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Sustaining donors: The charms that make DCAF sparkle

Monthly donors get a coat hanger charm to show they are #charmedbyDCAF.

Monthly donors get a coat hanger charm to show they are #charmedbyDCAF.

What keeps DCAF afloat? Our incredible sustaining donors. Volunteer Carrie E. talks about what makes these donors so special. 

In 2014 alone, the DC Abortion Fund pledged $198,889 on behalf of 950 pregnant patients. The average pledge was $231 per patient.

So where does this money come from? Well, a lot comes from grants and our fundraising events. It also comes from our wonderful sustaining donors, whose contributions make up about a quarter of our 2015 budget.

Our sustaining donors are those who have committed to giving a set amount to DCAF each month. It doesn’t have to be a large chunk of your paycheck — even $10 a month is enough to make you part of the program.

I became a sustaining donor after my first week as a case manager trainee. After speaking with a just a handful of the scared, stressed, and strapped-for-cash patients that we work with, and seeing just how expensive some abortion procedures can be, I realized that even a small amount of money could make a difference. I probably didn’t need as many Starbucks runs as I took anyway—and when I see the money taken out of my account every month, I do feel the warm and fuzzies of helping someone else.

In addition to that happy feeling of helping out someone who needs it, you will receive a pretty badass coat hanger charm as a gift for becoming a sustaining donor. As you may have heard, some conservative pundits misunderstood the meaning of this charm, and went on the offensive in 2014. They missed the point completely: The coat hanger symbolizes what can happen when women do not have access to abortion care. Unfortunately for them and very fortunately for us, we got a ton of new donors as a result of their misplaced anger. Sorry, Sarah Palin.

“Our monthly donors are responsible for so much of our success,” said DCAF Treasurer Emily C. “They allow us to plan on our budget and subsequently serve our patients more effectively.”

If you’re interested in becoming a sustaining donor, or to just donate a little when you can, learn more here.

By volunteer Carrie E., photo by Lindsey W. 

URGENT: 2 Patients Need Your Help Today

June 22, 2015

This is urgent. DC Abortion Fund is assisting 2 patients today with especially difficult stories. We are committed to funding them both, and ask you to help us make this possible.

Lisa* is a single parent and full-time student. She has been picking up odd jobs this weekend to raise extra cash for her procedure. Her appointment cost of $2,500 will increase if she cannot get seen this week. One of our partner clinics agreed to see her today if we can help her raise the funds.

Sara* has been trying to pawn her possessions to raise $5,200 for her appointment today.  Will you help us raise $7,000 to get both of these clients seen? As you read this, DCAF case managers are also fielding calls from other people across DC, Virginia, and Maryland who need help paying for their abortion care too. We will do our best for each and every of them.

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

Anything you can give, even $5, will make a huge impact for Lisa and Sara.

Please donate today and help us spread the word. Forward this page to your friends and family. Post your support on Twitter, Facebook, and across your social networks.

On behalf of the DCAF board, thank you for your care and consideration.

For equality,

Val Vilott

Board President

DC Abortion Fund

P.S.: DCAF is the only organization in DC that focuses solely on this work. Please help us with a tax-deductible donation today so our callers can get to the clinic for their appointments.