and Healing Distribution Project
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PROJECT TITLE: Hope and Healing Distribution Project
AMOUNT REQUESTED: [Insert from budget here]
CONTACT PERSON: [Name here]
501(c)3 CORPORATION: [Name here]
Hope and Healing is a 12-page tabloid-sized newspaper insert
designed for low-cost, mass distribution to the general public. It is the
centerpiece of a major new outreach effort to help women and men involved
in past abortions to be reconciled with God and their families. It is designed
Increase awareness of the terrible effects of abortion on both women
and men and thereby reduce the desire for or pressure toward abortion;
Demonstrate how individuals can help their loved ones -- or themselves
-- begin the process of post-abortion healing and reconciliation;
Build up a sense of hope in those who are struggling with a past abortion
that they are not alone and that the joy they will find on the other side
of healing is worth the risk of reaching out for help; and
Promote a more positive image of pro-life Christians by showing that
we have compassion and concern for those who have been involved in abortion.
It is our goal to increase public awareness of post-abortion issues
by distributing XXXX copies of Hope and Healing as a paid advertising
inserts in [name(s) of city, community, or college newspaper(s)].
The total estimated cost for distributing XXXXX copies of Hope and
Healing in the above named newspaper(s) is around $XXXX. A portion
of this will be covered by a matching grant from the Elliot Institute.
The balance, $XXXXX to $XXXXX must be raised by [Name of Your Organization].
Hope and Healing Distribution Project
"Abortion helps women in trouble. Everyone knows it is safe. After an
abortion, you just forget about it, focus on the future, and life will
go on the way it was before."
Paragraph one is a myth. One-hundred percent fable. A complete divorce
But this myth dominates our culture. It shapes our politics, our counseling
services, and the attitudes and advice of our friends and family. It has
even infected our churches and seminaries.
In part, this myth has been cleverly reinforced and spread by abortion
proponents who care less about women than they do about advancing their
agenda for population control or for filling the coffers of the abortion
industry. But even more important, this myth has been protected by shame
and perpetuated by silence.
Millions of women and men have experienced the life-shattering effects
of abortion. They are plagued with unresolved grief and shame. For many,
abortion trauma has caused them to engage in elaborate or even bizarre
patterns of denial, avoidance behavior, and self-destructiveness. Abortion
is linked to low self-esteem, broken and abusive relationships, substance
abuse, chronic depression, nightmares, increased anger and violence, child
abuse, suicide and a host of other psychological problems.
But these problems are veiled by the prevailing myth: "Everyone" knows
abortion is "nothing," so those who cannot repress their emotional pain
feel like "odd balls" -- weak, pathetic fools whom no one can understand
or respect. If they try to share their grief with a "pro-choice" friend,
they will be told to just "forget about it" or to simply "forgive yourself
and get on with life." But forgiving oneself can seem impossible when one's
victim is also one's own child. The prevailing myth denies their pain,
denies the need for or reality of forgiveness, and reinforces their shame
Will post-aborted women and men turn to the myth-deniers, pro-life Christians,
for help? Yes. But not spontaneously. They will not automatically look
to us for help because the prevailing myth of our culture also tells them
that pro-life Christians will revile and condemn them as "baby killers."
This obstacle is in fact an opportunity. It is our opportunity to expose
the myth and draw our culture back onto the Way to Truth. We cannot expect
post-aborted women and men to seek out our post-abortion ministries on
their own initiative. But we can and must reach out to them, consistently
and repeatedly. We must wear our compassion on our sleeves.
We must demonstrate that we understand what they have experienced. We
must show that we truly want to help free them from their guilt and shame,
by demonstrating in word and in deed our Christian love for them.
So how do we reach out to people -- both young and old, male and female
-- who are struggling with a past abortion? How do we let them know that
they are not alone and that they can find healing from their pain?
We believe that we can start the healing process by distributing Hope
and Healing, a new 12-page, tabloid-size newspaper insert..
This medium gives us a low-cost, highly-effective means to reach out to
the millions of women and men who are hurting from abortion. At the same
time, it will help raise public awareness of the devastating effects of
Hope and Healing has been developed by the Elliot Institute,
one of the oldest, most established, and most widely-recognized organizations
dealing with post-abortion research and education. In short, Hope and
Healing does four things:
Hope and Healing also helps to reinforce pro-life beliefs. This
is especially important on college campuses. Polls of incoming college
freshman show that more and more of them are entering college with pro-life
beliefs. However, they often leave college more pro-choice in their philosophies.
By showing that abortion harms women both physically and emotionally, Hope
and Healing reinforces anti-abortion beliefs, while at the same time
demonstrating that compassion for those who have had abortions can and
should be an integral part of the pro-life philosophy.
It teaches people how to respond appropriately to family members, friends,
coworkers, and other people in their lives who have had abortions, and
shows readers how to help them find the help they need;
It reaches out to those who have been involved in an abortion decision
and are now struggling with emotional or psychological pain, and inspires
a sense of hope that they can find understanding and healing through post-abortion
It raises public awareness of post-abortion issues and discourages people
from choosing abortion as a solution to a crisis pregnancy, by pointing
out the physical, emotional, and psychological risks of abortion; and
It conveys a positive, compassionate image of the pro-life movement and
the Church, by demonstrating our love and understanding toward those who
have been involved in abortion.
Distribution on college campuses is important, and may be the most effective
distribution point for deterring abortion. Distribution in community newspapers,
however, may be more effective in stimulating an immediate influx of clients
for post-abortion ministries, since the Elliot Institute's research shows
that on average, most women do not begin to seek post-abortion help until
about eight years after their abortion.
to Participate in Matching Grant Fund
To assist other organizations in distributing Hope and Healing
the Elliot Institute has established a matching grant fund to subsidize
the costs of inserting Hope and Healing in city, community, and
Through this fund, the Elliot Institute is prepared to pay for 50 to
100 percent of the printing costs involved for inserting Hope and Healing
into [name of your target newspaper(s)]. To qualify for this matching
grant, it is [name of your organization]'s responsibility to raise the
funds necessary to cover the newspapers' insertion charges and the shipping
To conserve the matching grant pool of funds, the Elliot Institute requests
that participating organizations should also seek to raise half of the
printing costs, around $20 per thousand. While this additional amount is
not a precondition to participation in this matching grant, preference
in allocating these funds will be given to organizations who accomplish
this goal or can demonstrate a sincere effort to do so.
The allocation of matching funds will be made according to the following
considerations, ranked in order of priority: (1) availability of funds,
(2) ability of the participating organization to pay for a portion (up
to half) of the printing costs, (3) earliest date for distribution, (4)
earliest date of application.
[Name of your organization] has received a preliminary approval of its
request for a matching grant from the Elliot Institute for insertion of
Hope and Healing on [target date or month] in [name of target newspapers].
This allocation will be reserved until [insert reservation date, usually
60 days after approval] at which time [Name of your organization] will
need to be able to guarantee that an amount between $XXXX and $XXXX has
been raised or committed from general operating funds to this project.
The Hope and Healing Distribution Project will benefit students,
the general public, and the organizations participating in our distribution
project in a variety of ways:
Post-abortion trauma is associated with many psychological problems that
have important social consequences. These include substance abuse, eating
disorders, depression, promiscuity, suicide attempts, domestic violence
and child abuse. Hope and Healing may help to mitigate these problems
by helping those who are caught in these destructive cycles to more quickly
find and receive emotional and spiritual healing. These problems may also
be reduced by the effect of deterring abortions which will be brought about
by increasing public awareness of abortion's dangers.
It will deter abortion;
It will increase public awareness of and support for post-abortion ministries,
and attract women and men to post-abortion ministries;
It will inspire friends and family members to encourage their loved ones
to participate in post-abortion healing programs; and
It will provide women and men troubled by a past abortion with materials
they can give to their loved ones who do not understand their pain. This
will help them to prepare their loved ones to better understand their experience
even before it is revealed so they will be better prepared to be supportive.
It will also help them to breaking through the denial and avoidance behavior
of family and friends who encouraged the abortion and do not want to believe
they gave the wrong advice.
In order to evaluate the success of this project, we will track the
response of the students and the community to this publication. We will
collect letters to the editor, news articles, and letters directed to our
organization or to the local sponsor. Crisis pregnancy centers and post-abortion
ministries will be asked to report on any increased calls and requests.
This report will be shared with the Elliot Institute to help improve future
editions of Hope and Healing.
It is our hope that this project will stimulate community interest in
expanding post-abortion ministry programs in our local churches and through
our pregnancy centers. If additional funds are raised, may offer Hope
and Healing at a reduced rate to local churches, schools, or organizations
in a position to distribute them to the local population. Space ads and
radio advertisements may also be employed in future efforts to sustain
and expand this education and outreach effort.
Budget - Hope and Healing Distribution
|Salaries & wages
||Hope & Healing Project Coordinator (200 hrs)
||Project Assistant (600 hrs)
|Fringe benefits & payroll taxes
||6.2% social security + 1.45% medicare
||Telephones, fax, photocopies, incidental postage costs
|Rent & Utilities
||Professional Designer Page Layout and Photo Editing
||Printing costs for XXXX inserts
||Insertion costs for XXXX inserts
||Shipping charges for XXXX inserts
REVENUE & INCOME
|Elliot Institute Contributions
||($13895 + 50% printing costs)
|Additional Elliot Institute Contribution (if necessary)
||(50% printing costs )
|[Name Your Organization]
||(any commitment from general revenue or anticipated from other fund
Unfunded Balance: $CCCC
Grant Amount Requested: $CCCC
Background of the Elliot Institute
The Elliot Institute, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization, was established
in 1988 to promote research and education regarding the negative impact
of abortion on women, men, families and society, and to encourage post-abortion
healing and the defense of the rights of women who have been injured by
abortion. Since 1993 the Elliot Institute has published a quarterly
newsletter, The Post-Abortion Review, which covers current post-abortion
research and other related issues.
The Elliot Institute is governed by three trustees: David W. Mack, M.D.;
Richard Judd, Ph.D.; and David C. Reardon, Ph.D. Dr. Reardon is the director
of the Elliot Institute, and is a biomedical ethicist who has been personally
involved in post-abortion research and education since 1983. The results
of his initial studies were published in Aborted Women, Silent No More
(1987), which in pro-life circles became the most widely read and recommended
book on the aftereffects of abortion. He is widely recognized among post-abortion
ministries and pro-life groups as one of the leading authorities on post-abortion
In his book Making Abortion Rare: A Healing Strategy for A Divided
Nation (1996), Dr. Reardon outlined a comprehensive pastoral, legislative,
and educational strategy for making abortion truly rare. His proposals
have been enthusiastically embraced by many pro-life activists, but most
especially by women and men who have experienced abortion and who are now
joining the pro-life movement or are active in post-abortion ministries.
Pro-life lobbyists in several states are currently working on legislation
based on his proposals.
Amy Sobie, the Project Assistant, is a graduate of Franciscan University
of Steubenville in Steubenville, Ohio, where she studied communications
and human life studies (a program studying the moral, legal, and social
aspects of abortion, euthanasia, medical ethics, and family life.) She
has a background in journalism, including writing, editing, and layout.