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 early bird ticket for a suggested donation of $25 today!

If you or your organization are interested in sponsoring this year’s event, please click here to learn more about levels and packages, starting at $100. The funds raised for this event — like all donations to DCAF — will help to continue to make abortion accessible for all.

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.

Rise Up for Roe!

January 22, 1973 is an important day for reproductive rights. It was the day the Supreme Court announced its decision in the Roe vs. Wade caseits decision to legalize abortion in the U.S.

However, Roe has not completely protected the right to choose. Since 1973, anti-choice politicians have introduced and passed laws that roll back reproductive rights across the country, and clinics, doctors, and patients continue to be targets of harassment and violence. Far too many people still have their access to abortion delayed or denied due to their income or insurance status.

Roe Day provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the implications of Roe and the strides we have made together as a movement. It is also a time to recognize that this constitutionally protected healthcare service remains out of reach for many people because of political and economic barriers—barriers that disproportionately impact people with lower incomes  and people of color.

Join DCAF for two events this month:

Robin Marty presents Handbook for a Post-Roe America

We’ll be attending an event at Upshur Street Books with author and reporter Robin Marty. This event is free and open to the public, but you can pre-purchase a copy to reserve your seat!

Friday, January 18, 2019 at 7 PM – 8 PM

Upshur Street Books, 827 Upshur St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20011

RSVP here

Roe Revisited? The Future of Reproductive Justice

Join the Washington, DC Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society, the Constitutional Accountability Center, and the DC Abortion Fund for a discussion of the legal threats to reproductive justice and the future of Roe v. Wade under the new U.S. Supreme Court.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. ET

RSVP here

Now, we celebrate!

What a year! We’re still pulling together the final numbers for our annual report, but we already know we’ve shattered previous records. We’ve provided hundreds of thousands of dollars to patients to cover the gap between what they are able to pay and the full cost of their abortion care. We’ve assisted more callers than ever before. And 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 Monday, Dec. 10.

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

Get your early bird ticket for a suggested donation of $25 today!

If you or your organization are interested in giving at the leadership level for this year’s event, please click here to learn more about sponsorship levels and packages, starting at $100. The funds raised for this event — like all donations to DCAF — will help to continue to make abortion accessible for all.

Game-a-Thon fundraisers smash goals, barriers to care

A pivotal election year can sometimes mean nonprofit fundraising runs a little dry, but this year, DC Abortion Fund advocates proved that there’s no rest when it comes to ensuring access to abortion care in the DMV.

Photo by volunteer Ashton K.

Photo by volunteer Ashton K.

More than 130 volunteers — some veterans and plenty of rookies — helped bulldoze past DCAF’s $80,000 goal for this year’s Game-a-Thon, our annual fundraiser, which raises more than a quarter of the organization’s budget each year. While nationwide fundraising was a little slow, DCAF fundraisers showed real hustle throughout the peer-to-peer fundraising. At the time of publishing, our volunteers had raised more than $95,000. And with a matching grant from a generous donor, we’re poised to pass even last year’s record-breaking $103,000 total!

Photo by volunteer Ashton K.

We celebrated this year’s successes on April 28 at Penn Social, where gamers, volunteers, and supporters enjoyed classic board games, arcade opportunities, and more. We highlighted some of the gamers who went above and beyond in their fundraising, and we looked great doing it!

Game-a-Thon wouldn’t be the same without the help of our generous sponsors. Shout out to Bossed Up, Chez Billy Sud, Kali Yoga Studio, Lotus Blooms, Maggie Germano Financial Coaching, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, and Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington for their help in making this event really sparkle!

Feeling inspired to give? It’s never too late to donate! You can even set yourself up as a monthly sustaining donor — making choice a reality all year round.

By volunteer Lindsey W., who also wrote about why she participates in the Game-a-Thon each year.

Why I Game-a-Thon

I’m writing this in between posting pictures of my cat on Instagram. This might be a normal activity for me, but at this time of year, these pictures serve a purpose. They’re a personal, public thank-you to some high-dollar donors to my Game-a-Thon efforts.

This is my eighth Game-a-Thon with the DC Abortion Fund. Gather ’round, kids, as I tell you a tale of the time when we did actually bowl in D.C. like the rest of the country!

I joke about my age and history with DCAF. But this year I’m more serious than ever before about our efforts to raise at least $80,000 for the thousands of people who will call our helpline this year. As a case manager, I’ve had the privilege and frustrating honor to talk with many of them. They are the reason I push harder to raise more money every year.

The people who call our helpline are smart. They’re resourceful. They’re often frustrated, because it’s HARD to navigate finding a clinic and raising hundreds, sometimes thousands, of dollars for health care that is often not covered by insurance or Medicaid, and then to have to call strangers to ask for more help. Sometimes they’re mad. I’m mad too. It’s not fair that laws restricting abortion access target mostly low-income women and women of color. Sometimes they’re scared: Of protestors, of abusive partners, of the way their friends and family might react if they knew their loved one needed an abortion. Sometimes they’re sad, and I’m sad too: They may be calling to end a wanted pregnancy. They’re sometimes moms, and sometimes not. Sometimes I don’t talk to the patient, but I talk to their mom, or their partner, or their sister. Sometimes the patient is all alone.

While every call is different, they all end the same way: With relief. Yes, we can help. Yes, DCAF can help you pay for your abortion, and we can help you find other resources, too. Yes, this is one less thing you have to worry about. Our pledge is waiting for you at the clinic.

I don’t pretend to believe that we’re changing lives here. The patients who call DCAF are mostly very low-income, with families, often without jobs. None of that changes when we get off the phone. But we were able to make this one thing a little easier. To me, that’s everything. As a case manager, I can help, just a little bit. But I can’t do that without your help.

If you haven’t signed up for Game-a-Thon, I encourage you to do so. Our all-volunteer team makes it easy, with a toolkit that takes all the heavy lifting out of fundraising. If you can’t sign up, I encourage you to donate to one of our intrepid gamers. You can look for your friends to donate to them directly, or maybe you’d like to help someone who’s just getting started. Or maybe at the beginning of this blog post, you thought “I would like a picture of a cat as a thank you.” You can donate to me, then, too.

No matter how you give, please know that every dollar donated furthers our mission to help everyone access the care they need and deserve. You can be the one who makes things just a little bit better.

That’s huge. That’s everything. Thank you.

By volunteer Lindsey W.

Game. On.

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

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.

Last year, we raised a record breaking amount: more than a third of DCAF’s budget for the year! And after we raised all those dollars, we got to celebrate with other awesome pro-choice people.

Now, more than ever, we need your help to raise money for patients who can’t afford the full cost of their abortion. We’re facing a multitude of state and national restrictions designed to deny access to abortion, especially for people of color and people with low-incomes.

Here’s what you can do: Gather a few friends to start a team, create your online fundraising page, 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.

Not sure about fundraising? Don’t worry. We’ll provide tons of fundraising tips to make raising money for abortion access fun and easy!

If you aren’t in the DC area, or won’t be able to attend the event in person, please still consider joining a team. 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!

WHO: You and the raddest abortion rights advocates in the DMV
WHAT: DCAF Game-a-Thon
WHEN: Saturday, April 28, 12-3 p.m.
WHERE: Exact location given upon registration (Downtown DC – Metro accessible)

Bonus points for creative team names…and coordinating costumes. Yes, there will be prizes. Join the fun at #Games4DCAF and #Bowl18 on Twitter and Instagram.