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Jasmine Marrow

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For Women’s History Month, Philanthropedia Celebrates 6 Top Women’s Issues Nonprofits

Violence against women and girls is a human rights violation, public health epidemic, and major barrier to solving global challenges such as extreme poverty, HIV/AIDS, and famine. According to the United Nations, up to seventy percent of women experience some form of violence in their lifetime. Although methods vary, violence against women has always been, and continues to be, a global epidemic that knows no national or cultural barriers. The most prevalent forms of violence are rape and domestic abuse. However, practices such as female infanticide, acid throwing, dowry deaths, bride burnings, and honor killings are still widely performed around the globe today.

While the physical effects of violence are devastating in their own right, the emotional and psychological toll is even more detrimental. But violence against women and girls is not inevitable. Prevention is possible and essential.

Philanthropedia Research Results: 18 Top Bay Area Nonprofits Working in Climate Change


Climate change is a terrible problem, and it absolutely needs to be solved. It deserves to be a huge priority.  --Bill Gates

New Rankings: Top 16 Nonprofits Working in the Field of People with Disabilities

Collectively, people with disabilities constitute the nation’s largest minority group, and the only minority group of which any of us can become a member at any time. What’s more, people with disabilities are among the most marginalized groups in the world.

-- Disability Funders Network

Top 18 Childhood Health & Nutrition Nonprofits Identified by the Experts

New! 16 High-Impact Workforce Development Nonprofits Identified by Experts

"Over the next 20 years, the U.S. must address an aging labor force, a need for highly trained workers who can compete globally, and increasing numbers of low-income working families struggling to climb the economic ladder." -- Annie E. Casey Foundation in the 2005 paper, Building Family Economic Success: Workforce Development.

The Experts Weigh-In: 20 Top Nonprofits Providing Educational Support for At-Risk Youth in Minnesota Identified

Across the nation, poor education and career outcomes for low income youth and youth of color paint a clear picture of the often mentioned achievement gap and opportunity gap. In Minnesota, the trend is no different. Since 2006, the achievement gap has increased by 10 percentage points in high school math between white and Hispanic students and between white and black students on the annual state test. (Minnesota 2020)

New Rankings Announced: Top 25 National Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Nonprofits

"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.

  1. Guttmacher Institute
  2. Center for Reproductive Rights
  3. Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA)
  4. American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
  5. National Abortion Federation
  6. RH Reality Check
  7. National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
  8. National Network of Abortion Funds
  9. Reproductive Health Technologies Project
  10. Medical Students for Choice (MSFC)
  11. National Women's Law Center (NWLC)
  12. Ibis Reproductive Health
  13. Ipas
  14. Advocates for Youth
  15. Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ)
  16. National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW)
  17. University of California San Francisco
  18. Sister Song
  19. National Women's Health Network Inc. (NWHN)
  20. NARAL Pro-Choice America
  21. Forward Together
  22. Choice USA
  23. Reproductive Health Access Project (RHAP)
  24. National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (NCPTP)
  25. 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

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.

Research Reveals LGBT Nonprofits Making a Big Difference Nationally and Locally

“Burst down those closet doors once and for all, and stand up and start to fight.” Harvey Milk

Research Reveals Strong Bay Area Nonprofits working in Education and Arts and Culture

“Education is a precondition to survival in America today.” Marian Wright Edelman

16 Top Nonprofits Fighting Bay Area Homelessness Named by 100 Experts

The following is a post by Jasmine Marrow, GuideStar’s manager of philanthropic research.