National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty - Rachel's Fund

About Rachel's Fund

Rachel’s Fund is a new national campaign designed to encourage and assist the building of connections between NCADP Affiliates and the families of violent crime victims, death row inmates and organizations that serve them.

The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty established Rachel’s Fund in the memory of Rachel King, a leading abolitionist.  Rachel, through her writing and advocacy, sought to create a better understanding of the needs of families of murder victims and families of people on death row. It's Rachel’s vision of communities coming together to promote healing and to change public policy on the death penalty that Rachel’s Fund is intended to promote.

Rachel's Fund Program provides support and technical assistance to NCADP Affiliates in creating Rachel's Fund Committees. This structure provides a forum for NCADP affiliates to reach out to organizations providing services to families of murder victims and to organizations providing services to families of prisoners on death row.  Rachel's Fund Program also helps NCADP Affiliates raise money to support the work of the Rachel's Fund Committees through the "Race to Heal Initiative" using modern online fundraising tools.

In recognizing the common bond of suffering shared by family members in the aftermath of violent crime and homicide, Rachel’s Fund seeks to bring abolitionists and survivors of violent crime together to be a part of the solution.

Partners in this effort include the United Methodist Church, the National Association of Social Workers, Journey of Hope, Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation, California Crime Victims for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, and the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women.

Today, we ask you to join the Champion’s Circle and commit to raising or giving $1,000. Please contact Chris Rutledge at 202-331-4090 or with any questions.


Thirty years ago, NCADP was founded to respond to the reintroduction of the death penalty in America. At the time, it had as its goals public education on the death penalty, protest and opposition to its practice and building a network of concerned organizations and individuals dedicated to opposing it. This network is the lasting legacy of NCADP’s early work. Today, NCADP utilizes it as the driving force against capital punishment in this country. NCADP has been proud to be a national leader in the abolition movement and to work to fulfill our mission: To abolish the death penalty in the United States and support efforts to abolish the death penalty worldwide.