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A Message From Our Co-Chairs NYAAF History and Mission Abortion Access Landscape NYAAF Intake Process Who NYAAF Serves Media and Social Media Events and Fundraising Financial Highlights Acknowledgements

NYAAF 212-252-4757 FDR Station, Box 7569 New York, NY 10150

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This past year, the New York Abortion Access Fund (NYAAF) has accomplished so much with the dedication of our all-volunteer board of directors, the generosity of our supporters, the professional care provided by our partner clinics1, and the hard work of our loyal volunteers. In fiscal year (FY) 2012 we pledged $89,708 to 287 grantees. This represents a 31% increase in monies pledged and a 17% increase in number of grantees over FY 2011. To highlight our success, we are pleased to share with you NYAAF’s first comprehensive annual report. In this report, you will learn about NYAAF’s FY 2012 activities dating from July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012. You will read about NYAAF’s history, the abortion access landscape, our client intake process, and the experiences of NYAAF grantees in special sections titled “Inside the Hotline.”2 You will have access to rich data on NYAAF’s grantees and learn much about the people we serve. You will read about our exciting fundraising strategies and see pictures from last year’s events, such as our 10th Anniversary Celebrate Access Awards and annual Bowl-a-thon event. You will also be reminded of our coverage in the media with screenshots of press headlines as well as of our social media presence with tweets interspersed throughout the report. Aside from the successes we present to you here, we would like to take this opportunity to highlight two additional ways that NYAAF has evolved to better serve our diverse clients this year. First, NYAAF strengthened our volunteer base with Spanish-language intake volunteers to help us better serve clients who only or prefer to speak Spanish; this resource has proven integral to the success of our mission. Second, we added an Institutional Fundraising position to our Board of Directors, expanding our efforts to secure core project funding by actively reaching out to foundations and applying for grants; we even conducted our very first site visit with an interested funder.

Phillip Kim, Clinic Liaison & NYAAF Board Co-Chair

Maureen Stutzman, Volunteer Coordinator & NYAAF Board Co-Chair

We are proud of NYAAF’s continued growth in FY 2012 and our ability to fund more grantees than ever! We know you will be proud too.
With your continued help and support, we look forward to a successful future! Sincerely, Phillip Kim & Maureen Stutzman NYAAF Board Co-Chairs

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Clinic refers to all abortion providers NYAAF works with including clinics, hospitals, and private physicians’ offices Names of NYAAF grantees have been changed to protect their confidentiality

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In 1999, Barnard College students volunteering as clinic escorts witnessed a patient leave a New York City (NYC) clinic upset because they were unable to pay fully for their termination and therefore were unable to be treated. The experience inspired these students to do more, and in conjunction with the Barnard College and Columbia University Students For Choice group, they sought to establish a local abortion fund. After two years of grassroots fundraising, planning and acquisition of 501c3 non-profit status, NYAAF made its first grant to a clinic for abortion services in 2001.

Our Mission
Revised October 2012

NYAAF has grown considerably since its early days of funding just three clinics in NYC. The amount of funds NYAAF has pledged as well as the number of grantees served continues to grow with each passing fiscal year.

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In NYAAF’s earliest days, when funding was more scarce, second trimester cases took priority over first trimester cases and received funding more often due to the time-sensitive nature of clients’ needs. A significant increase in NYAAF’s budget, as well as increased visibility among clinics and clients alike, has enabled NYAAF to increase the number of grants made earlier in a grantee’s gestation. One thing that remains constant in NYAAF’s history is the dedication of its all-volunteer board of directors. In 2012, NYAAF’s mission was supported through the work of 12 board members, with the board creating new roles and recruiting individuals with certain skills to grow NYAAF’s capacity and ability to serve those in need of abortion funding. Board members with fundraising skills, financial literacy, and non-profit management experience were brought on to help turn NYAAF into what it is today.




Current NYAAF Board of Directors (Back row L-R) Phillip Kim, Clinic Liaison & NYAAF Board Co-Chair; Zoe Ridolfi-Starr, Community Organizing and Grassroots Events Coordinator; Sunny Daly, Institutional Fundraising Coordinator; Monika Grzeniewski, Secretary/Operations; Maureen Stutzman & NYAAF Board Co-Chair, Volunteer Coordinator; (Middle row L-R) Rye Young, Intake Coordinator; Christine Davitt, Communications Coordinator; Dana Sussman, Major Donors and Institutional Events Coordinator; Rebecca Wind, Treasurer; (Front row L-R) Linda Saleh, Resource Coordinator; Alison Turkos, Donor Liaison; Steph Herold, New Media Coordinator; Marissa Rousselle, Data Coordinator — Photos by Carly Romeo, Two Spoons Photography

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New York has fewer legal barriers to abortion than many other states. Abortions may be performed in New York State (NYS) up to 24 weeks of pregnancy, and the state does not require medically unnecessary waiting periods or parental consent for minors. Because of this, New York is a haven to people from around the country seeking abortion services; 26% of the people NYAAF serve come to New York for an abortion from another state, often from places where abortion services are increasingly difficult to access. Abortion is prohibitively expensive for many people, with the average cost ranging from $425 at less than 12 weeks gestation to $3,900 at 24 weeks gestation to more than $10,000 in extreme circumstances. These rising costs, coupled with tough economic times, mean that many people lack the financial resources to pay for an abortion out of pocket, and may not qualify for public health insurance.

Even when individuals have insurance, they may still be unable to access an abortion. Many private and employerbased insurance plans do not cover abortion, and even if abortion is covered, the deductible may be overly burdensome to the individual seeking an abortion. In addition, the Hyde Amendment bars the use of federal funds to pay for abortion except in cases of rape, incest, or threat to the life of the woman. This means that recipients of the US military health insurance plan, Tricare, which is provided to active duty, guard, reserves, retired members and their families, are without insurance coverage for abortion.

In addition, because the Hyde Amendment prevents federal dollars from funding abortion through state Medicaid programs, individual states, like New York, must provide public funding to subsidize their Medicaid program’s coverage of abortion. In New York – one of the 17 states where the state Medicaid program does cover abortion for eligible patients – NYAAF still hears from hundreds of individuals with low-incomes who fall through the cracks, because they make too much money to enroll in Medicaid yet still lack the funds necessary to pay for an abortion.

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The Guttmacher Institute estimates that nationwide, 20-30% of people who want to terminate a pregnancy are forced to carry to term due to a lack of funds.3 If they are lucky, they find NYAAF and additional financial help. Unfortunately, this is not always the case; many people nationwide are not able to access Medicaid funding or find an abortion fund like NYAAF.
Even if a person is able to raise enough funds to afford an abortion, it may be difficult to locate a clinic to perform the procedure. In New York State, the majority of providers are concentrated in urban areas and 39% of counties do not have an abortion provider.4 Nationally, approximately 87% of US counties lack an abortion provider.5 When considering access at the individual level, 7% of NY women live in a county with no abortion provider compared with 35% nationally and 91% in a state like Mississippi.4 While this uneven distribution makes it clear that New York has better abortion access than most states, it still remains difficult for many New Yorkers residing outside urban areas to access safe and later-term abortion care. NYC serves as a beacon for those seeking abortion from across the state as well as across the country.

Inside The Hotline
Jackie is a 19-year-old college student attending school in upstate New York. There were no clinics offering abortion services near her university, so she had to travel to New York City to seek an abortion. Although she was Medicaideligible, due to the gestation of her pregnancy, the time it would take to enroll her in Medicaid would cause her to go over the legal limit for an abortion in New York State. We had to find the funds outside of Medicaid. Jackie contributed $300, the clinic gave a discount, and NYAAF pledged $150. Even in NYS where the legal limit is 24 weeks and Medicaid covers terminations, the dwindling number of providers in certain regions coupled with the inability to expeditiously enroll in Medicaid complicates abortion access.

Abortion providers themselves may also unintentionally 7% of NY women live in a create barriers to abortion access. Some New York clinics do not accept Medicaid as payment or offer payment plans, others will not perform abortions after a certain number of weeks, and others will not accept pledges from abortion funds on behalf of their patients. Clinics are trying their best to function in an environment where abortion is stigmatized, yet sometimes their policies make it more difficult for people to access the care they need.6 Given the multitude of barriers to accessing abortion care, our work as an abortion fund operates at a critical intersection between reproductive rights, economic justice and inequitable health systems for the most marginalized people in our communities.


Guttmacher Institute, Restrictions on Medicaid Funding for Abortion: A Literature Review June 2009 4 Guttmacher Institute, State Facts about Abortion: New York 5 National Abortion Federation, Access to Abortion 6 Kimport, Katrina, Kate Cockrill & Tracy A. Weitz. February 2012. Analyzing the impacts of abortion clinic structures and processes: A qualitative analysis of women’s negative experience of abortion clinics. Contraception 85(2):204-10

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NYAAF is run and governed by a committed all-volunteer Board of Directors and a network of active volunteers. Decisions are made by the Board at monthly meetings, annual retreats, and electronically. NYAAF’s board members serve on patient intake, where they are responsible for responding to client and clinic calls on the hotline as well as in the NYAAF email inbox—some board members even text clients. Board members fulfill their intake duties on a rotating basis or one week at a time, four times a calendar year. NYAAF makes a commitment to return each call or email within 24 hours. Each week, a different intake volunteer responds to calls from clinics and clients. During the intake process, NYAAF ascertains relevant information regarding patient place of residence, gestation, insurance coverage or Medicaid eligibility, and ability of a patient to self-finance or fundraise among family and friends for their termination.

Client or clinic contacts NYAAF through hotline or email

NYAAF checks voicemail 3-4 times a day and email daily

NYAAF contacts client or clinic within 24 hours

NYAAF explains funding guidelines and learns about client

Client needs to schedule an appointment

Client has appointment

Support client with resources to make appointment

NYAAF confirms details with clinic

Client calls NYAAF with appointment information

NYAAF discusses costs and discounts with clinic

Contact partner funds

Client fundraises

Make verbal and written monetary pledge to clinic



Follow up with client and inform of pledge amount

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NYAAF’s main function is to help a client chart their path of access to abortion. This often means making direct financial contributions to the clinic where the abortion is taking place, but it also includes providing crucial information and guidance. Sometimes our service is providing information about which clinics will enroll the patient in Medicaid, giving detailed directions to another city, comparing prices across multiple clinics, or connecting someone to other direct services and listening to what they have to say while being supportive and non-judgmental. If clients are eligible to receive funding from NYAAF, the intake volunteers will contact the clinic to confirm the client’s appointment date and time, the procedure cost, determine the NYAAF pledge amount, and then communicate that grant amount directly to the clinic. Once the patient has been seen, the clinic invoices NYAAF for the abortion services covered by grant amount and is reimbursed by NYAAF.

Inside The Hotline
Tara called us from a clinic waiting room in New York City. She was at 24 weeks gestation, New York State’s legal limit, and unable to pay the remaining $2,575 for her $3,000 procedure. Tara was ineligible for Medicaid and had already applied all the money she had towards the cost of the procedure. Tara needed to be seen that day if she was going to have an abortion in New York, so time was of the essence. The clinic called all our partner funds seeking funding while the NYAAF board member on intake requested approval from the Board to pledge $2,400. The Board approved this pledge, but in the midst of tapping every resource, we learned that one of Tara’s friends was able to lend her $2,200 towards the procedure! The clinic ended up providing a discount of $175 and NYAAF pledged $200. Our initial pledge would be saved to help other clients in the future. For all of the grantees we help, collaboration from multiple sources is vital.



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FY 2012 (July 1, 2011—June 30, 2012) was NYAAF’s highest volume grant funding cycle to date, with $89,708 provided to clinics on behalf of 287 grantees. This represents a 31% increase in monies pledged and 17% increase in grantees over FY 2011. Each grantee funded presents to us a unique need for assistance in financing their abortion procedure. The information about our grantees shared here will provide a sense of who NYAAF serves and how impactful our funding is to their unique lived experience. The information presented here was collected from our FY 2012 grantees through NYAAF’s clinic intake form. Each NYAAF grantee is presented with this form when they go to the clinic for their abortion procedure. The form requests self-reported demographic and geographic information from the grantee as well as information on the grantee’s contraceptive use and insurance status. Clinic staff also completes a section of this form, providing information on gestation, type of procedure, and cost. Some clinic intake forms had missing information for certain indicators; therefore, numbers and percentages for unknown data are included in all calculations and figures herein to prevent bias in reporting.

NYAAF served grantees aged 12-45 in FY 2012. Two grantees funded were under the age of 15 and 39 were teenagers aged 15-19. Among adults, 101 were 20-24, 59 were 25-29, 47 were 30-34, 21 were 35-39, nine were 40-44, and one was 45. Age is unknown for eight grantees. The average age of our grantees was 26.
When we group age categories, we see that 14.3% of grantees were under the age of 20, 55.7% were in their twenties, and 27.2% were over the age of 30.

Grantees By Age

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More than one-third of NYAAF’s grantees (106) identified as White/Caucasian. Another third (97) identified as Black/African-American/African Heritage. Forty-three grantees identified as Latina/Chicana/Hispanic. Nine identified as Asian/Asian-American/Pacific Islander and one as Native American/American Indian. Eighteen grantees identified as bi- or multi-racial. Race and ethnicity is unknown for 13 grantees.

Grantees By Race & Ethnicity

About three-quarters of NYAAF’s grantees were NYS residents (206); the remaining 74 grantees travelled to NYS from other states for their abortion procedure. State of residency is unknown for 7 grantees. Non-NYS grantees travelled from the Northeast, South, and West regions of the United States, representing 14 different states. Grantees were from the Mid-Atlantic region (48), New England (14) and the South Atlantic states (10). NYAAF also served one grantee from the Pacific state of California and one from the Mountain state of Wyoming. Among in-state grantees, two-thirds (136) were from outside New York City (NYC) and one-third (70) were residents of NYC’s five boroughs. Within NYC, NYAAF served 29 grantees from Queens, 21 from the Bronx, 12 from Manhattan, four from Brooklyn, and four from Staten Island.

Grantees By Residence

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About half of NYAAF’s grantees (138) were parents, while 143 grantees did not have children. Number of children is unknown for six grantees. Among grantees with children, 66 had one child, 42 had two children, 18 had three children, five had four children, five had five children, and two had six children.

Grantees By Number of Children

The majority of grantees served by NYAAF (193) reported having no health insurance at the time they sought an abortion. Among those with insurance, 37 had private coverage, 32 had Medicaid, 2 had Tricare military coverage, and 5 had other insurance. Insurance statue was not provided by 18 grantees.

Grantees By Insurance Status

More than one-third (99) of grantees reported using a form of contraception when their pregnancy occurred. The majority of grantees (163) reported using no form of birth control at the time of conception. Contraceptive use information is missing for 25 grantees. Among those using contraceptives, 61 used condoms, 27 used oral contraceptive pills, three used Nuvaring, one used an intrauterine device, one used Depo Provera, one used a diaphragm, and one used a fertility awareness method. A specific method was not indicated by four grantees.
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Grantees By Contraceptive Use

NYAAF served grantees from four to 27 weeks gestation, with an average of 13 weeks gestation. Information on the number of weeks pregnant was not indicated on the intake forms of 32 grantees. The majority of grantees (151) were in the first trimester or first 12 weeks of their pregnancy at the time of their abortion. About a third of grantees (98) were both in their second trimester and within NYS’ legal limit of 24 weeks pregnant. Six grantees were beyond NYS’ legal limit of 24 weeks pregnant and travelled to other states for their abortion procedures. No grantees were in the third trimester. More than 80% of grantees (240) had a surgical abortion while 39 had a medical abortion. Type of procedure was not reported for 8 grantees.

Grantees By Number of Weeks Gestation

Grantees By Type of Procedure

The minimum cost of an abortion procedure supported by NYAAF was $390 for a grantee who was eight weeks pregnant and the maximum was $10,000 for a grantee who was 26 weeks pregnant. The average cost of procedure NYAAF supported was $906 and the most common was $500. NYAAF contributed a maximum grant size of $2,300 for a grantee who was in their second trimester and a minimum of $25 for a grantee at 13 weeks pregnant. The average NYAAF grant was $313 and the most common was $200. NYAAF’s funding process is always collaborative. We coordinate resources among our grantees, clinics, and partner abortion funds to ensure that our grants go further. More than three-quarters of grantees (248) contributed money toward their abortion. One grantee contributed $4,900, while another was able to contribute just $30. The average grantee contribution was $355 and the most common grantee contribution was $200.

Grant Collaboration By Contributor



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Clinics discounted procedures or use their own internal resources to funding 146 of NYAAF grantees. One clinic discounted $2,400, while sometimes just a $25 discount can make a difference. The average clinic discount was $269, while the most common discount was $50. Partner abortion funds contributed to 73 NYAAF grantees. The maximum partner fund contribution was $6,250 and the minimum was $50. The average partner fund contribution was $135, while the most common contribution was $100.

Inside The Hotline
Maria, a Pennsylvania resident, was at 18 weeks gestation and had an appointment scheduled in New York City. Although Maria had health coverage through her state’s Medicaid program, the state did not cover abortion procedures unless the pregnancy was a result of rape, incest, or a documented threat to the woman’s life. In order to have her procedure, Maria covered her travel expenses and stayed with a Haven volunteer overnight, the clinic provided a $395 discount, and NYAAF pledged $200. New York State is a haven for many people seeking terminations. NYAAF and our partners are always here to help.



Inside The Hotline
Sophia, a New York state resident, was undergoing chemotherapy and being treated for several different cancers. Her doctors told her that she would not be able to get pregnant while undergoing chemotherapy and her pregnancy was discovered at an advanced gestational age. The fetus was detected to have multiple severe anomalies that were incompatible with life. Although Sophia had NY State Medicaid, which covers abortion procedures, Sophia was past 24 weeks and had to travel out of state to the one of the few clinics in the country that would be able to perform her abortion. Even before factoring in travel costs and accommodations, the abortion itself cost over $12,000. Despite Sophia’s personal contribution and significant assistance from the National Abortion Federation, there remained a $1,750 balance. This pledge size was ten times our average grant amount, so we came to you, our supporters, for help. In our first ever email and social media-based “Emergency Appeal,” 41 people donated $1,719 toward Sophia’s care in one day.

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Over the last two years, NYAAF’s traditional media and social media presence has grown exponentially. NYAAF board members contribute regularly to reproductive health blogs like RH Reality Check, and have been featured in articles in The Nation and On the Issues Magazine to talk about the importance of abortion funds. NYAAF also has a successful and growing social media presence. We use Facebook and Twitter to promote our events, engage with supporters and community members and promote advocacy efforts. We have almost 500 “Likes” on Facebook ( and over 1,500 followers on Twitter (

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On August 8th, 2011, NYAAF hosted a screening of the film Dirty Dancing sponsored by the popular women’s issue blog The screening was preceded by a Q&A with the film’s screenwriter & producer Eleanor Bergstein, was covered by multiple media outlets, and despite a last-minute venue change due to rain, sold out and raised over $4,000 for NYAAF.

NYAAF held our first pop-up shop on Saturday, November 12th, 2011. Volunteers, board members, and NYAAF supporters donated furniture, clothing, books, jewelry, and many other items. The items were tagged and sold on a sunny afternoon while jazz piano played and mimosas were served. The event, hosted by NYAAF supporters Ann Snitow and Katha Pollitt, raised over $2,000.

NYAAF celebrated our 10th Anniversary on February 9th, 2012 with a gala at Housing Works Bookstore Café in SoHo, NYC. To mark the momentous occasion, we honored NYAAF’s founders and early board members, journalist and long-time supporter Katha Pollitt, and champion for reproductive rights City Council Speaker Christine Quinn with our Celebrate Access Award. The event was emceed by Lynn Harris, and attended by 150 people, featured speeches, wine, hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction. In celebration, we raised over $28,000.

(L-R) NYAAF founders Davina Cohen, Irene Xanthoudakis, and Lauren Porsch, and early board members Jessica Brewer and Sharon Hametz accepting their NYAAF Champion Awards

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(Clockwise from top left) All current and former NYAAF board members who attended the 10 Anniversary Celebration; Our inimitable host Lynn Harris; Longtime supporter Katha Pollitt accepting her NYAAF Champion for Choice Award; City Council Speaker Christine Quinn addressing the crowd before accepting her NYAAF Champion for Choice Award; Happy event attendees; NYAAF founders receiving their awards — Photos by Summer Starling, SUMMER STARLING Photography


NYAAF’s third annual bowl-a-thon took place on April 29th, 2012 and was a huge success! With 164 people participating and over 1900 unique donations made, we were able to raise more than $75,000 to help people access the abortion care they would not have otherwise been able to access. We strapped on bowling shoes, shined bowling balls and spent the afternoon breaking down barriers to abortion access at Bowlmor in Union Square, NYC!

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(Clockwise from top left) Team the Bowled and the Beautiful; Team RU 300’s; Team Plan Bees; Team Bowling in the Deep; (Bottom of page) All of our amazing NYAAF Bowl-A-Thon participants – Photos by Phillip Kim



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(JULY 1, 2011 – JUNE 30, 2012) Revenue
Events Individual Giving Miscellaneous Giving TOTAL REVENUE 111,211.57 22,119.63 3,643.26 $136,974.46

Abortion grants Event Expenses Operating Expenses 89,708.00 15,986.76 3,616.56




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NYAAF would like to express our gratitude to the following people and agencies. We would not be able to expand our reach and meet the growing needs of our clients without all of you and your continued, compassionate, and generous support. Thank you.

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To our tireless supporters, for making over 2,500 unique gifts averaging $60 each to support our abortion grant giving activities during FY 2012, you make us possible; To our FY 2012 class of board members, including former board members Carmina Bernardo – Intake Coordinator, Jasmine Nielson – Co-Chair and Resource Coordinator, Eesha Pandit – Communication Coordinator and Cassie Tinsmon – Clinic Liaison, your passion and expertise helped us grow; To all our NYAAF volunteers, especially our Spanish-language hotline volunteers, Tiana Bakic-Hayden, Sarah Baum, Lea Broh and Maura Heron, your enthusiasm for abortion access inspires us; To all clinics, hospitals, staff, and facilitated enrollers who partnered with us to ensure access to abortion for our clients, you are amazing, we could not do this without you; To our partner abortion funds namely, the National Abortion Federation, the National Network of Abortion Funds, Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund, the DC Abortion Fund, Hersey Abortion Assistance Loan Fund, Jane Fund, Make a Difference Fund, Third Wave Emergency Abortion Fund, the Women’s Medical Fund, and the Women’s Reproductive Rights Assistance Project, and other anonymous partners, your collaboration and resourcefulness are invaluable to our success; To our intake resources namely, Haven Coalition, NARAL Pro-Choice New York Book of Choices, Spence-Chapin, Backline, Exhale, the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Safe Horizon, the National Domestic Violence Hotline, and Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, your expertise enables us to focus on funding; To Love Heals, NARAL Pro-Choice New York, and the Guttmacher Institute, your meeting space and conference lines support our board meetings and administrative needs; To our clients and grantees, we thank you for contacting us, sharing your experiences with us, and trusting us to support you; we are here for you, call or e-mail and we will always respond.
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