THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! 7th Annual Bowl-aThon was a huge success!

WE DID IT! Over the last few months, 310 stupendous bowlers surpassed all our expectations and raised more than $137,000 — which sets a new record for NYAAF and the National Network of Abortion Funds! We’d like to extend our most heartfelt THANKS to all of you who fundraised your hearts out these past weeks and brought all that awesome reproductive justice spirit to the NYAAF Bowl-a-thon on Sunday. We had a great time, and hope you did too!

In particular, we’d like to honor the RU 4-86ing Abortion Restrictions or What? for bringing the most impressive costume flair – what’s not to love about those Ruth Bader Ginsburg likenesses?

We’d also like to congratulate The Pills for being the top fundraising team, having brought in more than $17,000 in donations! Some lovely NYAAF canvas tote bags await them. Finally, we want to extend our warmest thanks to bowler and longtime NYAAF supporter Barbara Kass, who was the top individual fundraiser and who had the most unique donations for the 2016 Bowl-a-thon. We’re thrilled to award Barbara with 4 Super Vouchers to the American Museum of Natural History here in NYC.

We look amazing! Despite lighting challenges!

We look amazing! Despite lighting challenges!

Final Notes for Bowlers: 

  • Don’t forget to thank your donors!  We’d love their support in years to come, so send those thank you notes and emails!
  • The Bowl-a-thon site stays live through the end of April, so follow up with those stragglers who promised donations but didn’t get to it yet!
  • Treat yourself to something amazing for doing such great work for abortion access!
  • PIX! Do you have awesome photos of you and your team? We’d love to see your best Bowl-a-thon pictures — feel free to tag us on Instagram (@nyaafund),Twitter (@NYAAF), or Facebook (New York Abortion Access Fund), and use the hashtags #NYAAFbowl16 and #bowl16.
  • If you won a raffle prize but did not claim it on Sunday, please email nyaafbowlathon@gmail.com so we can get your prize to you!

We can’t thank you enough for being such FIERCE, FUN, and PHENOMENAL advocates for safe abortion access. We’re already looking forward to bowling with you again next year!

SPECIAL THANKS go to the volunteers on our Planning Committee: DoryJessicaJuliaMaureenSoniaNicoleMichelle, and Sara. Your hard work on this event was INDISPENSABLE. Thank you so much. 

Madly-Truly-Deeply Yours,

The NYAAF Board Of Directors

Update on Cyber Attack: We Remain Resilient!

Dear NYAAF Community,

As some of you may be aware, the National Network of Abortion Funds experienced a cyber attack last week. As a result, the Bowl-a-thon website is temporarily down. Additionally, you may have received an email yesterday that appeared to come from the National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF) that contained anti-choice propaganda. We believe this harassment is part of a targeted effort by anti-choice bullies.

NNAF is working tirelessly to resolve the issue.They’ve let us know that they believe that beyond email addresses, no personal information has been compromised. We will keep you updated as we receive more information.

It is obviously upsetting to be the target of this kind of attack. Yet it is a reminder of why we must work so hard to make sure that abortion care is accessible to everyone. We won’t be stopped by cyber attacks, or by those who seek to restrict abortion access. NYAAF remains resilient. The Bowl-a-thon website is still down, but until it goes back up, you can show your support by donating at the NYAAF website. Will you stand with NYAAF and donate today?

Thank you all for your ongoing support of NYAAF and our work — as bowlers, donors, volunteers, and more. We wouldn’t be able to do this work, and remain strong in the face of challenges like these, without you.

In solidarity,

The NYAAF Board of Directors

Get ready to BOWL!!!

Join us for NYAAF’s 7th Annual Bowl-a-thon!

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Sunday, April 10, 2016
11AM – 1:30 PM
Bowlmor Chelsea Piers (Pier 60)
23rd Street & West Side Highway, NY, NY

It’s time for the New York Abortion Access Fund’s annual Bowl-a-thon! Every April, abortion funds all over the country host bowling extravaganzas to raise money to protect abortion access for all who need it. Can we count on you to put on some bowling shoes and come out for abortion access?

Last year, NYAAF broke the state and national record and raised more than $125,000! That’s right — thanks to the stellar energy and fundraising efforts of our bowlers, and the generous support from donors near and far, we were once again the #1 abortion access Bowl-a-thon in the country!

We need your help to make the 2016 Bowl-a-thon even better!! This year’s Bowl-a-thon is on Sunday, April 10, 2016, at Bowlmor Chelsea Piers (Pier 60 // 234d Street and West Side Highway, New York, NY). In addition to bowling, there will be a raffle, prizes, food and drinks, and a spirit of collective action as we gather as a community committed to reproductive justice.

Get your friends, families, colleagues, or community groups together, form a team, and register to bowl with us! Got some extra team spirit? Register as a team captain! No team? No problem! Register as an individual and we’ll match you up with other awesome bowlers.

–> REGISTER HERE! <–

We can’t wait to fundraise and bowl with you! Support NYAAF and meet other reproductive rights and bowling enthusiasts as we strike down barriers to abortion access!

Many thanks,
The NYAAF Bowl-a-thon Planning Committee

Get Ready to BOWL!

Join us for NYAAF’s 7th Annual Bowl-a-thon!

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Sunday, April 10, 2016
11AM – 1:30 PM
Bowlmor Chelsea Piers (Pier 60)
23rd Street & West Side Highway, NY, NY

It’s time for the New York Abortion Access Fund’s annual Bowl-a-thon! Every April, abortion funds all over the country host bowling extravaganzas to raise money to protect abortion access for all who need it. Can we count on you to put on some bowling shoes and come out for abortion access?

Last year, NYAAF broke the state and national record and raised more than $125,000! That’s right — thanks to the stellar energy and fundraising efforts of our bowlers, and the generous support from donors near and far, we were once again the #1 abortion access Bowl-a-thon in the country!

We need your help to make the 2016 Bowl-a-thon even better!! This year’s Bowl-a-thon is on Sunday, April 10, 2016, at Bowlmor Chelsea Piers (Pier 60 // 234d Street and West Side Highway, New York, NY). In addition to bowling, there will be a raffle, prizes, food and drinks, and a spirit of collective action as we gather as a community committed to reproductive justice.

Get your friends, families, colleagues, or community groups together, form a team, and register to bowl with us! Got some extra team spirit? Register as a team captain! No team? No problem! Register as an individual and we’ll match you up with other awesome bowlers.

–> REGISTER HERE! <–

We can’t wait to fundraise and bowl with you! Support NYAAF and meet other reproductive rights and bowling enthusiasts as we strike down barriers to abortion access!

Many thanks,
The NYAAF Bowl-a-thon Planning Committee

URGENT funding needed TODAY for 15 year old patient!

Anna* is a 15-year-old high school student who is passionate about tap dancing and plans to attend college to study fashion. She* recently learned that she is 28 weeks pregnant. Anna is scheduled to have an abortion TODAY (Sunday Feb. 14, 2016), and due to the advanced stage of her pregnancy, it will cost $15,500. Anna and her mother are able to contribute $1500.

We first heard from Anna on Tuesday. Since then, we have been inspired by the collaborative support offered by other regional abortion funds, who have collectively pledged $2,300.

We need your help to raise the remaining $11,200. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO MAKE A DONATION FOR ANNA’S APPOINTMENT TODAY!

While NYAAF does not typically ask our supporters to fund specific clients, we are making an exception in this case for two reasons: First, Anna’s need is URGENT—if she is unable to keep her appointment this Sunday, she will not be permitted to terminate her pregnancy at all under current laws and clinic restrictions. Second, we want to support Anna without compromising our ability to help the hundreds of other clients who will call us this year.

Your pledge of $20, $50, or $100 today will allow Anna to safely end her pregnancy and have the opportunity to fully pursue her dreams. It will also ensure that NYAAF can continue to fund the many other clients who rely on our support.
Thank you for standing with us in protecting access for all who need it. We are so grateful for you! Please consider sharing this message with your friends and family via email or social media.

Warmly,
NYAAF Board of Directors

*Client’s name changed to protect privacy. She/her are the client’s preferred pronouns.

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*****