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National Network of Abortion Funds Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 08/11/2014: National Network of Abortion Funds

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 10/17/2014: NATIONAL NETWORK OF ABORTION FUNDS

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National Network of Abortion Funds Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 08/11/2014: National Network of Abortion Funds

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 10/17/2014: NATIONAL NETWORK OF ABORTION FUNDS

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Also Known As: NNAF
Physical Address: Boston, MA 02117 
EIN: 04-3236982
Web URL: www.fundabortionnow.org 
NTEE Category: R Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
R61 Reproductive Rights
Ruling Year: 1994 


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Mission Statement

Abortion became legal in every state in 1973, but in 1976 Congress passed the Hyde Amendment, banning federal Medicaid funds that allowed poor women to obtain safe, legal abortions. Thirty-three states followed suit, banning state Medicaid funding for abortion. Today, up to one in three poor women who needs an abortion is forced to continue an unwanted pregnancy, because she cannot afford the cost of an abortion. The National Network of Abortion Funds and its member Funds believe that every woman has the right to determine whether and when she will become a mother. The right to choose abortion is a basic human right. The legal right is an empty promise without access to services and economic justice. We work to increase access to abortion and full reproductive health care for all women, especially for women most in need -- low-income women, women of color, and young women.

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Fiscal Year Starting: July 1, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: June 30, 2013

Total Revenue $884,078
Total Expenses $865,885

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Stephanie Poggi

Profile:

Stephanie Poggi is the executive director of the National Network of Abortion Funds. She has been an activist in movements for reproductive freedom and social justice for more than 25 years. She worked for many years as the editor of national, progressive feminist and gay journals, including serving as editor-in-chief of "Sojourner: The Women's Forum" and editor of "Gay Community News." She is co-author of the policy report, "Abortion Funding: A Matter of Justice."

Leadership Statement:

NNAF plays a unique role in the reproductive rights and justice communities. Every day, across the country and around the world, we help the women and girls who face the highest barriers to abortion access: women who have low incomes, women of color, young women, and immigrants. At the same, we work for lasting change, for a world where every woman has the power and resources to make the best decisions for herself and for her family, including the ability to care for her children and to decide how many to have and when to have them. Everyone should have the opportunity to build a good life and to live with dignity.

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Programs

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Program Description:

The Network provides support and training for grassroots abortion Funds across the U.S.

Program Long-Term Success:

Expanded to 106 member abortion funds in 43 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada.

Program Short-Term Success:

Helped establish new abortion funds in Louisiana, Mississippi, Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina, and Texas.

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Provides direct financial support for abortion and contraception, as well as assistance with travel to distant abortion providers.

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Advocates for policies at the state and national level that will increase access to abortion and full reproductive health care for all women.

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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

We provided financial help to over 28,000 women and girls who otherwise would not have been able to obtain an abortion. We brought together allies to create a long-term strategic plan for expanding access to abortion for low-income women. We held a Congressional briefing on the impact on women's lives of the Hyde Amendment, which has taken away Medicaid coverage of abortion. We provided critical capacity-building support to our 100 member funds to help them grow stronger and assist more women in need. We worked with our member fund in West Virginia to protect state Medicaid coverage of abortion for low-income women in that state.   Over the next year, we will lead allies in the effort to complete and begin implementing a long-term strategy to repeal the Hyde Amendment. We will defend state Medicaid coverage from increasing attacks. We will complete messaging research on the best ways to make the case for every woman's right, no matter what her income, to be able to decide whether or not to bring a child into the world. We will hold our organizing summit for member funds and allies.

Expert Assessment

The National Network of Abortion Funds is credited for its grass roots model of tackling public policy advocacy. Their funds model is cited as driver for consistent success in advancing contraceptive rights. Read More »

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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.

Much Needed Support
They offer invaluable practical support for women unable to pull together funding for abortion care. Other
Provides Funds
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. Nonprofit Senior Staff
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. Nonprofit Senior Staff
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. Nonprofit Senior Staff
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. Other
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. Nonprofit Senior Staff
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. Nonprofit Senior Staff
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. Nonprofit Senior Staff
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. Foundation Professional
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. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They provide and mobilize funding for abortions for poor women across the country. Foundation Professional

Organizational Strengths

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.

Strong Communications
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. Other
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. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Strong Leadership
They have great leadership from Hyde. They also have a strong grassroots network and they are visionary and yet grounded. Foundation Professional
Strong Marketing Ability
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. Other
Great Leadership
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. Nonprofit Senior Staff
The Network has strong, diverse leadership that is committed to increasing abortion access. The staff continue to expand and the organization continues to grow. Nonprofit Senior Staff
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. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They have strong leadership within the organization, Board of Directors, partners in coalition, and network of grassroots members. Other
Strong Program Model
They have a strong program model, which both directly assists and advocates for low income women, and combines grassroots activism with federal policy work. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Amazing Staff
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. Nonprofit Senior Staff
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. Nonprofit Senior Staff
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. Foundation Professional
Issue Understanding
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. Nonprofit Senior Staff

Areas for Improvement

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.

Reconsider Strategy
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. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Need Funding
They are still a small group. They could use additional funding particularly to move their vision through federal policy. Nonprofit Senior Staff
More effective fundraising would translate to a potential to expand their programs. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Provide More Resources
They could be doing more to help local funds get involved in advocacy, such as providing them with the resources to do so. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Strengthen Its Policy
NNAF could strengthen its policy expertise and, if provided more funding, increase its work in that area. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Improved Communication
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. Other
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. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They could better publicize the work of its member funds so that they can garner additional support. Foundation Professional
Develop New Leadership
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. Nonprofit Senior Staff

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