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National Network of Abortion Funds

AKA the Network (national parent group of abortion funds)

Boston, MA

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National Network of Abortion Funds

Also Known As:
the Network (national parent group of abortion funds)
Physical Address:
Boston, MA 02117 
EIN:
04-3236982
Web URL:
www.fundabortionnow.org
Leadership:
Stephanie Poggi
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Fiscal Year Starting: July 1, 2010
Fiscal Year Ending: June 30, 2011
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Total Revenue $884,078
Expenses
Total Expenses $865,885

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Basic Organization Information

National Network of Abortion Funds

Also Known As:
the Network (national parent group of abortion funds)
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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Stephanie Poggi

Term:

Since July 2003

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:

The Network 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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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

We provided financial help to over 21,000 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

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.

Impact
The network's distinctive role within the reproductive rights movement is rooted in its dual mission to: promote direct financial support for abortions to low-income women and girls; and conduct grassroots, state, and national organizing, advocacy, public education and policy work to ensure that those women most in need have access to abortion and full reproductive health care. The network is extremely successful on both fronts. Over the past decade, its funds have raised over $22M to help poor women to pay for abortions; and the funds have also provided much "practical" support to these women in need, including lodging, childcare, transportation and emotional support. In addition, the network has spearheaded and supported countless grassroots campaigns to successfully fight efforts to further restrict funding for abortion services. As just one example, the network and its member fund in West Virginia successfully worked to prevent an anti-choice effort in that state to eliminate Medicaid funding for abortion. Foundation Professional
They help women obtain funding, and logistical support necessary to get their abortions, using a wide network of volunteers. As such, they directly impact women's reproductive health and lives, while building a base of potential activists for the movement. Unlike the "Justice Funds" they offer support to women in states where abortion is covered by Medicaid, but where there is still a need for those who do not qualify for Medicaid. Foundation Professional
The National Network of Abortion Funds is the one national organization that not only is committed to keeping access to abortion for all women (especially low income, rural, and young women and women of color) on the national agenda, but through their network of more than 100 grassroots abortion funds, they make abortion access a reality for more than 20,000 women each year. Researcher and Faculty
This grassroots organization, with a clear vision, is supporting abortion funds throughout the country through a reproductive justice lens. They have minimal overhead, yet are far reaching. The organization is attractive to youth and is constantly seeking out ways to embrace the next generation of abortion activists/donors. Researcher and Faculty
They provide direct financial assistance to women seeking abortions who cannot afford to pay. In 2009, they distributed three million dollars to 21,000 women. They provided capacity building of over 100 member Funds through regional trainings, national summits, and by developing materials groups can use for fundraising and organizational development. For example, this spring they organized a National Bowlathon. They made the initial investment so that member Funds could use this as an opportunity to raise money and awareness about the barriers to abortion access. Researcher and Faculty
They have been bringing together a coalition of diverse organizations to address advocacy against the Hyde Amendment. This was previously not taken seriously as an advocacy issue. Researcher and Faculty
They literally put their money where the mouths of the rest of us are at: they provide access to abortion services for thousands of low-income women every year. They argue for government funding of abortion services without apologizing. They hold the rest of us accountable to do the same and to do what we can to truly increase access to abortion services. Researcher and Faculty
They have a powerful, clear impact, providing funding to women who need abortions. Through their networks, their educational material and programs, and through their energetic outreach they provide a vital reproductive health service in an activist context. Researcher and Faculty
They provide tangible resources to low-income women in this country who do not have the funds necessary to pay for the procedure. They have strong coalition building within the movement to raise these funds. Nonprofit Senior Staff
The network and its member funds are meeting the immediate needs of low-income women, women of color, and young women at the grassroots level around abortion access. As an organization, the network has been instrumental in helping to build the capacity of its member organizations. They are extremely strategic in their approach, offering technical assistance to groups around fundraising, strategic planning, policy/advocacy, and technology. Through their approach, they have been able to help member funds move from all volunteer-based to staff-based and to increase their capacity to meet the needs of the women they serve in a more comprehensive way. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They helped with our effort to protect public funding of abortion. They also lend great support to funds helping low-income women in need of abortion care. They mobilized Funds all over the country to fight the Stupak/Nelson amendments to health reform legislation. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They raise money to support more than 200,000 women a year to access the abortions they need and want. The network has done an excellent job speaking out about the impact of the new health care reform abortion restrictions on women. Nonprofit Senior Staff
This organization has been raising the issue of the injustice and negative impact of the Hyde Amendment for years. Ultimately this issue nearly undid the health care reform. They have it right all along. It's tremendously sad that with all the women's voices and activism across the country who sought abortion inclusion and the end of Hyde that we ended up with Hyde being strengthened. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They understand that the intrinsic obstacle, apart from providers, is money. They serve an umbrella organization to small funds which distribute direct funds for women seeking abortions. Other

Organizational Strengths

The strength of the organization's network is cited as the group’s major asset in addressing pressing issues. The programs staff and leadership also garner strong praise.

Network
The network is now co-leading a collaborative effort to revive the effort to reverse policies that limit access to abortion funding (such as the Hyde Amendment). They are particularly skilled at working with a diverse set of partners, including long-established, Washington-based reproductive health organizations and, especially, national and grassroots women-of-color led organizations. Being a trusted and respectful partner allows the network to convene and organize allies in ways many organizations would not be able to. Foundation Professional
They have a network of grassroots activists/advocates. Many organizations do not have day-to-day contact with women on the ground. Researcher and Faculty
The network is based on a national coalition of funds that raise money in their local communities. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Program Design
They have kept their eyes on reversing the Hyde amendment, while other groups have given up on it for lack of votes in congress or other "practical" reasons. We need their efforts to reverse Hyde, because even if we don't win the outright battle, we can educate voters and build our movement by trying. Foundation Professional
It excels in creating strong relationships with like-minded organizations that serve women (because they know that the real common ground is gender when you look across the varied social service agencies). It has a solid background in raising money and turning it over to the women in need. This organization is unique in that is easily bridges generations is an inclusive and welcoming way. Researcher and Faculty
This is a critical hub for grassroots activists. Its impact lies in connecting abortion rights to the interests of diverse social justice groups and in organizing a grassroots interest group that would otherwise be far too dispersed to harness. Researcher and Faculty
They provide direct assistance to individuals to make abortion accessible while at the same time working against the injustice of the Hyde/Helms Amendment and other policies that discriminate against low-income families. Doing both is a huge challenge. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They provide a needed service, while contributing to policy changes in abortion funding. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Target Audience
They support much-needed grassroots networks of funding and "practical support" (rides, lodging, child care) for women in need of an abortion. They have a courageous policy agenda, rooted in real women's lives and experiences. Foundation Professional
Leadership
Their leadership exhibits both impressive continuity (in the movement generally and in the organization specifically) and at the same time a genuine welcoming and nurturing of new leadership. Moreover, National Network of Abortion Funds and its member funds have skillfully developed grassroots skills and models that allow them to have significant impact with what is relatively a small budget. Researcher and Faculty
The ED is a seasoned leader who is widely known and respected in the field and is an excellent mentor to newer, younger staff. The finances are well-managed and the organization has been able to adapt to the current economic downturn and continue to advance its mission. Researcher and Faculty
Their leadership, operations and marketing are strengths. This organization wasn't even on my radar screen the first few years I worked in the field, but they have been increasing their visibility over the last decade, by attending conferences, playing a prominent role in coalition activities and garnering media coverage. They do a great job at coming up with fun strategies for raising funds and provide practical tools for individual funds to use in order to increase their impact (and measure it). Researcher and Faculty
This organization has strong leadership, excellent connections to a wide range of sister pro-choice and reproductive justice organizations and uses its funds very wisely. Researcher and Faculty
The Network's board of directors and staff bring impeccable skills to this work. It's Executive Director, Stephanie Poggi has skillfully led the Network in becoming a player on the national policy level. The board is a high-functioning group of individual with expertise in all areas of non-profit management. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Impact
It directly helps women obtain abortions. Researcher and Faculty
It is an access organization and does fundraising to provide access to abortion care. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They have a clear focus on impact of Hyde & Hyde-like bills (now including health reform) on real women's lives. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Staff
Their staff's accessibility is a strength. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Mission
They are mission driven-and have narrow mission but a larger vision that would improve the health and well-being of all women. They have a strong ED and a dedicated staff. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Footprint
Their presence throughout the country allows them to be first responders to a sudden change in the provision of services, economic changes, and legal changes. Other

Areas for Improvement

Experts contend that stronger advocacy efforts and greater collaboration would catalyze more public policy successes.

Support Members
The network has just begun to leverage technology to better connect and support its 106 member funds. The organization has made good progress on this front but has the opportunity to be even more effective on this front. Foundation Professional
Expand Programming
They need resources to expand more into underserved areas. Foundation Professional
Tens of thousands of women never get the care that this group helps make possible because they don't know it exists. At the same time, the National Network of Abortion Funds could never make up what the government should guarantee to low income women. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Considering the diminishing health insurance financing options that will be available to low-income and middle-income as a result of health care reform, it will be imperative that organizations like them ramp up their efforts to act as abortion safety nets for the millions of women surely to be disenfranchised. I think it needs to do more communications because I think few organizations are familiar with their work and know they are a resource. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Program Design
If this organization is to truly make an impact on national abortion policy, it would take an enormous concerted effort. For example, they would need to choose a strategy (media, legislative, etc.) and develop a strong team and plan. Researcher and Faculty
Their 30 years of Hyde Campaign is an important political position -- but disconnected from other demands for health care reform, especially with regard to comprehensive evidence based maternity care may limit its effectiveness. Researcher and Faculty
The work of the network could be so much stronger if they could figure out how to get the women they served more involved in the network and that of its member funds. Nonprofit Senior Staff
More Visibility
It must become more visible locally and brand itself. Researcher and Faculty
Operations
The board is truly inter-generational, and while this is a great strength, it has also produced challenges in terms of power and leadership. The board has been working with a consultant and an internal task force to make important governance changes and to be more inclusive. Researcher and Faculty
Stronger Staff
They are understaffed and under skilled. They are not able to channel their grassroots and coalition building work into long-term, sustained policy change strategy. Researcher and Faculty
More Collaboration
Some groups in the sexual reproductive health field look unfavorably on this organization, for reasons that aren't quite clear to me. So perhaps they need to work on diplomacy and intergroup relations. Researcher and Faculty
The network could engage more with collaborating organizations and could consider a civic/political engagement strategy to try and bring the women they serve into the political process to help protect abortion rights and services. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Capacity
They desperately need to build capacity within with a bigger staff, more and deeper organizing assistance for the grassroots, and a more focusing policy advocacy strategy that is connected to the grassroots voices and work and has added value. Researcher and Faculty
The organization is too small for what it aims to accomplish and they also need to build their grassroots structure because who they represent is unique and could have a great impact in advocacy. Nonprofit Senior Staff
More Advocacy
It would be helpful if they could support 501c3-compliant lobbying efforts. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Scalability
I would love to see the Chicago fund's work (in training funding recipients to be advocates) replicated at all funds. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Staff
More staff would enable them to strengthen their technical support to the various funds. Increasing their national presence would also benefit the awareness that financial obstacles are serious impediments to women's access. Other

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