Values Added

Investing in Healthcare Justice: Welcoming DC Abortion Fund to Our Pro Bono Program

At Values Added, we believe in caring for our clients, our colleagues, and our communities. We’ve found that our experience in investment management and financial planning isn’t just helpful to people, but its power can be a source of critical support to organizations. That’s why we have a pro bono program where we help high-impact social justice organizations that can make use of our professional experience.

As more states and the Supreme Court restrict abortion rights and access to healthcare of all kinds, but especially reproductive healthcare, we, along with so many people, want to help people get the abortion care they need. We want to live in a world where everyone has access to compassionate, patient-centered care. Our commitment to health justice has led us to add the DC Abortion Fund to our pro bono program.

About DC Abortion Fund

DC Abortion Fund has one primary goal: to expand abortion access to those who need it. DCAF is a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC, that provides financial assistance to individuals who are seeking abortion care, but cannot afford the full cost. DCAF operates with the belief that economic barriers should not prevent anyone from accessing healthcare of any kind, especially abortion.

The organization works to bridge the gap between the cost of abortion services and the financial resources of individuals, offering support in a confidential and non-judgmental manner. DCAF relies on donations and fundraising efforts to fulfill its mission and assist those in need.
DCAF’s founding story in its own words:

DCAF was founded in 1995 through a deep economic need—one we have continued to address for the past three decades. When a DC-local rape survivor lacked the funds to pay for abortion care, a close friend rallied the community. When they met their fundraising goal (and then some), they used remaining funds to continue to break down economic barriers for abortion seekers in the area. 

For nearly 30 years, DCAF thrived as a 100% volunteer-led organization. From 2019 to 2022, compounded pressures from the COVID-19 pandemic, a national recession, the overturn of Roe, and anti-abortion legislation increased DCAF’s funding six-fold. To continue to meet the needs of working families, poor people, people of color, immigrants, young people, queer and trans people, disabled people, folks living with HIV, and anyone else making a decision for their life and future, DCAF hired full-time staff in 2022. 

Who are we? We are single-digit staff ruthless in our commitment to bodily autonomy, a tenacious board of directors, and a fighting force of dozens of volunteers—all backed by a community who endured decades of anti-abortion legislation and lack of congressional representation. We’re in solidarity with the nearly 100 grassroots funds across the country—just as we have been for nearly 30 years. We, and the District of Columbia, will continue to be a safe haven for those making a decision regarding their bodily autonomy. 

You can get involved with DCAF by becoming a recurring donor, attending an event, or looking out for future volunteer opportunities. To learn more about how to support this organization with your time, energy, and resources, click here.

Values-Aligned Investing: Walking The Walk

At Values Added, we talk to our clients about how to live a life that aligns with their values. Through our pro bono program, we’re able to support causes and organizations we care about as a firm.

We encourage you to think about what skills you may have that could help organizations you care about, just like we did here. Of course, if you feel called to this issue, you might consider supporting DC Abortion Fund or their local equivalent in your area. Reproductive healthcare, including abortion, is a fundamental right, and every contribution, big or small, makes a difference. To learn more about DC Abortion Fund or find a similar organization in another geography, check out their national directory of reproductive healthcare support organizations.

More broadly, we encourage you to consider what types of causes are important to you, and how you can get involved to help. 

Together, let’s invest in a future where healthcare is just, accessible, and empowers individuals to make decisions that align with their values and well-being.

Thank you for joining us on this journey towards a more equitable and compassionate world.