Join Us For Our Annual Holiday Party

While we’ve made the tough decision that it’s safest not to be physically together for our annual Holiday Party this year, we hope you’ll join us to celebrate this year’s successes virtually on Thursday, December 16!

It has been a hard but exciting year for the DCAF community:

  • During our biggest fundraiser of the year, the DCAF community raised over $160,000 for Fund-a-Thon 2021, the most we have EVER raised!
  • DCAF started hiring our first paid, full-time staff, including a new job posting listed just last week! This is a huge step for DCAF that will make us a stronger organization and help us achieve our goal of creating a system that better serves our callers and communities.
  • Amid unprecedented levels of need for abortion funding assistance, DCAF continued to help every eligible caller get the care they seek, and we drew new attention to this important work with coverage on NPR and two articles in the in The Washington Post in May and November 2021.

Even though it’s virtual again, the core of Holiday Party remains the same: celebrating and supporting DCAF’s critical mission of making abortion accessible and bringing together the community — that’s you! — that makes our work possible.

And we are excited to celebrate in a new special format this year! This year, our Holiday Party will have two parts. In addition to our traditional full-group gathering, we’re adding the option to participate in a small-group activity of your choice led by incredible members of our community. 

From 6:30-7, you’ll have the opportunity to join any of the following:

  • A custom yoga class, led by a member of our community
  • A guided wine tasting, led by DCAF’s resident sommelier Tia
  • Trivia! General topics with a sprinkling of abortion, led by our Case Management Co-Director Harum

Following the activities, we’ll come together from 7-8 pm for our annual celebration of this year’s accomplishments and a look ahead.

To make the event accessible, tickets are free, but if you are able, you can add a donation when you register.

The ongoing COVID-19 health and economic crises and national abortion funding cuts mean that more people are turning to DCAF seeking help affording their abortions. If you or your organization are in a place to give more, please consider demonstrating your commitment to abortion access with a sponsorship gift. Learn more about Holiday Party sponsorship levels and packages, starting at $250. The funds raised for this event — like all donations to DCAF — will help to continue to make abortion accessible for all.

We can’t wait to “see” you at the party on December 16 and celebrate our community!

Fund-a-Thon season is here!

Fund-a-Thon season is here! Traditionally, it is a powerful demonstration of mutual aid, as our community comes together to raise money for abortions in the DC area. This year’s Fund-a-Thon looks a bit different as we continue to face this unprecedented time together, but the essence of the event remains the same — an incredible moment of solidarity, when it is more critical than ever.

As we shared last week, abortion access has only gotten worse during the COVID-19 pandemic, with many facing even more financial barriers and obstacles than ever before. Many of our callers are struggling just as much today — if not more — as they were at the beginning of the pandemic, while the need is only growing and abortion funds around the country are scrambling to meet it.

For us, this has meant pushing out more funding than ever before and being there for our callers, no matter what the world throws at us. We pledged a quarter of a million dollars over just three months, which is half of our annual pledge budget. We can’t meet the need on our own, which is why we need you!

We need our community to come together in a big way and help us raise money for the thousands of people seeking abortion care in the DC area.

Join us today by creating an online fundraising page, joining or starting a team, and committing to raise as much money as you can by asking your friends and family to donate.

Ready to go, or still have questions? Join us for a Fund-a-Thon launch happy hour on Thursday, March 18, from 6-7 p.m. to kick off our fundraising efforts, hear more about the increase in funding needs we’re seeing, ask questions, and connect with other DCAF fundraisers. Sign up here for the happy hour, and we’ll send you details shortly before the event.

Even if fundraising for abortion isn’t something you’ve done before, you won’t be alone. We’ll provide resources, including sample emails you can send, and we’ll regularly provide you with tips, tricks, and support.

We hope you’ll join us!

Thank You for Making Holiday Party a Roaring Success

Thank YOU for making last week’s Holiday Party such a roaring success!

With your generous support, we raised (*drumroll please*) over $63,000 — a record-breaking amount! — to continue to make abortion accessible to patients in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. What a wonderful way to celebrate DCAF’s 25th anniversary year!

Want to help us help even more callers? Thanks to a generous donor, any gift you make through December 31 will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, up to $25,000!

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, people continue to need abortions — and many are facing even more financial barriers and other obstacles due to the health and economic crisis. Thanks to your support, DCAF has been able to step up and meet the increased financial needs of our callers: Since March, our median pledge to callers has gone up by 50 percent, and we’re on track to pledge more dollars than even before.

As the pandemic continues into 2021, we hope we can count on you to continue your support by making a tax-deductible gift today.

Wishing you and your loved ones a safe, restful, and joyous holiday season. Thank you again to our Holiday Party sponsors for their generous support:

Champion
Michela Masson

Advocate
Amanda Bartelme
Carrie Ross and Dr. Marvourneen Dolor
Catholics for Choice
Danielle Geong & Adam Pimentel

Partner
Arona Kessler
DCAF Board of Directors
Dr. Sara Imershein
DuPont Clinic
Ladies Who Chat (and Fund Abortions)
NARAL Pro-Choice America
National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Sara Adland & Kiran Bhatraju
The Guerra Family

Ally
Abortion Wholigans
Advocates for Youth
Amy Mannarino
Colin Fleming
DC SAFE
Jessica Arons and Shira Saperstein
Johanna Gray & David Muraskin
Melissa Martinie
NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia
Natale Zimmer
National Health Law Program
National Women’s Law Center
Peggy and David Shiffrin
Planned Parenthood Advocates for DC, Maryland & NoVa
Rabbi Hannah Goldstein and Josh Friedman
Shana Fitzpatrick
Washington Area Clinic Defense Task Force

Friend
Alison Jones * Caitlin Gullickson * Cara Eisel * Caroline O’Shea * Carrie Engel & Tarik Yousif * Claire S. Gould and Joe Sprott * Hannah Sheehy * Hurley Family * If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice * Illysa Schrager * Jill C. Morrison * Julia Quinn * Kate Vlach & Jon Ettinger * Kathy Yanuck Wenger * Maggie Rosenbloom * Marya Torrez & Michael Farmer * Melissa Shube * Mindy & Danny McGrath * NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland * National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum * Tiffany Reed * Tina & Brian Seliber

Join us for our annual holiday party

While we can’t be physically together for our annual Holiday Party this year, we hope you’ll join us to celebrate this year’s successes virtually on Thursday, December 17.

It’s been a hard year (to say the least), but we still have a lot to celebrate as a DCAF community:

  • We turned 25 years old! That’s 25 years of compassionate case management, growth, and commitment to a world that centers and trusts people with their health care, no matter where they live or what’s in their wallet.
  • We stood in solidarity with our allies in speaking out for immigrant justice, racial justice, and inclusive cash assistance policies to help our D.C. neighbors struggling amid the pandemic.
  • And throughout this tumultuous year, DCAF has continued to raise and distribute money for abortion access — because funding abortion is mutual aid, and the COVID-19 public health and economic crisis means people are experiencing more barriers to abortion access than ever before.

Even though it is happening virtually this year, the core of Holiday Party remains the same: celebrating and supporting DCAF’s critical mission of making abortion accessible and bringing together the community — that’s you! — that makes our work possible.

To make the event accessible during this difficult time, tickets are free, but if you are able, you can add a donation when you register.

As the COVID-19 health and economic crisis continues, we’re finding that more people continue to need more help affording their abortions. If you or your organization are in a place to give more, please consider demonstrating your commitment to abortion access with a sponsorship gift. Learn more about Holiday Party sponsorship levels and packages, starting at $250. The funds raised for this event — like all donations to DCAF — will help make abortion accessible for all.

We can’t wait to “see” you at the party on December 17! We know it’s been a tough year, but that makes this time of community and joy matter perhaps more than ever.

The Taco or Beer Challenge is Back

The tastiest challenge is back! Like in previous years, the Taco or Beer Challenge (backstory here) is all about eating tacos, drinking beer, and donating to abortion funds—but this time, we’re doing it virtually.

Here’s how you can participate in three easy steps:

Step 1: Grab takeout or beer to support one of the restaurants that have partnered with DCAF in the past—or make tacos at home.

Step 2: Donate to DCAF!

Step 3: Share your photos of steps 1 and 2 with the hashtag #DCAFTOBC, tagging at least three friends to challenge them to do the same.

Want to take the challenge with friends? Join DCAF for a virtual happy hour on Thursday, September 17, where we will do all those things together!

Celebrate with us

It’s been quite a year of growth for DCAF! Hundreds of volunteers stepped up this year to answer calls from patients, stuff envelopes, fundraise and host events, and advocate for the right for everyone to be able to access abortion care.

All this in a world with a decidedly anti-choice administration and a multitude of state and national restrictions designed to deny access to abortion care.

So much of this success is thanks to people like you. 

Now, we celebrate! Join us next month to toast our incredible community at our annual holiday party on Tuesday, Dec. 10.

Here are the details:
Who: You and the rest of the DCAF community
What: DCAF’s Holiday Party
When: Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Sax Restaurant and Lounge (near Metro Center)

Get your ticket for a suggested donation of $30 today!

The funds raised for this event — like all donations to DCAF — will help to continue to make abortion accessible for all.

Special thank you to our incredible sponsors!

Diamond
CARE (Clinics for Abortion and Reproductive Excellence)
Catholics for Choice
DuPont Clinic
Geong/Pimentel Family
Michela Masson
Sara Morello

Emerald
Abortion Wholigans
Alford Family Foundation
Amanda Bartelme
Rebecca and Brandon Gotwalt
The Guerra Family
In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Upshift Strategies

Jade
Advocates for Youth
Center for Reproductive Rights
Dr. Sara Imershein
National Health Law Program
National Women’s Law Center
Planned Parenthood Advocates for DC, Maryland & NoVa
Marvourneen and Carrie Ross-Dolor
Arvind and Parul Subramanian
WACDTF

Garnet
Laura Craig Mason and Zach Mason
Emma DayBranch
Shana Fitzpatrick
Gausman Appraisals
Catherine Heffernan Gibson
Arona Kessler
Marie Lindberg
Amy Mannarino
NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland
Marya Torrez & Michael Farmer
URGE

Amethyst
Jessica Arons and Shira Saperstein
Jane Carter
DCAF Board of Directors
DC Chapter, National Organization for Women
Caitlin Gullickson
Lisa Hodges
If/When/How
Alison Jones
Mindy and Danny McGrath
Caroline O’Shea
Julia Quinn
Tiffany Reed
Rewire.News
Tina & Brian Seliber
Kate Vlach and Jon Ettinger

Pearl
Carol Bartlett Bowman
Amy J. Cotton
Emily Crofoot
Laurette Cucuzza
Carrie Engel
Claire S. Gould & Joe Sprott
Scott Raymond LMT
Joy Levin Welan
Val Vilott

Taco + Beer + DCAF = Perfection.

Do you love tacos, or beer, or both? Same. If you’ve attended the Taco or Beer Challenge with us or another abortion fund in the past, you might remember it’s quite a popular event where we eat tacos, drink beer, and donate to help people access abortion care—it’s just a win-win situation.

This year, we’re cooking up a new kind of challenge and doubling the fun! The week of September 10, three bars and restaurants in the city are hosting benefit events for DCAF which will help even more of our callers access the care they need.

And this year, we’ll also be celebrating our incoming president Dee and our outgoing president Jeryl, so come by for a chance to meet them!

Plus, if you attend all three events, donate to DCAF, and post about them with the hashtag #DCAFTOBC, you’ll receive a free gift!

Here are the details:

Tuesday, September 10
Where: Taqueria Nacional, 1409 T Street NW (U Street)
Perks: DCAF gets 10% of proceeds on food and drinks from 5 to 8 p.m. — and that includes extended happy hour drink specials.

Wednesday, September 11
Where: Johnny Pistolas, 2333 18th St NW (Adams Morgan)
Perks: DCAF gets 15% of all proceeds on food and drinks from 5 to 7 p.m.

Thursday, September 12
Where: Espita Mezcaleria, 1250 9th St NW (Mt Vernon Square/Convention Center)
Perks: Come celebrate our incoming president Dee and outgoing president Jeryl for everything they do to make abortion accessible! Plus, DCAF gets 10% of proceeds during their regular happy hour (4-6 p.m.).

We hope to see you! You can donate to the campaign to start us off strong!

Can’t make it to one of these events? Take the virtual Taco or Beer Challenge the week of September 10! Just eat a taco and/or drink a beer and donate to DCAF. Be sure to share a photo using the hashtag #DCAFTOBC so we can see your smiling faces.

Game on for Abortion Access!

It’s DCAF Game-a-Thon time and that means it’s time to help us raise money for people seeking abortion care in the DC area!

Hold on, what’s a Game-a-Thon? It’s our annual peer-to-peer fundraiser which concludes with an afternoon of our community coming together to play board games, jenga, cornhole, and more to celebrate raising tons of money for abortions.

Why is this important? We don’t need to tell you how many state and national restrictions we face under this Administration — designed specifically to deny access to abortion, especially for people of color and people with lower incomes. Now, more than ever, we need your help to ensure people calling our helpline are able to access the abortion care they need.

What can I do? Create an online fundraising page, join or start a team, and commit to raising as much money as you can by asking your friends and family to donate. Then come hang with the coolest pro-choice people in town to celebrate! Easy, right?

But, fundraising for abortion is…not something I’ve done before.You won’t be alone! We’ll regularly provide you with tips and tricks to make sure you have what you need.

What if I can’t make it to the celebratory wrapup event?We’ll miss you! But that doesn’t mean you can’t be part of a team and fundraise for DCAF! A great deal is done online, so as long as you have an Internet connection, you can help out.

Let’s rock this year’s Game-a-Thon together as we work to make abortion accessible — and have a blast while doing it! Sign up now to get started.

And save the date for our community celebration to mark the end of the fundraising period: the afternoon of Saturday, Apr. 27 (location details will follow, but it will be metro-accessible).

Have questions? Don’t hesitate to ask us at events@dcabortionfund.org.

Special thanks to our many sponsors who made this event possible, including Maggie Germano Financial Consulting and The Bar Method in Bethesda.