It’s that time of year again! The DSA Socialist Feminist Working Group invites you, your chapter and comrades to raise money for your local abortion fund through the National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF)’s 2021 Annual Abortion Access Fund-a-Thon. DSA members participate every year. In 2019, a total of 75 DSA teams brought in more than $120,000. But because the COVID-19 pandemic hit right as the 2020 Fund-a-Thon started, DSA teams were only able to bring in about $30,000 last year.
For this year’s Fund-a-Thon, we need all hands on deck to help us meet our goals of signing up 75 DSA teams and raising $100,000. Get your comrades together, brainstorm a great team name, and get signed up!
We believe that abortion care is health care, and that health care is a human right. We know that attacks on abortion access are attacks on the working class. That’s why the Socialist Feminist Working Group continues to organize for the Abortion Access Fund-a-Thon and why DSA is taking part in the 2021 fundraiser to ensure our communities can access the abortion care and support they deserve.
Feeling nervous about how to fundraise or host virtual events? Join the Socialist Feminist Working Group for our How to Organize a Fund-A-Thon Training on Wednesday, 4/7 at 8pm ET/7pm CT/6pm MT/5pm PT. Hear from experienced fundraisers on making your Fund-a-thon a success!
I don’t know what Fundathon is, can you explain more?
Abortion access has been eroded from 40 years of legislative attacks and restrictions on abortion clinics, neoliberalism and by health care being further privatized. Abortion funds help folks access abortion by covering some costs of their procedure, travel stays, childcare, and they providing emotional support and fight abortion stigma.
Abortion funding is mutual aid. It is the redistribution of wealth to cover medical costs, but it is also a community stepping up to fill a basic need where the State has failed – and an invitation for that person to join our movement!
So what is Fund-a-Thon? The National Network of Abortion Funds hosts the annual Fundathon (formally known as the Bowlathon), and is a national organization affiliated with over 75 local abortion funds, many of them completely volunteer-run. You pull together a team (or do it solo!) and fundraise for your local fund through a number of tactics!
DSA has participated since 2016, and over the last three years we’ve raised nearly $250,000 for abortion funds around the country. Now more than ever, abortion funds need our help. COVID-19 and our flailing capitalist economy have put a further strain on clinics, abortion funds, and patients who were barely getting by before the pandemic.
I want to join/organize a Fundathon team!
The first steps to launching a Fundathon team are to recruit your comrades, friends and other fundraisers, create a team name, and then launch your fundraising page! Make sure to check to see if your chapter has launched a team below.
How can you fundraise, particularly during COVID and social distancing?
There are so many ways to fundraise right now! We have comrades who are fundraising by…
- Making arts, crafts, screen printed t-shirts, and buttons
- Baking cookies
- Hosting yoga classes
- Streaming video games
- And asking people they know directly to chip in a few dollars!
Here are resources for you to use while fundraising:
- Check out this sample toolkit from Chicago DSA!
- Check out the slides from our fundraising training.
- Join us on Wednesday 4/7 at 8pm ET/7pm CT/6pm MT/5pm PT for an open fundraising training
- Have questions or need more help? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll steer you in the right direction!
I want to donate to a DSA team for Fundathon!
Chicago DSA, IL: Means of Reproduction
Peoria DSA, IL: Rosa Luxembowl
Pittsburgh DSA, PA: Pittsburgh DSA Soc Fem
Saint Louis (STL DSA), MO: STL DSA Socialist Feminist Working Group
Rochester YDSA, OH: Rochester YDSA
Metro DC, DC/MD/VA: MDC DSA
Santa Barbara DSA, CA: Santa Barbara DSA
Columbus DSA, OH: Columbus DSA
NYC-DSA Socialist Feminists, NY: NYC-DSA Socialist Feminists
Cleveland DSA, OH: Cleveland DSA
Part of a DSA team and don’t see it listed here? Fill out this form and we’ll make sure your team is added!