It’s campaign season again — and not just the one you’re thinking of!

Hey federal government employees – did you know you can support the NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Foundation through the Combined Federal Campaign? The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is a workplace giving program that allows employees of the federal government to easily contribute to charitable organizations, with donations automatically deducted from your paycheck.

The 2010 CFC campaign season started on September 1 and will continue through December 15.  If you participate in the Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area, the Potomac Combined Federal Campaign, or the Combined Federal Campaign of the N. Shendandoah Valley, please designate NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Foundation, CFC ID #83291, on your pledge form this year!

So you may be asking yourself – just what is the NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Foundation (NPCVF) and how is it different than just “NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia”?

NPCVF, a 501(c)(3) organization, is our research and educational arm. The Foundation’s mission is support and protect a woman’s right to make the full range of reproductive choices through proactive research and educational initiatives, training programs, and public policy efforts. The Foundation’s program work is a critical complement to the direct political and lobbying work of our main 501(c)(4) organization.

A few of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Foundation’s current programs include:

Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPC) investigation and awareness:

  • A year-long undercover investigation of “crisis pregnancy centers” in Virginia. (Read our report, “Crisis Pregnancy Centers Revealed,” for our findings about the deceptive tactics and misinformation used by these fake clinics.)
  • Support Without Shame campus CPC awareness campaign: This past year, a campus intern and campaign at the University of  Mary Washington raised awareness about CPCs in the area and resulted in changes to the Student Health Center’s website and referral policy. (We’re bringing this campaign to more campuses around Virginia this fall!)
  • Our Crisis Pregnancy Center Road Tour is traveling around the state sharing the findings of our investigation.
  • Check out press coverage of our CPC work in TIME Magazine!

Advocating for comprehensive sex education: We have an organizer working to raise awareness and support for increased comprehensive, medically accurate sex education in the Petersburg, VA school system. (The city of Petersburg has Virginia’s highest teen pregnancy rate and one of the highest rates of HIV/STI infections in the state!)

Emergency Contraception access survey: A survey of the availability of emergency contraception and the accuracy of information shared about EC at pharmacies across Virginia (Report coming soon! See regional maps of the results of our survey here.)

The generous contributions NPCVF received through last year’s CFC have been vital to the success of our Foundation’s research and educational work – and we hope to get even more support this year!  So if you’re a federal employee, please consider designating the NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Foundation, CFC ID #83291, on your pledge form this year to help us continue and expand our work.

If you’re not a federal employee or your workplace doesn’t participate in one of the campaigns listed above, please share this information with a pro-choice Virginian who is – or you can always make a tax-deductible contribution to support the NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Foundation yourself!

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