Who We Are

The DC Abortion Fund is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit that makes grants to pregnant people in the DC area, as well as those traveling to the area, who cannot afford the full cost of an abortion. DCAF is the only organization in the DC region that focuses solely on providing this service in our community.

We face a multitude of state and national restrictions designed to deny access to abortion care. These restrictions disproportionately affect low-income people. We hope to make “choice” a reality because we believe a person’s right to health care should not depend on her wallet.

How We Work

DCAF case managers work directly with area clinics and funds around the country to provide small grants that fill the gap between what patients can afford and the full cost of their procedure. To date, we have never turned away a single person who was eligible for DCAF funding.

We have 13 volunteer board members who oversee DCAF’s work. The board supervises our case managers who continually operate three lines, one for each of our jurisdictions. We also have volunteers to help with organizing events and campaigns that raise money for the small grants we disburse.

Vision

The DC Abortion Fund’s vision is to make reproductive choice a reality.

Mission

The DC Abortion Fund exists to make reproductive choice a reality by providing financial support for individuals of any age who lack resources to access abortion care.

Values

The DC Abortion Fund affirms:

  • Our patients are the decision makers of their lives.
  • No individual should be denied one’s reproductive rights because of politicized barriers.
  • As a member of the abortion care community, we strive to offer respect and assistance in our services.
  • We value accountability to our patients, supporters, volunteers, and community partners.
  • We value the importance of grassroots volunteer efforts to our community and its people.

Inclusivity Policy

DCAF recognizes that every person who calls our helpline, as well as every volunteer and supporter, has a unique background and situation. We strive to serve everyone who contacts us regardless of: gender identity, race, age, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, religion, ability, place of origin, citizenship, and all other physical or social defining factors. DCAF is committed to recognizing, addressing, and working with all of these identities to the best of our ability.

DCAF believes in fully embodying the pro-choice principle by:

  • Offering an equitable distribution of financial assistance through grants to clinics on behalf of our clients;
  • Raising awareness in the DC area about how abortion restrictions – like the Hyde Amendment which limits or forbids Medicaid coverage of abortion services – harm our reproductive health and are linked to a rollback of women’s rights.

Why Fund Abortions?

The cost of a first-trimester abortion can be more than a family on public assistance receives in a month. Many people who work multiple jobs still do not have enough extra money for an abortion. Low-income people often delay their abortions while trying to raise the money they need. Many times, these delays force them into more expensive and complicated second-trimester abortions. Some never get enough money to cover the cost of the procedure.

We realize that for most of our clients, abortion is not the means that will eradicate poverty, homelessness, domestic violence, drug abuse, or other forms of oppression they face. Yet, in the midst of these everyday problems, the DC Abortion Fund steps in to financially assist clients and take one concern away. DCAF is the only organization in the DC region that is solely dedicated to providing this service.

Our helpline provides a safe and confidential connection to health care services often restricted by today’s political climate around abortion. The call volume on the helpline has more than quadrupled since we began. Our work helps to ensure quality reproductive health care for everyone who calls, regardless of income.

Our geographic scope encompasses the District, Maryland, and Virginia. We serve people who live in the area as well as those who need to travel here in order to have their procedure. We also partner with the National Abortion Federation, National Network of Abortion Funds, and other funds in outside areas to assist people in extraordinary circumstances.

How You Can Join Us

We welcome volunteers to assist with fundraising, hosting a fundraiser, case managing, and helping to spread the word about our work. We also invite you to share your abortion stories with us.

To sign up as a volunteer, either in case managing or in another capacity, please visit our volunteer page.

DCAF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies on diverse funding streams. Donations in any amount are greatly appreciated and are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Thank you for your support!

Content Sharing Policy

Pro-choice individuals and organizations are free to utilize our materials. Please contact info@dcabortionfund.org and credit DC Abortion Fund. Photographs taken by DCAF board and volunteers may not be reproduced without permission.