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How Abortion Funds Fill the Gaps and Overcome the Barriers for Access & Care

June 15, 2022

The work to secure access to abortion services is never-ending and happening in multiple capacities across the reproductive rights and justice movement. And while there are several key leaders throughout the movement, a champion on the frontlines of these organizing efforts are the abortion funds assisting pregnant people in accessing the care and support that they need.As the defenders of bodily autonomy fight to provide abortion access across the nation, the work of abortion funds in supporting both services and organizing comes into greater focus. Regardless of the final fate of Roe. v. Wade, it's abundantly clear that philanthropy must do more to provide greater resources to overcome the various obstacles that they face in supporting the health decisions of pregnant people.

Funding the Frontlines: A Roadmap To Supporting Health Equity Through Abortion Access

July 29, 2021

Structural barriers have created a deeply unequal healthcare system that blocks access to abortion care, especially for BIPoC, poor and transgender people.Over 60% of people seeking abortions identify as Black, Hispanic, Asian or Pacific Islander and 75% are low-income. In the United States, 89% of counties have no abortion providers at all, but even geographic proximity doesn't guarantee access when people must choose between healthcare, rent or food. Almost none have services specifically for transgender patients.It does not have to be this way.Reproductive justice envisions a world where everyone can access the safety, resources and services they need. A healthier, safer, and more equitable world means all pregnant people have both the right and the resources to choose what is best for them. Transgender people can access the full range of healthcare services without stigma. The medical precept of "Do No Harm" is taken seriously and crisis pregnancy centers are not allowed to compromise patient health and safety in the name of ideology.If philanthropy is serious about creating this world, then it must play an active, public role in achieving health equity. That includes abortion access for all.Through storytelling, resource links and data collected by NCRP staff and others, this roadmap educates grantmakers on major barriers to abortion access, brings the voices of practitioners, patients and others on the frontlines into the conversation and provides concrete action steps funders can take to support health equity through abortion access.

The Cost of Covid: How the Pandemic Shifted Abortion and the Funds that Guard Patient Access, Rights and Justice

January 28, 2021

In early 2020, NCRP began exploring philanthropy's investment in reproductive justice. Abortion is not the foundation of this broader movement, but there was a clear gap in reproductive justice funding. Since Summer 2020, NCRP has been in conversation with abortion funds around the country about their work and the ways philanthropy has and has not supported them. We hoped to better understand how abortion funds were providing the practical support callers needed and how a shift in funding would benefit their sustainability and capacity.For this fact sheet, we talked to 5 funds located in the Southeast, Northeast, Southwest, Midwest and Northwest. The funds' work includes a range of geographic scope (i.e. serving one state or serving multiple states) and in budgets, from $350,000 to $3 million.

Black Funding Denied: Community Foundation Support for Black Communities

August 1, 2020

In light of the national uprising sparked by the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor (and building on other recent tragic movement moments going back to the 2014 murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri), NCRP is analyzing grantmaking by community foundations across the country to find out exactly how much they are – or are not – investing in Black communities.We started by looking at the latest available grantmaking data (2016-2018) of 25 community foundations (CFs) – from Los Angeles to New Orleans to New York City to St. Paul. These foundations represent a cross section of some of the country's largest community foundations as well as foundations in communities where NCRP has Black-led nonprofit allies.

How National Foundations Can Support State-Level Policy and Civic Engagement: A Q&A With Geri Mannion

May 1, 2016

In this interview, Geri Mannion of Carnegie Corporation of New York shares her thoughts about the biggest challenge facing the country this election year and the role of capacity building in supporting civic engagement. She also offers practical tips for funding state-level efforts to change policy and engage communities.

Families Funding Change: How Social Justice Giving Honors Our Roots and Strengthens Communities

October 5, 2015

In this paper, we offer a snapshot of family philanthropy as it often is practiced to day, including what makes traditional family philanthropy different from other forms. It is our hope that our suggestions will be considered when developing strategy, both by family funders for whom our research rings true, and for those whose experiences differ. A significant reason that social justice grantmaking is a powerful means to bolster impact is that it can be integrated into ongoing work regardless of the point of the path that a specific foundation is on.

Cultivating Nonprofit Leadership: A (Missed?) Philanthropic Opportunity

March 1, 2015

From 2003-2012, the country's top foundations dedicated only 0.8 percent of total grants to nonprofit leadership development. And yet, as shown by recent historic progress around immigration, criminal justice and other social justice movements, we need leaders who are strong, skilled and connected to successfully realize positive, social change.What kind of leadership development do social change-makers need to be successful? How can foundations measure the impact of leadership development? What are the most common barriers to funding such programs and how can we overcome these challenges? What can we learn from foundations that are already supporting transformational leadership development, and from the recipients of such support? This report answers these questions and offers the following recommendations to foundations that wish to invest in the current and future leaders of social justice movements:Begin or increase funding for leadership development.Integrate leadership development with program strategy.Engage with grantees as true partners.Use a culturally inclusive lens.Build capacity that supports leadership development.

Implicit Bias and Native Americans: Philanthropy’s Hidden Minority

January 1, 2015

This factsheet discusses the role of implicit bias in philanthorpy and its impacts on Native Americans. 

The California Endowment: How Can This Leading Health Equity Funder Bolster Its Community Impact?

June 20, 2014

The California Endowment (TCE) is actively moving the needle toward health equity through its support of national health reform, changes in school discipline policies and focused attention on the urgent needs of boys and men of color. Its primary grantmaking strategy, Building Healthy Communities (BHC), funds both statewide policy advocacy and targeted investments in 14 communities across California. By investing in efforts to build community power and also directly engaging in advocacy, TCE exemplifies strategic, social justice philanthropy at its best. However, some of TCE's grantmaking practices limit its grantees' effectiveness. To expand its impact, TCE could provide more general operating support, build nonprofit advocacy capacity and better align the large foundation's many efforts.

The State of General Operating Support 2011

May 22, 2013

In 2011, 1,121 American grantmakers reported $5.9 billion in general operating support, a substantial increase (83 percent) over average core support from 2008-2010. The share of foundation dollars classified as providing this vital type of funding increased from 16 percent to 24 percent. NCRP's "Criteria for Philanthropy at Its Best" encourages grantmakers to provide at least 50 percent of grant dollars for general operating support. Also called "core support," these grants are essential for nonprofits' success: it provides flexible funds that help them respond to unexpected opportunities, builds capacity and leadership development and signals trust between the funder and the grantee.

The State of Giving to Underserved Communities 2011

May 22, 2013

Numbers from "The State of Giving to Underserved Communities 2011" show that there was a slight increase in giving to benefit marginalized groups, broadly defined, such as the economically disadvantaged, racial/ethnic minorities, LGBTQ citizens and others, at 42 percent in 2011 compared to 40 percent average in 2008-2010.

The State of Multi-Year Funding 2011

May 22, 2013

Looking at the 2011 data, "The State of Multi-Year Funding" found that nearly 90 percent of the top U.S. foundations in the sample did not report any multi-year grantmaking in 2011, which is consistent with results from previous years' analyses.