An Invitation to Invest in JFA's Mission

Above, a JFA volunteer prays during a JFA Exhibit outreach, seeking help from God.  The JFA team submits our funding goals and an invitation to give to JFA with the same spirit of dependence on God for all that we need as we seek to love every human being and make abortion unthinkable. 

Above, a JFA volunteer prays during a JFA Exhibit outreach, seeking help from God.  The JFA team submits our funding goals and an invitation to give to JFA with the same spirit of dependence on God for all that we need as we seek to love every human being and make abortion unthinkable. 

Giving to any JFA designation helps JFA train thousands to make abortion unthinkable for millions, one person at a time.  In other words, any gift helps to keep JFA’s trainers and volunteers on the ground on college campuses, in churches, and in schools creating life-changing conversations with pro-choice advocates and equipping pro-life advocates to create many more conversations than the members of our training team could create on their own. 

The purpose of this section of our website is to explain in more detail how gifts to our various projects directly impact JFA’s mission, and it also clarifies some of JFA’s specific fundraising goals.  We invite you to help JFA by giving to these projects.

 

JFA's Funding Goals for 2016

Scroll down or click each link for more information, including progress. 

Training Program Fund

  • 50 New Monthly Partners and/or $5000 of new monthly support commitments in 2016

Personal Support Designations and Staff Support Fund

  • All staff members at 100% of their support goal

Exhibit Research and Development Fund

  • $38,000 for the design, printing, construction, and transportation of 2 new 9-panel large-format exhibits (and accompanying brochures which extend and complement the conversation around the exhibits)
  • Progress as of August 15, 2016: $15,850

Intern SCholarship Fund

  • $16,000 for two interns in 2016 (one semester each)

  • Progress as of July 20, 2016: $6,575

Training Program Fund (Designation 1)

Above, JFA Trainer Rebecca Haschke mentors students through interactive exercises during a JFA seminar.  Your gift to the Training Program Fund allows Rebecca to focus on face-to-face mentoring and outreach conversations.

Above, JFA Trainer Rebecca Haschke mentors students through interactive exercises during a JFA seminar.  Your gift to the Training Program Fund allows Rebecca to focus on face-to-face mentoring and outreach conversations.

The Training Program Fund is used to pay the expenses associated with our training, speaking, mentoring, and outreach dialogue work.

Vision

If you look at JFA’s mission statement (train thousands to make abortion unthinkable for millions, one person at a time) and the twin passions that explain it (create lots of conversations with pro-choice advocates and train/equip lots of pro-life advocates to create those conversations), it is easy to see why the JFA trainer and the work of the JFA trainer is really at the heart of everything JFA does.  That’s why the Training Program Fund is so important.  It is used to pay for most all of the non-salary expenses incurred by our trainers in the course of JFA’s training, mentoring, speaking, and outreach work.  Since the members of our training team raise support for the majority of what’s needed for their work (their salary), the fact that this fund is used for travel, telecommunications, internet, computer, and other expenses, greatly reduces the support-raising load on each JFA trainer.  This enables them to keep focused on changing hearts and minds of pro-choice advocates, as well as preparing pro-life advocates to do the same.

Notes

This fund is JFA’s annual fund or general fund.  It pays for the expenses our trainers incur in the course of doing their training, speaking, mentoring and outreach dialogue work:

  • office
  • internet access, cell phone
  • computer for presentations and communications
  • travel costs (gas, flights, food)
  • costs associated with transporting our outreach tools (exhibits, vehicle maintenance)
  • training materials printing costs
  • fundraising costs (newsletters, events, meetings)
  • website server and maintenance costs

Gifts to help  JFA with its area of “greatest need” should go to this fund.

 

2016 GOALS

Note: This section is updated periodically.  The last update was made on January 27, 2016.  Please fill out our Contact Form to request to be notified of our progress in fundraising.
  • 50 new monthly supporters and/or $5000 of new monthly support commitments to the Training Program Fund in 2016
  • Progress: 1 person has made a new monthly commitment during 2016.
  • Other goals to be determined as the year progresses.  Fill out this form to be updated.
  • 2015 Support Commitments: At last count, 31 individuals or families made a new monthly commitment to this fund in 2015.

Support JFA Trainers through Personal Support Designations (Various, 500)

Above, JFA trainers Jordan, Steve, Joanna, CK, and Jeremy interact with students at the University of Kansas.  Your gift to any staff member's support designation or to the Staff Support Fund (500) help our trainers keep focused on balancing love and truth in conversations like these.

Above, JFA trainers Jordan, Steve, Joanna, CK, and Jeremy interact with students at the University of Kansas.  Your gift to any staff member's support designation or to the Staff Support Fund (500) help our trainers keep focused on balancing love and truth in conversations like these.

Gifts designated for personal support designations help to pay salary, employment expenses, fundraising expenses, and administrative expenses associated with employing the members of JFA’s training team.

Vision

Saving unborn children and their parents from abortion is a goal which merits working full-time to accomplish it.  Giving to the personal support designation of a JFA trainer enables him or her to focus on this work with much more energy than would be possible on a volunteer basis.  This means he/she develops great skill as an advocate and trainer.  It also means he/she can spend much more time (work time) creating conversations with pro-choice advocates and helping pro-life advocates learn to do the same.  A team of skilled full-time workers is one of the key factors that helps us train thousands to make abortion unthinkable for millions, one person at a time. 

Notes about Personal Support Designations

Personal support designations are mostly (90-97%) used to pay salary and expenses related directed to paying a specific employee’s salary (e.g. employer side of FICA).  These designations (3%) are also used to pay expenses for a given employee’s fundraising (e.g. sending newsletters).  For the members of JFA’s Funding Team, a percentage (7%) goes to expenses related to training and speaking work.

If a supporter wishes to support staff salaries in general rather than that of a specific staff member, he/she can give to the Staff Support (500) designation which is used for staff members in greatest need of support.

2016 Goals

Exhibit Research and Development Fund (350)

The Justice For All Exhibit draws a crowd and creates many opportunities for conversations for Focus on the Family Institute students and other JFA volunteers at Colorado State University in 2004. 

Gifts given to the Exhibit Research and Development Fund help JFA design, print, construct, test, maintain, and transport its large-format campus outreach exhibits, smaller exhibits, other dialogue kiosks, and museum-quality brochures in order to draw a large number of pro-choice advocates to engage in life-changing conversations during its outreach events.  This fund also helps JFA create smaller versions of these exhibits for preparing volunteers during training seminars. 

Vision

Our culture is filled with people increasingly distracted by smart phones and entertainments, so in order to get the conversation started about the uncomfortable topic of abortion, we must, in a sense, "distract" people with something more interesting and engaging than what is on their phone.  We believe that our large-format exhibits, combined with the conversations our volunteers help to generate around them, get people interested and engaged in the topic of abortion.  Since the content of our current large-format exhibit hasn't changed in 15 years, we believe we need to change the content more frequently in order to draw more students, both on campuses where we have worked before and on new campuses.  

We are aiming to create two new exhibits for testing in 2016, and then we plan to use what we've learned to create at least one new exhibit every two years after that.  In this way, we are seeking to infuse our large-format exhibit program with the same R&D spirit that has historically infused our outreach events with smaller new dialogue tools (such as our poll tables, free speech boards, and kiosk signs).

How JFA's Large-Format ExhibitS Help Create ConversationS

In order to create thousands and thousands of conversations with pro-choice advocates, JFA works with student clubs on university campuses to produce large-format exhibit events that are a catalyst to conversation, motivating otherwise disinterested students to stop and discuss abortion.  The exhibit events function as catalysts to conversation that change minds in at least four ways: 

  • The exhibits draw students to talk.  Sometimes, they draw a modest number of students, and at other times, the exhibits draw a crowd.  That crowd in turn draws more interest and engages more onlookers.  
  • Our staff and volunteers then engage people in conversation about the unborn child and abortion.  Once the conversation has been started, the exhibits then function as a common visual library or reference point that helps staff and volunteers keep the conversation about abortion productive. 
  • Some students don’t stop and talk with us at our outreach exhibits, but the exhibits still help them begin thinking about abortion differently.  When a student passes by the exhibits, pictures and text related to the humanity of the unborn and the reality of abortion begin educating them about abortion and sometimes cause them to discuss it with their peers.  
  • Finally, These events have many times been covered in the campus newspaper, making them visible to the majority of the student population on the campus and furthering the conversation well beyond the immediate footprint of the exhibits.  
Above, the Justice For All Exhibit is featured above the fold on the front page of Colorado State University's newspaper, the Rocky Mountain Collegian.

Above, the Justice For All Exhibit is featured above the fold on the front page of Colorado State University's newspaper, the Rocky Mountain Collegian.

When the majority of students on campus are talking and thinking about abortion, pro-life students have plentiful opportunities for dialogue that changes hearts and minds about abortion.

History and Impact of JFA’s Large-Format Exhibit Program

The Justice For All Exhibit was first presented on campuses in the fall of 2000.  Its largest panels are approximately 18 feet high and each side of the Exhibit is 40 feet wide (triangular).  Costing about $40,000 to build, the Exhibit has been, historically, the centerpiece of three of the four major JFA projects (Flagship Training Program, Campus Outreach Exhibits, and Learn at Home program).  

  • It has been exhibited more than 250 days on 40 campuses since its creation.  The content of the original exhibit has also been exhibited through a small exhibit version (eight feet high and fifteen feet wide, triangular) version and kiosk version (seven and ten feet high A-frame) at a number of additional campuses.
  • It has facilitated the training of thousands of pro-life advocates during the “Feet Work” (outreach) portion of JFA’s training program since 2003.
  • It has facilitated thousands of conversations with pro-choice advocates.  See examples on our Stories page.

JFA has multiplied the impact of the original design of the large-format Exhibit JFA through a smaller 8-foot Exhibit, our kiosks (7-10 feet) which feature similar content, and especially through our museum-quality Exhibit Brochure.  

  • Since 2000, we have distributed over 90,000 of copies of that Exhibit Brochure to people who expressed a desire to have one.  Amanda is one such student who used the brochure later that day to help save the life of little Lucy.  (Note: The number "90,000" includes the Brochures we've given to interested students on college campuses, as well as distribution of one or more brochures to people who requested the Brochure online, as well as participants in our seminars, workshops, and presentations.)

New Exhibit Development Program Beginning in 2015

  • Purpose of New Exhibits: The purposes of our exhibits that are described briefly above are still animating our new designs, but we are more concerned now with the first (getting people to stop) and second (making our conversations productive) and somewhat less concerned (though it’s still an aim) with the third (educating passersby).  If our new exhibits don’t help us get people to stop, we will try other designs until we do draw a crowd or until we have tried enough designs to conclude that it’s simply not possible.  We haven’t tested enough large-format sign designs in the past 15 years to be able to draw any conclusions about this at the present.
  • Kickstart with Two New Exhibits: We have done fewer large-scale exhibits over the past two years, so we are aiming to restart our large-format program with great energy in 2016.  To kickstart the new large-scale program with a new frequency of new content every two years, we’re building two large 9-panel exhibits to be presented beginning February 2016. 
  • Testing New Content: We have really only tested one set of content in the large format (and some very similar variations in smaller formats) over the past 15 years.  We see these new exhibits as test models which will help us determine what the best large-format tools will be for our large-format program in the coming years.  We believe that we have to test the signs in large format to accurately assess how well the content will draw people when in large format.  Since we are testing the content on the new exhibits, we will wait and see which content draws people better before printing a large number of brochures or copies of the panels in smaller formats.
  • New Structural Design to Meet Transportation, Reservation, and Setup Challenges: We are working now with a large-format exhibit template that will include nine panels which all stand about 13 feet high and 20 feet wide (triangular).  Because the panels will all be the same size, they will be a bit more interchangeable, and the smaller size will allow transport in a box-body truck which is easier to drive long distances.  The smaller design will still make a big impact but will make some aspects of the campus reservation process easier.
  • What about the original Justice For All Exhibit (2000)?: We are going to keep the original JFA Exhibit intact in order to have the option of using it in some contexts.  It continues to generate discussion, just not the volume of discussion for which we are aiming (in most contexts).  In other words, we’re working to find a set of large-format exhibit content for which the large crowd is the rule rather than the exception.
  • What about the original Justice For All Exhibit Brochure (2000)?: We will continue to use the JFA Exhibit Brochure (2000) for the foreseeable future.  We will print a small number of brochures with new designs and content as necessary to adequately test the ability of those designs to help us start conversations about abortion.

2016 Goal: $38,000

Note: This section is updated periodically.  The last update was made on August 15, 2016.  Please fill out our Contact Form to request to be notified of our progress in fundraising.
  • Project Completion Update:
    • JFA completed the building of two new large-format exhibits in April 2016!
    • "The Art of Life" Exhibit has been displayed at CSU on April 18 and April 19 (2016) and at UCLA on May 23, 2016.
    • The "Stop and Think" Exhibit has been displayed at CSU on April 20 (2016) and at UCLA on May 25, 2016.
  • Fundraising Progress: $15,850
    • Ten supporters have given a total of $15,850 to this fund since December 1, 2015.  
    • In 2016, one supporter gave an $8,000 gift, another gave a $2500 gift, and another gave a $1000 gift to this fund.
    • In 2015, two supporters each gave a $1000 gift to this fund. 
    • Two supporters are giving monthly to this fund.
    • You can join these supporters by going to our Donate page!
  • Detail
    • Large-Format Vinyl-and-Aluminum-Pipe Exhibits: By March 15, 2016, create two new exhibits which are similar in size to the original JFA Exhibit but are very different in content.  The size will be 12 feet high by 20 feet wide to facilitate easier/quicker set-up and take-down with fewer people.  Even still, they will be large enough to make them the talk of the campus (or at least, to draw many students to talk).
      • $17,000
        • $3,600 (design)
        • $3,600 (exhibit printing)
        • $9,800 (pipe, Hollander fittings)
      • Contact Steve Wagner for additional detail.
    • Brochures: Because it has been so helpful to our one-to-one conversations over the years, we’ll continue to use the original JFA Exhibit Brochure (2000) with the new exhibits.  We probably will print new addendum brochures to support, explain, and augment some, if not all, of the new content, but in smaller quantities at first.
      • $1000 for a limited print run of 5000 4-page brochures
    • Training Exhibits (also for use in conference exhibitor areas and in church foyers): None planned for 2016.  To save money and time (in order to focus on the large-format signs), we’ll use PowerPoint versions for our initial training sessions on the new signs for 2015.  See 2016 for more on this.
    • Kiosk Versions: None planned for 2016.
    • Transportation: Rental Trucks (approximately 8 outings)
      •  $20,000

2017 Goal: $34,700

  • Progress: $0
  • Detailed Need:
    • Large-Format Exhibits: One new large-format exhibit with totally different content to be used in 2018.
      • $300 (design – most of the design was done in the initial phase represented above)
      • $1,800 (exhibit printing)
      • $4,900 (pipe, Hollander fittings)
    • Training Exhibits: By November 15, 2017, create training versions of representative panels from each of the new exhibits (9 panels total).  These panels will be approximately 6 feet tall and will roll into a canister that is ultra-portable.  Set-up time will be less than one minute for one person, compared to the current set-up time of our kiosk, which is about 20 minutes for two people.
      • $2700 ($300 per panel)
    • Kiosk Versions: To be determined in late 2016.
    • Transportation: Rental Trucks (approximately 10 outings)
      •  $25,000

2016-2017 Goal (Transportation): $90,000

  • Long-Term Transportation Solution: Purchase a box-body truck and outfit it for carrying exhibits, barricades, sand bags, and other outreach event equipment.
    • Truck: $87,000
    • Outfitting of Truck: $3,000

Intern Scholarship Fund

Above, 2013-2014 Intern Holly Meath interacts with a student during campus outreach.

Above, 2013-2014 Intern Holly Meath interacts with a student during campus outreach.

The primary purpose of the Intern Scholarship Fund is to provide four-month paid internships with Justice For All.  The goal is to remove as many barriers and overcome as many of the hurdles (discussed below) as possible, making it easier for more eligible young people (aged 18-30) to experience JFA’s work and to consider it as a viable career.

Vision

If JFA accomplishes its mission by creating life-changing conversations with pro-choice advocates and mentoring pro-life advocates in the art of creating those conversations, then the numbers of people we can influence are directly related to the number of trainers working full-time to accomplish JFA’s mission. 

In JFA’s Flagship Training Program, we aim for a 10-1 volunteer to mentor ratio, resulting in pro-life advocates becoming skilled at defending the unborn in a short amount of time.  Because of this, the number of trainers on staff is even more critical for JFA than some organizations.  In short, JFA needs more workers.  Not only does this directly impact the number of events we can create.  It also directly impacts how many we’re able to reach through those events.

JFA is aiming to hire two interns for one semester each in 2016, paying them a reasonable internship salary from our Intern Scholarship Fund.  We need to raise $8,000 to employ one intern for four months.  This will enable us to walk an interested potential intern through the application process in a short time, and they could be in the office working immediately.  (With our staff, the support-raising process creates a delay in the ability to work.  Once a person is accepted to work for JFA, he/she then must raise support, which may mean that he/she is not able to work on JFA’s events for a full year or more.) 

During this four-month internship, JFA and the intern can evaluate interest in further employment, and the intern can begin raising money, either to fund his/her own future salary (after the four-month internship) or to help replace the funds used for his/her internship so that others can experience JFA and consider full-time work.

Challenges to Hiring Full-Time, Long-Term Staff

JFA, like many pro-life organizations, faces numerous hurdles in finding full-time workers, but we are also working actively to overcome these hurdles:

  • “Get a Real Job”: Pro-life work appears to many people to not be a “real job” or a “respectable occupation.”  We work to overcome this hurdle by being professional and excellent in all of our activities, from dialogue with pro-choice advocates to mentoring pro-life advocates, from our large-scale college campus outreach events to our seminars to our platform speaking events.  We also continually strive to clarify for people that JFA is a respectable employer, that full-time pro-life work is a much-needed occupation, and that working full-time to make abortion unthinkable does a great good in the world.  Working full-time for JFA is personally fulfilling and helps the worker gain skills which will help him/her in many other fields.  These include public speaking, analysis, conflict resolution, communication, writing, fundraising.
  • “Don’t Waste Time on Dead-End Jobs”: Young people want to build their resume and not waste their time on “dead-end” jobs.  This is one reason working for JFA is attractive.  We are an organization that is animated by a passion for mentoring and individual flourishing.  So, we give some of our highest levels of responsibility to some of our youngest staff when they show aptitude or competence for the work.  For example, we see every intern as capable of participating on our training teams, so they are initiated into our trainer certification program and begin shouldering speaking, mentoring, and dialogue duties immediately.  Sure, they may learn to seal envelopes or do clerical tasks while they are interning as well, but the thinking, writing, speaking, dialogue with pro-choice advocates, and mentoring pro-life advocates that consumes our training team consumes the life of our interns from the beginning.
  • “I Want to Get Paid Without Having to Raise Support”: The prospect of raising support to be paid a salary remains the single biggest hurdle for many young people to consider working for JFA.  Few are willing to consider spending some of their working years at the task of making abortion unthinkable, but even fewer are willing to do so if they must engage their whole network of friends and family personally in the process by asking them to financially support their work at JFA. 
  • “Pro-Life Work Is a Waste of Time at Best…Or It May Even Be Evil”: Since abortion is legal and early elective legal abortion enjoys broad support even from those who say they “personally oppose abortion,” there is at least a perception among many young people that there is a stigma attached to those who spend their professional work on making abortion unthinkable.  This is a hurdle which we must simply acknowledge as a cost of doing the worthwhile work of changing hearts and saving lives.
  • “I’m Not Sure What I Want to Do with My Life, So I Want to Explore Lots of Work Options”: The propensity many young people have towards getting many different kinds of experiences in high school and college causes them to be reluctant to commit long-term to a work like Justice For All’s work, but this can actually benefit JFA’s staff recruitment.  If we invite people to “come and see” so that they can experience working with JFA during a short-term internship, some will see that it is a good fit for their professional goals and personalities.  This is why JFA structures its internships to enable the short-term intern to get to know the training work of JFA first-hand and to get to know the staff.  It also gives the JFA team a chance to get to know the short-term intern.  Time in the JFA office and on the road with the JFA team gives these interns a chance to see that many of their preconceived ideas about pro-life work in general, and work for JFA in specific, were mistaken.

2016 Goal: $16,000

Note: This section is updated periodically.  The last update was made on July 20, 2016.  Please fill out our Contact Form to request to be notified of our progress in fundraising.
  • Progress: $6,575
    • Seven supporters have committed to give monthly to this fund since January 1, 2016.
    • One supporter gave two gifts totaling $4500 to this fund in 2016.  Another gave a $500 gift.
    • 14 supporters have given a total of $6575 to this fund since January 1, 2016.
  • Detailed Need:
    • $16,000 to employ two interns each for one semester in 2016.