This year, we are moving $1,000,000 directly to NNAF members via the Collective Power Fund. In the interest of deepening our commitment to existing grantees, we will not have Collective Power Fund (CPF) applications this year and are instead renewing grants to existing CPF grantees at the same level as FY 21. All Collective Power Fund members from FY21 opted-in to continue membership in the FY22 cohort. With the understanding that funds are facing access battles in a year of network-wide funding shortages, we’ve retained 100% of our yearly disbursements. Welcome Back, Collective Power Fund Cohort!
- Cobalt Abortion Fund*
- Jane’s Due Process*
- Kansas Abortion Fund*
- Midwest Access Coalition*
- New Mexico Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice*
- Tampa Bay Abortion Fund*
- Women Have Options (Ohio)
- Chicago Abortion Fund
- Gateway Women’s Access Fund
- Hoosier Abortion Fund
- Women’s Medical Fund, Inc.
- Holler Health Justice
- DC Abortion Fund
- Women’s Medical Fund (PA)
- Clinic Access Support Network
- Access Reproductive Care – Southeast, Inc.
- Carolina Abortion Fund
- Blue Ridge Abortion Fund
- New Orleans Abortion Fund
- Emergency Medical Assistance, Inc.
- Broward Women’s Emergency Fund, Inc.
- Central Florida Women’s Emergency Fund
- Kentucky Health Justice Network
- Support Your Sistah Fund – Afiya Center
- Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project
- Texas Equal Access Fund
- Frontera Fund
- Lilith Fund
- West Fund
- Fund Texas Choice
- Abortion Fund of Arizona
- Utah Abortion Fund
- Mariposa Fund
*Grantees that joined the cohort in 2021
What’s the Collective Power Fund again?
NNAF used to administer an internal abortion fund, the Tiller Fund.
A major outcome of our 2016 Strategic Plan was to redesign the Tiller Fund in order to regrant direct abortion funding dollars directly to member abortion funds. To do so, in 2018, we talked to callers, abortion funds, clinics, and other key stakeholders to learn what worked well and what could be better about how NNAF supported direct abortion funding.
The Collective Power Fund is in direct response to what we learned. We heard that funds, clinics, and callers shared a desire for a streamlined system for accessing extra money to cover the cost of an abortion in their state. We learned that people seeking support from abortion funds often cite calling their local fund as the best part of their abortion experience! Most of all, we heard the immense need for more money on the ground to pay for abortion.
The Collective Power Fund distributes abortion funding to 29 member organizations across more than 20 states. Funding is concentrated on the South and Midwest, where it’s often hardest to get an abortion and an explicit priority we heard through the stakeholder process.
The Collective Power Fund supports direct abortion funding, as well as practical support such as transportation or childcare.
How did NNAF choose the grantees?
Transparency around decision making is a key goal of the Collective Power Fund program. The criteria for choosing grantees were developed in partnership with abortion funds via the stakeholder process. The criteria are:
- Member standing: Anyone who is an NNAF abortion fund member
- Medicaid: If your fund is in a state with no Medicaid funding for abortion
- Priority regions: If your fund is in the South or Midwest (although a fund in any region can apply).
- Unmet need: If your fund is experiencing an influx of callers traveling to your coverage area.
- Organizational Development (OD) & infrastructure needs: If your fund is in need of supplemental abortion funding dollars to be able to shift non-restricted dollars toward organizational infrastructure needs.
- Collaborative stance & network building: If your fund is excited about NNAF’s 4 core values of intersectionality, autonomy, compassion, and collective power.
To assess for these criteria, we used data from the Member Enrollment Survey, alongside regional and national data about trigger law status and other access barriers. After eliminating funds located in states with Medicaid funding, we reviewed the remaining applicants to seek the 6 applicants with high unmet caller need, high organizational development and infrastructure needs relative to other applicants, and a commitment to collaboration and network building.
Do you have questions about the Collective Power Fund application & decision making process? Don’t hesitate to reach out!
The Collective Power Fund is a means of redistributing wealth, power, and access to local abortion funds and the people who call them. We are so excited to partner with the 29 member funds in this radical investment in community care and to build a future where all people have what they need to thrive.