Texas Equal Access Fund

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The Texas Equal Access Fund, also known as the TEA Fund, is an organization that raises funds in order to subsidize abortions for mothers who are low-income, or of an ethnic minority. It is a member organization of the National Network of Abortion Funds.


The Texas Equal Access Fund was co-founded in Jan. 2005 by Gretchen Dyer, Samantha Sewell, Lena Glover, Merritt Tierce, Lulu Beall, and Erin Wackerla.[1]




As at 2008 the following served on the Board:[2]


As at June 4, 2011, the following served on the Board:[4]


To the right is a photo from the Winter 2012 Retreat of the Board of the TEA Fund.[5]

third from left: Jenni Heasman-Beaver, Sulan Chang, rest: unidentified



In Aug. 2014, Nan Little Kirkpatrick took over from Merritt Tierce as executive director.


As at 2008, the following worked for the Fund:[2]


As at 2008, the following were volunteers for the Fund:[2]




Albertson’s, Kroger and Tom Thumb are Texas grocery stores that donate 1% of the purchases of registered TEA Fund members to the TEA Fund:[8]

The banking company Capital One offers a Visa credit card that will contribute 2% of members' grocery/gas purchases and 1% of all other purchases to the TEA Fund.[8]


In 2005, the Lilith Fund entered into a collaborative agreement with Texas Equal Access Fund. Under this agreement, TEA concentrates their financial resources assisting women in the Dallas/Fort Worth and Waco areas while the Lilith Fund focus its resources throughout the rest of the state. In some circumstances, TEA and the Lilith Fund work together to provide collaborative funding for a client.[9]

The Center for Nonprofit Management is affiliated with the TEA Fund.[10]

The Dallas Foundation donated $2,000 to the TEA Fund in 2010.[11]

Abortion Providers

The TEA Fund works with the following abortion businesses and will only subsidize abortions carried out these locations:[12]


The TEA Fund assists paying for abortions for girls as young as 12-years-old.[2]


In 2008, the Fund provided funds for 724 pregnant mothers to obtain an abortion. 47% of these mothers were African American, 19% were Hispanic. 46% of the mothers were between the ages of 12 - 22. 93% of the mothers were unmarried.[2]


In 2010, the TEA Fund provided financial assistance to 1,012 women ($151,000).[13] 2010 was the Fund's first year to fund more than 1,000 women (they funded 914 in 2009). In 2009 a woman received an average grant of $98 from the TEA Fund. In 2010 that number was about $150.[14]

Abortions for Inmates

In 2008, the Lilith Fund, in collaboration with the Texas Equal Access Fund, started the Andrea Project. The goals of the project are to gain a better understanding of incarcerated women’s access to abortion services and then to provide assistance, both in the forms of funding and legal assistance, to women that desire an abortion but do not have the resources to obtain it.[15]


The following are companies that the TEA Fund has paid to perform services.

Southern Hospitality Designs

Southern Hospitality Designs (4321 Simpson Avenue, Cincinnati, OH.) has performed the following services for the TEA Fund:[16]

  • General branding (logo, stationary, business cards)
  • Website design
  • T-shirt design
  • “Reproductive Rights Breakfast” invitation
  • Holiday fund appeal
  • Quarterly report

Haley Elkins

Haley Elkins is a website developer and strategic planner for non-profit and activist organizations. She has worked with the TEA Fund, helping to improve its branding.[17]


  1. Yatedo.fr: Profile on Lena Glover (accessed on April 18, 2012)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 TEA Fund: Impact Report 2008 (accessed on March 13, 2012)
  3. LinkedIn: Samantha Sewell's profile (accessed on Aug. 13, 2012)
  4. TEA Fund Facebook: TEA Fund Board members at the luncheon, June 4, 2011 (accessed on March 13, 2012)
  5. TEA Fund: Board Retreat, Winter 2012, Jan. 19, 2012 (accessed on March 13, 2012)
  6. 6.0 6.1 TEA Fund on Facebook: TEA Fund co-founder/Executive Director (late) Gretchen Dyer and First Bloom Founding Chair Nancy Latner, Feb. 25, 2011 (accessed on March 13, 2012)
  7. TEA Fund: First Bloom 2012 (accessed on April 16, 2012)
  8. 8.0 8.1 TEA Fund: Community Partners (accessed on March 13, 2012)
  9. Lilith Fund: 2005 Annual Report (accessed on March 13, 2012)
  10. Center for Nonprofit Management: Annual Report 2010
  11. The Dallas Foundation: Donor Advised Fund Grants - 2010 (accessed on April 18, 2012)
  12. TEA Fund: Providers (accessed on Aug. 13, 2012)
  13. National Abortion Access Bowl-a-thon: Texas Equal Access Fund (accessed on March 13, 2012)
  14. TEA Fund: TEA Fund Helps Over 1000 Women in 2010, Feb. 13, 2011 (accessed on March 13, 2012)
  15. Lilith Fund: 2008 Annual Report (accessed on March 13, 2012)
  16. Southern Hospitality Designs' Facebook Page: Client List (accessed on April 18, 2012)
  17. HaleyElkins.com (accessed on April 19, 2012)