Please join me in celebrating a very special anniversary.
2010 marks the 5th Anniversary of our talkline’s expansion from a limited Bay-Area, bilingual service into a national, multilingual one that is available every day!
It is with the help of people like you – our supporters – that, five years ago, we were able to respond to demand from women and men throughout the United States seeking a safe place to talk after an abortion. I write to invite you to make a special gift to Exhale in commemoration of this significant time in our history.
We grow Exhale and our free programs in direct response to the needs of our callers. Part of what motivates and inspires us as an organization is finding new ways to respond to our callers’ needs with fresh ideas and innovative projects that make our pro-voice mission real in their every day lives. Listening carefully to our callers over the last five-years of national, multilingual service has led Exhale to:
- Develop Post-Abortion E-Cards that help loved ones respectfully acknowledge the personal abortion experience of someone they care about.
- Grow an Online Community that facilitates supportive connections among women who have had abortions.
- Advocate for Social Science Research that deepens our understanding of the social and emotional experience of abortion.
- Create Storytelling Forums that ensure personal abortion stories are heard with dignity and respect.
- Provide Thought Leadership that offers our nation new opportunities to transform conflict and create abortion peace.
The reality is that at this exciting moment Exhale faces real challenges. Our revenue from private foundations is down and our call volume is up. We are faced with the challenge of declining revenue and increasing demand. Exhale is using this difficult financial time to be the organization we’ve always dreamed about becoming. We are putting our organizational values and beliefs into practice and strengthening the culture (risk-taking, abundance, excellence) we have worked so hard to build.
Exhale is an organization of copious strengths and assets and with the generous contributions of people like you, we can leverage them in new, creative ways moving forward. For every dollar Exhale receives as a donation, we turn it into $2.50 of volunteer service. We more than double the value of your gift. Over a third of our budget is contributed through the time our volunteers donate to our mission.
We are so grateful for the support we have received since the day we first launched the talkline in 2002 and in the five years since we significantly expanded our service. We know that together with supporters like you we will thrive for the next five – and many more! In commemoration of our 5th Anniversary of listening to women from around the country (and beyond), in multiple languages, every day of the week, I invite you to support Exhale by making a special donation today.
Our goal is to raise $15,000 by August 31st. Help us reach our goal and make a donation today!