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.

An Invitation to Invest in JFA's Mission

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 2019

Scroll down or click each link for more information, including progress. Last updated on Dec. 31, 2018.

Training Program Fund

  • $44,400 in new annual support commitments ($3700 in new monthly support commitments)

  • $10,000: IT infrastructure updates (database)

Personal Support Designations and Staff Support Fund

  • All staff members at 100% of their support goals

INTERN SCHOLARSHIP FUND

  • $28,000 for two interns working in spring 2019

  • $23,000 for two interns working in fall 2019

Exhibit Research and Development Fund

  • $32,000

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

  • the salary of our office manager who process donations, answer phones, assists with event registration, and supports the work of our trainers in many other ways

Gifts to help JFA with its area of “greatest need” generally are placed in this fund.

 

2019 GOALS

Note: This section is updated periodically. The last update was made on Dec. 31, 2018. Please fill out our Contact Form to request to be notified of our progress in fundraising.

  • $44,400 in new annual support commitments ($3700 in new monthly support commitments) to the Training Program Fund

  • $10,000 for IT infrastructure updates (database)

  • Other goals to be determined as the year progresses. Fill out this form to be updated.

  • 2016 Support Commitments: 2 individuals or families made new monthly commitments to this fund in 2016.

  • 2015 Support Commitments: 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.

2019 Goals

Intern Scholarship Fund

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

Grace Fontenot participated in a one-semester internship with JFA in 2016. That led to a spring internship and to raising support to work with JFA. She now serves as a full-time training specialist with JFA. Grace, who was initially paid using funds from JFA’s Intern Scholarship Fund, has now developed her own support team and is no longer reliant on those funds. You can help other gifted pro-life advocates like Grace make an impact by investing in JFA’s Intern Scholarship Fund. (You can read about Grace’s conversations with pro-choice advocates and about her training work by clicking this link.)

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 four interns in 2019 (two in the spring and two in the fall), paying them a reasonable internship salary from our Intern Scholarship Fund.  We need to raise between $10,000 and $14,000 in order 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.

2019 Goal: $51,000

Note: This section is updated periodically. The last update was made on Dec. 31, 2018. Please fill out our Contact Form to request to be notified of our progress in fundraising.

  • $28,000 for two interns working in spring 2019

  • $23,000 for two interns working in fall 2019

Read and Hear First-Hand Reports from JFA Interns

You can learn what JFA internships are like through the testimony of some of JFA's past interns: Holly Fugate, Jordan Newhouse, Moriah Newhouse, CK Wisner, Joanna Wagner, and Susanna Buckley

Above, 2013-2014 Intern Holly Meath interacts with a student during campus outreach. ( You can read Holly’s reflections from her internship by clicking this link. )

Above, 2013-2014 Intern Holly Meath interacts with a student during campus outreach. (You can read Holly’s reflections from her internship by clicking this link.)

Susanna Buckley (facing camera) and Grace Fontenot (back to camera) interact with a young woman at an outreach event in Georgia during Susanna’s internship. Grace, who also completed the JFA Internship program, was already raising support to work as a training specialist at JFA by the time this picture was taken. To read about this conversation, see “We Don’t Deserve This.”

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.

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.  JFA’s Exhibit Research and Development Fund enables JFA trainers to put theory to the test to determine which dialogue tools meet the current generation by creating conversations, helping us change minds and hearts, and activating pro-life advocates. It also helps us see which of these tools make the greatest impact for the least amount of money spent.    

How JFA's Exhibits and Other Dialogue Tools Help Create ConversationS

JFA’s tools 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 JFA’s Original Exhibit Brochure (2000 Content) 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 Developments Since 2015

  • Two New Exhibits Created in 2016: In a spirit of research and development, in 2016, we created two new large-format exhibits to complement our original 2000 Exhibit. See photos of these exhibits in three Impact Reports:

  • New Approach to Large Outreach Using Large Numbers of Small Signs: In fall 2018, we debuted another new approach to outreach using a large number of small-format signs.

  • New Brochure Now in Use: JFA produced a totally redesigned dialogue brochure (“An Invitation to Dialogue”) in 2018.

  • JFA’s Set of Large and Small Tools in Multiple Designs Now Gives Us the Ability to Test: All of these dialogue tools, combined with other tools we’ve developed over the years (poll tables, free speech boards, and kiosk signs) and especially combined with the conversations our volunteers help to generate around them, get people interested and engaged in the topic of abortion. These new exhibits in large and small formats give us the ability now to test ideas, changing the content more frequently in order to draw more students, both on campuses where we have worked before and on new campuses.

2019 Goals: $32,000

  • New Panel Designs and Print-Ready Files of Current Designs

    • $1300

  • Kiosk Versions of Panel Designs (More Portable) for Seminars and Indoor Outreach: By March 1, 2019, 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. ($300 per panel)

    • $2700

  • Kiosk Versions and Indoor Exhibits:

    • $3000

  • R&D Exploring New Ways (Different from Our Exhibits) to Start Conversations

    • $5000

  • Transportation: Rental Trucks and/or Vans (approximately 20 outings)

    • $20,000

LOOK BACK AT OUR Previous Exhibit R&D Projects