that goal?

We’ve compiled this handy list of FAQs, but if you have additional questions feel free to reach out to us, so we can get you bowling! Click the jump to read more.

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NYAAF provides testimony before the New York City Council Committee on Women’s Issues

NYAAF Co-Chair, Alison Turkos provided testimony on NYAAF’s behalf in support of a resolution commemorative Roe. v. Wade and urging Congress to pass the Women’s Health Projection Act.

nyaaf.nyccRead NYAAF’s testimony below!

Testimony of the New York Abortion Access Fund before The New York City Council Committee on Women’s Issues regarding Proposed Resolution No. T2015-2352

January 21, 2015

Thank you to the New York City Council for introducing this important resolution.

My name is Alison Turkos and I am Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the New York Abortion Access Fund, NYAAF. NYAAF supports anyone who is unable to pay fully for an abortion and is living in or travelling to New York State by providing financial assistance and connections to other resources. When an abortion clinic encounters a patient who needs financial assistance, NYAAF is one of the potential funding sources to which they turn. Over the last twelve years, we’ve pledged over $465,000 to help more than 1,500 people access abortion services. We are run completely by volunteers, are funded almost entirely by individual donations, and every single grant we make goes directly to an abortion clinic on behalf of a patient who cannot afford the cost.

People come from all over the country to access abortion services in New York City, for a variety of reasons. NYAAF has helped people from as close as Pennsylvania and New Jersey to as far as California, Texas, Utah, and France. For some, abortion may be more affordable in NYC than in their home states, while others come because they may be able to have procedures done at later stages of pregnancy. Many people that NYAAF has helped found that New York has fewer barriers to accessing abortion care than surrounding states; some have even come from areas where there are no abortion providers at all.

Many states have a limited number of providers, which leads to fewer clinics, which often means more travel time for many patients. Low-income individuals who seek funding from an abortion fund like NYAAF not only have a hard time coming up with funds for the abortion, but many times have to consider time off work, childcare, travel and hotel costs. We work every day with clients who sell their belongings, go hungry for weeks as they save up their grocery money, or risk eviction by using their rent money to pay for an abortion.

New York is lucky in that we don’t have some of the more onerous restrictions like those we’ve seen in recent years in Texas, which have succeeded in closing the doors of many of the state’s already over-burdened clinics. Ensuring that safe, legal abortion care is available to anyone who needs it requires institutional and political support for abortion providers. Clinics should be able to stay open without unnecessary structural requirements or other governmental hoops to jump through – hoops that serve not to protect patient health, but rather to delay access to safe legal services.
While we are privileged to live in a state where Medicaid covers abortion costs and where laws do not restrict access to abortion care, there are still many in New York who are unable to access abortion care. These are the many patients who turn to the New York Abortion Access Fund for funding. As the growing need for NYAAF’s funding shows, legalities can be meaningless when countless other barriers stand in your way. We are thankful for these courageous city council members who recognize that while abortion needs to be safe and legal, it also must be affordable and accessible. We hope this resolution will push people to think about abortion not just within the limiting framework of “choice”, but as a crucial component in the broader fight for economic and reproductive justice. Thank you.