"Reproductive freedom should not be seen as a privilege or as a benefit, but a fundamental human right." -- Faye Wattleton, the first African-American and youngest president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America
For years, various reproductive health, rights, and justice nonprofit have been working to ensure that women have the right to be in control of their physical, mental, and social well-being (as defined by the United Nations). Many supporters of this cause believe that women have a right to safe methods of family planning such as abortion services, emergency contraception, and fertility clinics. They believe that reproductive health is an element of one's general health, which is a fundamental human right for all. However, it is important to note that reproductive health has always been a controversial topic in the US.
Recently, Philanthropedia surveyed 134 experts working in the field of reproductive health, rights, and justice, with an average of 19 years of work experience in the field, to identify those nonprofit that were making the biggest positive impact in the field.
Philanthropedia’s experts, including funders, researchers, nonprofit senior staff, and consultants, identified 25 top nonprofits (out of 139 total reviewed nonprofits) making an impact at the national and multi-state level. Below is a graphical representation of who participated in our research. You can also see who our experts were by clicking here.
Which nonprofits were among the top?
National reproductive health, rights, and justice experts were asked to recommend nonprofits that are women’s health service and clinical care providers focused on prevention, cancer screenings, contraception, abortion, gynecology, fertility, etc., as well as advocacy and policy organizations. The nonprofits could focus on sexual health with a particular look at lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) health concerns. Around reproductive rights, the nonprofits might include research, advocacy, litigation, and policy groups. And around reproductive justice, the nonprofits might include empowering the formerly powerless or individuals without a majority voice in this sector, such as younger women, women of color, and so on.
The following is the list of the expert-identified nonprofits best achieving their mission in the sector. Click the link to visit each organizations profile and read expert reviews. Experts have commented on each nonprofit’s impact, other organizational strengths, and how each organization could further improve.
- Guttmacher Institute
- Center for Reproductive Rights
- Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA)
- American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
- National Abortion Federation
- RH Reality Check
- National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
- National Network of Abortion Funds
- Reproductive Health Technologies Project
- Medical Students for Choice (MSFC)
- National Women's Law Center (NWLC)
- Ibis Reproductive Health
- Advocates for Youth
- Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ)
- National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW)
- University of California San Francisco
- Sister Song
- National Women's Health Network Inc. (NWHN)
- NARAL Pro-Choice America
- Forward Together
- Choice USA
- Reproductive Health Access Project (RHAP)
- National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (NCPTP)
- Provide, Inc.
Please check out the profiles of each of these top nonprofits on our website and read the expert reviews here.
I'd love to hear from you! What do you think about the expert opinions? Have you had an experience with one of these nonprofits that you care to share? You can leave your comments below or email me, Jasmine Marrow, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jasmine Marrow is the Manager of Philanthropedia Research at GuideStar. She is charged with leading Philanthropedia’s research efforts. She develops the strategy for continued growth into new causes, refreshing old research , and international expansion. She is also responsible for recruiting and managing interns helping with this effort. Jasmine has her Masters of Public Policy from Mills College in Oakland, Calif., where she also earned her Bachelor’s degree. Prior to her work at Philanthropedia, Jasmine spent time as Communications and Operations Coordinator at Great Oakland Public Schools, an education advocacy nonprofit. At the San Francisco Parks Trust, an urban greening nonprofit, she recruited volunteers, developed membership strategies, and connected with community members building community gardens.