Non-Ranked Nonprofit Reviews: National Reproductive Health, Rights, & Justice 2010

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Reproductive freedom should not be seen as a privilege or as a benefit, but a fundamental human right.-Faye Wattleton
Reproductive freedom should not be seen as a privilege or as a benefit, but a fundamental human right.-Faye Wattleton

This is the complete list of all non-ranked nonprofits reviewed by our experts. We do not have enough information at this time to recommend these organizations, but have provided you with the complete expert reviews to learn more.


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The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy (8 recommendations) The National Campaign has been a leader at keeping the national conversation fresh and responding to the direction of the field.
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
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http://www.thenationalcampaign.org/

Evidence of Impact

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The National Campaign has been a leader at keeping the national conversation fresh and responding to the direction of the field.
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They have thoughtful analysis, great leadership, and the ear of policy makers.
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The Campaign has been a leading voice over the past 15 years in bringing the problem of teen pregnancy to the front of national attention. They have been credited by many with significant influence in securing the recent $100 million in new Federal funds for evidence based teen pregnancy prevention programs. The Campaign has also had considerable success in weaving constructive messages about teen pregnancy into entertainment media -- for example, through the MTV show 16 and pregnant.
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They are more effective than any group I know in getting language and funding in federal appropriations bills. They consistently deliver in helping to craft -- at a detailed level and working with staff -- productive authorization bills. They also have a multi-faceted outfit that goes into the field and identifies model adult/teen communication around sex, etc.
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Their impact has been to facilitate local organizations in reducing teen pregnancy.
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They have excellent resources via website. They sponsor research and publications. Their implementation of education and advocacy to raise awareness of the issue of teen pregnancy and implementation of programs to reduce the incidence are top-notch.
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The expansion into prevention of unintended pregnancy is so critical to the abortion debate - this is the topic that should bring both sides together to support some very real solutions to unintended pregnancy.
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The National Campaign is able to conduct and disseminate invaluable research and other information relating to reproductive health (particularly pregnancy and parenting issues for teen and young women, as well as their partners).

Organizational Strengths

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They have excellent leadership.
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Their bipartisan Board makes a huge difference. They also have a strong analytic staff that has been tracking and advocating for sound reproductive policy.
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The National Campaign's CEO is one of the strongest in the field. Their operations and finances are quite strong. They have a uniquely strong and well connected board and group of advisors which they engage to great benefit.
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They are a mature organization, but one that does not rest comfortably on their laurels. They stretch themselves all the time to grow and figure out their new vision. Their leadership (Sarah Brown, Andrea Kane) are veterans with amazing intellect and hubris.
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They have a large budget.
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Their staff leadership is great, especially Sarah Brown. Their inclusion of other organizations is very good.
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Leadership and staff are hallmark indicators and, combined with building "unlikely" partnerships, demonstrate how much in common we share sometimes.
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They are extremely well funded, which means they have the capacity to make significant impact nationwide. Their leadership team of Sarah Brown and Bill Albert is extremely effective and they have a very talented, committed staff. In particular, their focus of staffing resources in media and social marketing is invaluable for reaching their target populations.

Areas for Improvement

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Their bipartisan board is an asset but they have stayed away from abortion which is a key reproductive issue.
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The National Campaign, like many nonprofits in the field, is relatively dependent on foundation funding. This makes them vulnerable over the long term although they do have some government funding, which makes them more stable than many advocacy groups.
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They take on so much that sometimes they would benefit from narrowing their agenda.
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They could develop more sensitivity to states.
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They should expand their work in identifying "proven to be effective" program models.
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Clone Sarah so she can be in more places at the same time.
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They are often seen in the field as being a bit more conservative due to their connections with folks representing abstinence-only-until-marriage programs -- although some see their ability to navigate both sides of the educational intervention debate wise. Depends on who's asked!
Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program (7 recommendations) They organize an annual Reproductive Justice conference that draws an incredibly diverse population and demonstrates the connections between reproductive justice and every other imaginable issue. It is a great training ground for activists.
Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program

http://www.clpp.hampshire.edu

Evidence of Impact

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They organize an annual Reproductive Justice conference that draws an incredibly diverse population and demonstrates the connections between reproductive justice and every other imaginable issue. It is a great training ground for activists.
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Each year, in the Northeast of the United States, the Civil Liberties and Public Policy (CLPP) program at Hampshire College holds a conference designed to bring in, inspire, and support a new group of young people dedicated to advancing reproductive justice. For the last 24 years, the CLPP has sponsored this annual conference, providing a vital source of education and inspiration for a new generation of reproductive justice activism. From this conference and through the CLPP's paid summer internship program that enables college students to work in reproductive rights organizations, a new generation of students committed to a broad understanding of reproductive justice has emerged. Brilliant legal work is still needed but after 37 years of struggle it is clear that we will not preserve the right to choose unless there is a new generation of activists who can become part of a politically effective movement.
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CLPP trains young people to be reproductive justice leaders, places them in movement positions, and provides strong reproductive justice vision.
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CLPP has trains and supports dozens of young activists every year, providing probably the best supported reproductive/social justice internship program in the country. Their yearly Abortion Rights to Social Justice conference also brings activists from around the country on a variety of intersecting issues. It's hard to quantify movement building and leadership development, but I don't know of an organization in the RJ/RH/RR movement that does it better.
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I have been impressed with the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program at Hampshire College, its support of a broad range of grassroots organizations and interrelated issues, and its cultivation of the next generation of advocates through its Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps internship program.
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I don't know anyone for four generations doing work in repro health, rights, justice, whose work has not been touched by CLPP and their annual conference. Precisely because it is a cross/multi-issue, cross/multi-constituency, cross/multi-methodology space, it promotes the best of what is to coalesce with the best of what's to come. No foundation convening could ever do it as well. The impact is unknowable (and please, let it not be subsumed into the current funder evaluation industrial complex!) but invaluable.
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CLPP has turned reproductive justice organizing into an art form. Their impressive array of organizational representatives is never ending. The relationships they build with young non-profit staff people at reproductive justice organizations last forever and they inspire us to continue working on the important issues that brought us to this movement to begin with.

Organizational Strengths

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This is a stable, well managed organization that links academia with activism, shares its strengths with others, and stands as a compelling model that should be replicated.
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The leadership is very influential in the movement. They are always strong advocates for movement-wide collaboration and for strengthening the voices of women who have been marginalized.
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CLPP has great staff that are incredibly attentive to the needs of the young people and activists they work with. They strive to make their programs open and accessible to all and also to responsibly promote diversity within the movement they work to build.
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I think the staff and leadership are remarkable, but perhaps what makes it shine more than that is the sum of people involved at different levels, with no box model imposed.
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The New Leaders Networking Imitative is so crucial to this movement -- and it just does such important work. NLNI allows young pro-choice organizers to connect with peers across the movement and country. CLPP also hires young people to be the voice of the movement and is very strategic in their relationship building efforts.

Areas for Improvement

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I am not sure this necessarily applies to this program that is open nationally but operates mostly regionally in the Northeast..., but what is clear is that it should be replicated in other parts of the country. For too long the activist potential of women in red states like Oklahoma has not been effectively encouraged, nurtured, or sustained. Many mainstream organizations wrongly believe that it is a waste of resources to invest in states where right-wing and fundamentalist ideologies prevail. But writers, researchers, teachers and activists in these states know that there are plenty of women, especially young women, who have the potential to become effective grassroots and state based leaders for reproductive justice. It isn't that the young people in these states all reject pro-choice or reproductive justice position. On the contrary, often they are only exposed to anti-abortion and right-wing messages and when life circumstances, such as unplanned pregnancies, occur to put them at odds with such messaging they actively look for different perspectives but can't find them. CLPP should encourage similar programs -- particularly in the "red" states.
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The organization could become more national and could involve more young people outside the college setting.
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The organization seems unnecessarily vertically structured and would likely benefit from line staff being given more flexibility and power.
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I'm not sure the goal should be to improve CLPP as a "nonprofit." I think it is a unique part of the movement and to try to box it in in terms of measuring impact would in some ways disallow some of the best and most important aspects of a movement.
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I wish they paid their staff more and were a bit more mainstream. They sometimes appear very "fringe."
Exhale: an After-Abortion Counseling Talkline (7 recommendations) Using extensively trained volunteers, Exhale operates the only after-abortion talk line of its kind in the country - providing a place where women can receive non-judgmental counseling relating to their abortion.
Exhale: an After-Abortion Counseling Talkline

http://www.4exhale.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Using extensively trained volunteers, Exhale operates the only after-abortion talk line of its kind in the country - providing a place where women can receive non-judgmental counseling relating to their abortion.
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Exhale's post-abortion, non-judgmental talk line has given them the credibility to do great media work aimed at de-stigmatizing abortion. They have had concrete results -- a Fox news anchor acknowledging how common abortion is, a Glamour article profiling women who have had abortions.... In the long term, the more women who receive post-abortion counseling and support, the more they will talk about their experience, adding the woman's perspective to the debate. Finally, we in the reproductive health, rights, and justice world really ought to take care of women who have had abortions! Not only is the right thing to do, but not doing so opens us up to losing these women to the other side, which stands ready to shower them with attention (even if it is patronizing and manipulative).
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In its first decade of existence, Exhale went from being a local talk line to being a national organization that has made a significant impact on standards of abortion care, advocacy, and even how abortion is talked about in the pro-choice movement. Whereas the movement in general tended to silence voices of women who struggled after an abortion, Exhale has successfully developed a "pro-voice" stance.
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No other agency is doing the work of Exhale. They have a unique niche and are challenging the pro-life/pro-choice dichotomy. Everyone I know that has used their talk line has found it both supportive and informative.
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Exhale has helped "detoxify" the abortion debate, offers a way to engage younger women who feel left out by standard pro-choice rhetoric, and provides a much needed counseling service. It is now re-invigorating the voices of women who have had abortions as real, complex human beings -- who may have mixed feelings about their abortion but who certainly cannot fairly or rationally be described as "killers" or "murderers."
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Exhale is an amazing organization and the only organization providing a voice for women's unique experiences with abortion services. They have reached thousands of women through their multi-lingual chat line and online services who have nowhere else to express their feelings and share their experiences.
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The Pro-Voice paper, "Can Listening to Women Who Have Had Abortions Bring Peace to the Abortion Wars?" is hopefully a sentiental project that begins the long road to peace in the movement. Aspen Baker has been on an amazing journey, invited others to join, and is now ready to step up into the big league - if the "players" will let her in.

Organizational Strengths

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Aspen Baker is a young, standout executive director. Through her persistence and outstanding media and speaking skills, she has helped to mainstream an approach to abortion services that acknowledges the diversity of women's experiences with abortion and thus increases a sense of empathy toward all women who have abortions.
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Aspen is a thoughtful, strong leader who embodies her organization's values and mission. She did a fantastic job taking calls from a wide variety of women who called in to NPR with their abortion stories... especially compared to the more-judgmental counselor who was on the show with her (as an example). Another strength of the organization is their use of volunteers. The talk line is staffed by a huge cadre of volunteers. Exhale's budget is ... $350/year or $450/year (sorry, I don't remember -- but either way it is very small compared to their reach and impact).
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I am particularly impressed with the ways that Exhale's leadership developed early on (and continues to improve and share) a thorough training program for their volunteers. Moreover, they seem to be doing all the right things when it comes to strategic planning and visioning, such that they actually achieve what they envision.
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Aspen Baker is a phenomenal leader. She is willing to say what needs to be said and is unafraid to challenge the status quo in "reproductive rights" (aka Planned Parenthood and other mainstream abortion providers). I like that Exhale has allies on all sides of the "issue" and is building a movement. They do a nice job marketing and engaging people in conversations on their experience.
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This non-profit is young, energetic, creative, and able to take advantage of social marketing and new media.
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Aspen Baker, the Executive Director and Founder, is a force to contend with. Uncompromising in the organizational goals, she is clear about Exhale's mission, advocacy, and place in the field.
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Aspen Baker's journey to leadership is cutting-edge -- often a lonely and solitary road, but one that I believe can help chart a course to a more sane future so that all women have the ultimate dignity and respect they deserve. Behind Aspen is a dedicated, committed core of hotline volunteers that demonstrate women's experiences matter and as an unintended consequence, what they hear can be the answer to the "abortion war."

Areas for Improvement

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The only thing holding them back is a lack of resources. Because this is an unusual organization, Exhale doesn't fit into a lot of foundation guidelines and fundraising is more challenging than it should be. A small amount of money could make a big difference in enabling Exhale to do even more.
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Financial stability is an issue. They are working on setting up fee for service with referring abortion providers, like Planned Parenthood. This, or some other steady source of funding, is important to keeping them active in the near and far future.
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I would love to see Exhale making a national impact in a big way: through news shows, talk shows (Oprah, Ellen), major editorials, etc.
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They need more visibility or presence nationally. They shouldn't sell themselves as too small.
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I know that it would be great if this group also could handle calls regarding other aspects of reproductive decision-making but given its mission that might not be appropriate for this group. This group will also have to be careful to maintain high quality, unbiased counseling.
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They need to grow! The staff needs to be larger and more diverse in order to achieve more impact in the field.
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The organization needs more core support funding and funding to actually carry out the conflict resolution project.
Ibis Reproductive Health (6 recommendations) Ibis does creative research on reproductive health. They go in more depth on more controversial topics than Guttmacher.
Ibis Reproductive Health
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http://www.ibisreproductivehealth.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Ibis does creative research on reproductive health. They go in more depth on more controversial topics than Guttmacher.
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They make a difference in controversial and pioneering fields, where others are not yet working. They effectively combine research, policy and advocacy.
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Ibis researchers have been involved in cutting edge research on reproductive health issues both domestically and internationally. Their research is widely publicized in the news, including in recent NY Times articles. It addresses current topics of policy interest, for example, the impact of health care reform on access to reproductive health services.
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They do innovative, problem solving research.
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Their research is cutting edge and looks at issues no one else is doing. For example, they are evaluating OTC oral contraception and self-use of misoprostol to induce abortion in Latina woman.
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They have significantly contributed to the advancement of clinical knowledge that makes medication abortion more easily provided by a broader range of clinicians/settings. They have similarly developed knowledge in other areas that have direct application to advocacy and activist work to improve access to and quality of reproductive health care services.

Organizational Strengths

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Ibis has several creative thinkers. I don't get the impression that all ideas originate at the top.
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They have strong leadership, staff, and research.
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They need a strong effort to translate research findings so they can be useful to advocacy and policy audiences.
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I think they have a reputation for quality and integrity in their research.
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They are based in SF, Boston, and South Africa. Angel Foster and Dan Grossman are both brilliant.
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It has talented staff and leadership, a clear vision for the kind of role it can play in the field (producing relevant research), and a strong collaborative culture.

Areas for Improvement

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Ibis could grow larger.
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It is a very small organization that would have a greater impact if it could grow.
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In some instances, staff and resources have seemed spread too thin - sometimes stretching beyond where they have expertise and into areas (i.e. project management/operations) where, as people who are principally researchers, they have less experience.
Medical Students for Choice (6 recommendations) It is imperative to work with and within the medical community. Most doctors and many public health professionals are not aware of the impact of politics within the field of reproductive health. The issues of gender specific health care, reproductive health care, legal aspects to this care, professional training opportunities for abortion providers, and now more regarding unnecessary c-sections, women and HIV/AIDS, etc all involve politics. Health care reform will now need to be added to ensure that comprehensive repro health is provided to all women.
Medical Students for Choice
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http://www.ms4c.org/

Evidence of Impact

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It is imperative to work with and within the medical community. Most doctors and many public health professionals are not aware of the impact of politics within the field of reproductive health. The issues of gender specific health care, reproductive health care, legal aspects to this care, professional training opportunities for abortion providers, and now more regarding unnecessary c-sections, women and HIV/AIDS, etc all involve politics. Health care reform will now need to be added to ensure that comprehensive repro health is provided to all women.
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Their changes in curriculum and training of providers are impactful.
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They are characterized by tremendous activism to train the next generation of abortion providers -- changing medical school curricula, researching to improve how family planning issues are addressed, and recognizing that the threat of access to abortion comes largely from the dearth of abortion providers especially in the current generation. They have excellent resources for medical students at the academic level and to help them make decisions about residency programs. They organize conferences which impact medical students.
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This organization has had a profound impact in helping medical students understand the importance of safe, legal abortion. They have raised consciousness throughout the country about the importance of abortion and contraception in medical school curricula.
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MSFC has introduced thousands of medical students to the issues surrounding abortion rights and care for almost 20 years. This has helped to legitimize abortion care, improve abortion and contraception education in medical schools and residencies, and increase the number of providers willing to provide this important service to women.
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They created a presence on many campuses, providing a venue for young, interested medical students to get connected to a movement and potentially a career.

Organizational Strengths

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I have not spoken to staff here for several years but Noyes funded them for a long time. They seemed to provide a lot of work nationally and some internationally around these issues. More staff, more research, more diversity was needed. They also have always maintained way too low of a profile, they need to been seen and heard more.
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Their very well organized leadership is comprised of committed people.
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Their outreach to schools in areas of the country that are typically anti-choice and their member dedication are key strengths.
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One strength is the vision of the founder, Jody Steinauer, which allows for medical students to be involved in the direction of the organization. Another strength is internships that MSFC helps arrange and fund for interested students to work in an abortion clinic and get exposure to abortion care, even if they are not getting the education they should in their medical school.
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Their leadership is stable and strong. They have strong appeal with older providers and are willing to mentor new providers.

Areas for Improvement

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They need more visibility and more work with other health professionals working on reproductive health and rights from a medical/health professional lens. I can also include here the need to strengthen other groups such as National Abortion Federation, Law Students for Choice, Planned Parenthood Federation, National Network of Abortion Funds.
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There is lots of turn over, given the nature of involving students who move on.
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A low rate of residents actually become abortion providers due to the many obstacles they face. This needs further attention.
National Women's Law Center (6 recommendations) They set the gold standard inside the beltway for policy and law on reproductive health and on other women's rights issues.
National Women's Law Center
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http://www.nwlc.org/

Evidence of Impact

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They set the gold standard inside the beltway for policy and law on reproductive health and on other women's rights issues.
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NWLC has made major contributions to public policy related to women and girls in areas such as education, employment, family economic security, health and reproductive health rights, and insurance discrimination against women. The organization's contribution to health care reform was significant, especially in relation to ending gender discrimination, pre-existing conditions, and other negative insurance industry practices that hurt women and families.
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Its analysis and reports were essential in shaping strong women's health provisions in health care reform legislation.
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They possess the ability to influence policy related to women's health, specifically in health reform.
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They have the fantastic ability to reach and influence high level policy makers.
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NWLC has been strategic and successful in focusing on specific issues such as "conscience" hospital mergers and state laws relating to abortion.

Organizational Strengths

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Marcia Greenberger and Duffy Campbell, the co-presidents, are highly regarded agents of change. They have built a huge grass-tops following around the country.
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Staff leaders, including co-presidents Nancy Duff Campbell and Marcia D. Greenberger, as well as Judy Waxman, VP for Health and Reproductive Rights, are vital assets to the organization. Its ability to form broad coalitions to support public policy and advocacy efforts on behalf of women and girls is excellent.
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It has outstanding staff, is well-connected in Washington, and well-connected with other non-profit organizations.
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They have a very strong and smart staff, a strong organizational brand with a lot of credibility, and the ability to meld research and policy.
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They have strong leadership and expertise at multiple levels.
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Strengths of the organization include a strong president doing the health work; a strong and effective VP, Judy Waxman; successful fundraising; and a long-standing network in DC to get things done.

Areas for Improvement

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As with other groups, they are on the web and trying to get press but in both arenas could probably do better.
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It should expand efforts to foster collaboration among the reproductive health, justice, and women's rights communities and the childbirth community.
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They are much stronger on advocating for access than for addressing crucial quality limitations. They are stronger in the constellation of abortion rights/contraception/sexual health topics than in childbearing issues.
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They could benefit from more cross sector work between their women's health, women's education, and child care teams to promote reproductive health.
O
I think that sometimes the leadership of this organization can be slightly resistant to new ideas from other organizations. While they are definitely team players, they could be more open to new ideas from younger leadership outside the organization, especially around messaging.
Our Bodies Ourselves (6 recommendations) Formerly known as the Boston Women's Health Book Collective, Our Bodies Ourselves (OBOS) is known for having changed women's relationship with their bodies, the medical system, and health providers since the mid-1970s.
Our Bodies Ourselves
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http://www.ourbodiesourselves.or

Evidence of Impact

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Formerly known as the Boston Women's Health Book Collective, Our Bodies Ourselves (OBOS) is known for having changed women's relationship with their bodies, the medical system, and health providers since the mid-1970s.
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OBOS is the global leader in disseminating culturally-appropriate, user-friendly, woman-centered, feminist health information.
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Provides some of the best information about reproductive and sexual health to women around the country.
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OBOS have led in the field for over 30 years. It was and continues to be the women's reproductive health source of empowerment.
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They have had worldwide impact with the original book and the dozens of adaptations created in different countries. The book empowers women with knowledge; the creation of new versions of the book creates grassroots women's health groups who can go on to become forces for advocacy; and the worldwide networking creates global connections.
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OBOS has a broad, deep, and long track record of educating women in the US and around the world in basic information about their bodies and reproductive/sexual health.

Organizational Strengths

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Their emphasis on information sharing -- originally through books and now through electronic media and other means as well -- is extraordinary.
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OBOS defines an important place on the left of the political spectrum and has done valuable work reaching out across the globe to new women in emerging nations.
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A main strength is its leadership. In this past two years, it has also reinvented itself in its leadership, board involvement, and finances.
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Their leadership is a great strength -- Judy Norsigian is a charismatic speaker, who inspires many women to re-claim their bodies as their own. She's also the world's best networker! The other strength of the organization is their initial genius to create a book written by women about women. It's iconic.
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The current executive director, a recognized expert who is networked to advocates at the highest levels and at the grassroots level, is a huge strength. The brand is very effective. Lastly, the mode of influence -- commercial publishing -- is a big plus.

Areas for Improvement

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This group started as -- and stayed -- a true "collective" for many years. Only relatively recently have they changed to a structure with an executive director. They are in a transition period with the long-time member and current director, Judy Norsigian, working to transfer leadership responsibility to a new generation. They need all the support they can get for that institutional transition, as well as for their programs.
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The issue for all non-profits is to stay focused on their core values and mission. This group has/had a tendency to take on all issues.
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They would do well to work on succession planning and financial sustainability.
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They could use a stronger board of directors and strategic planning for organizational sustainability through a better articulated organizational niche.
Rebecca Project for Human Rights (6 recommendations) The Rebecca Project has had more concrete impacts on improving the lives of vulnerable women than almost any organization I can think of. After successfully winning a ban on the egregious practice of shackling pregnant women during labor and delivery in the federal prison system, they turned to the states and have ended bans in even tough-on-crime states like Texas. In addition, they have successfully advocated for increased resources to support family treatment for women who have been incarcerated for substance abuse. I am truly amazed at what this organization with a small staff and modest budget has done in such a short time, and during a time when proactive policy victories felt nearly impossible.
Rebecca Project for Human Rights

http://www.rebeccaproject.org/

Evidence of Impact

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The Rebecca Project has had more concrete impacts on improving the lives of vulnerable women than almost any organization I can think of. After successfully winning a ban on the egregious practice of shackling pregnant women during labor and delivery in the federal prison system, they turned to the states and have ended bans in even tough-on-crime states like Texas. In addition, they have successfully advocated for increased resources to support family treatment for women who have been incarcerated for substance abuse. I am truly amazed at what this organization with a small staff and modest budget has done in such a short time, and during a time when proactive policy victories felt nearly impossible.
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The Rebecca Project is winning the fight against the shackling of pregnant women in prison through an innovative organizational model. They are also successfully using the human rights framework in gaining policy wins domestically.
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The Rebecca Project for Human Rights has extraordinary impact changing policies as they relate to drug-addicted and incarcerated women and humanizing these women in the public eye.
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The Rebecca Project has positioned itself as a leading women of color group in DC working on the reproductive rights of incarcerated women and women in recovery. They are one of the organizations that is making a lasting impact in terms of bringing women most affected into the movement through leadership development. They are also realizing lasting victories in the policy arena around the shackling of women.
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They have managed to develop and pass policies that will bring dignity to women -- also mothers -- in prison by allowing them to have a labor that is free from shackles. They have the ability to bring voice to the most marginalized women -- those in prison -- within a very unfriendly political landscape.
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This organization has made federal policy change around restricting the practice of shackling incarcerated women during birth. They have created and led coalitions on a national and regional level to shift policies state-wide around this issue. At the center of their advocacy is their work and commitment to mothers who are/have been incarnated.

Organizational Strengths

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The Executive Director of the Rebecca Project, Malika Saada Saar, is charismatic, compelling, and visionary. She has developed and nurtured a staff of formerly incarcerated women who are their own advocates.
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They have strong leadership, an innovative organizational structure, and great communications ability. They stay focused on their issue.
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The leadership of this organization is remarkable as it is made up of very, very smart, analytic, and strategic thinkers who are very focused on their goal and know how to achieve it. Their mission and strategies are clear.
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I would say that both Imani Walker and Malika Saada Sar are the reason for the phenomenal growth of this organization. They successfully bring their lived experiences to the work and, through that, are bringing other women along to help make organizational impact. They are helping women of color have a sense of agency.
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Their policy and communications are key strengths.
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The co-directors provide much needed leadership for this constituency and they are a model for how to create federal policy change around these critical and egregious reproductive issues that would otherwise remain hidden and invisible.

Areas for Improvement

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A state-by-state strategy is challenging and extremely resource intensive. I am not sure if there is a way to end shackling in prisons and jails without going state by state, but I wonder whether there is some way of making this more of a national conversation.
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I believe this organization has a well-established and effective practice of operation and it needs to grow. There are always challenges with growth and I expect they would need additional technical assistance to manage it.
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From the outside looking in, the Rebeca Project could benefit from additional resources to further expand their impact. They appear to be a small staff making significant impact but I don't know how long this can be sustained. Like many women of color-led groups, they need support to increase staffing capacity, strategic communications, policy efforts, and fundraising.
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They do not have enough partnership with other reproductive justice organizations.
California Latinas for Reproductive Justice (5 recommendations) The development of an Alliance-Building Organizations Network evaluation tool has been a great contribution. They run influential campaigns, including "Health and Justice Now!" and "Demand Dignity." They strengthen coalitions for women of color on reproductive rights.
California Latinas for Reproductive Justice

http://www.californialatinas.org

Evidence of Impact

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The development of an Alliance-Building Organizations Network evaluation tool has been a great contribution. They run influential campaigns, including "Health and Justice Now!" and "Demand Dignity." They strengthen coalitions for women of color on reproductive rights.
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CLRJ is a young organization that has elevated the voice of Latinas and helped the movement rethink how to engage a constituency that has not been reached through traditional reproductive health and rights groups. As a coalition, it has connected groups from around the state and brought together leaders to voice their perspective to a broader CA constituency.
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I think this scrappy, relatively-new group here in CA has been very thoughtful and strategic in their work. They are doing research, reaching out to policy makers and putting the issue of reproductive health for Latinas on the map here in CA. They have been very involved in the CA initiative issues around parental consent for abortion and have raised many good issues regarding how the issues might differ for women of color.
N
Their work has resulted in policy change around comprehensive sexuality education at the state level. They have a strong record of integrating the Latina/o community into policy change. They are able to build strong alliances that result in policy change.
N
In a very short amount of time, CLRJ has effectively transformed understanding and awareness about Latinas and reproductive health and justice issues in California. It has mobilized Latinas as leaders throughout the state.

Organizational Strengths

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Their first strength is their communications on women of color RJ issues as they have published numerous briefs, opeds, etc. Second, their Policy Advocacy training and efforts are very well done. Lastly, the leadership is comprised of reputable experts in the field.
F
CLRJ's leadership is strong and thoughtful. They have positioned themselves as a player in the statewide RR/RH/RJ movement.
R
I've been extremely impressed with their staff -- particularly Rocio Cordoba, their executive director. They are getting a name for themselves in CA circles.
N
Their executive director is an exceptional leader and the staff provides leadership for the reproductive justice policy field in California.
N
CLRJ has extremely effective leadership, grassroots organizing strategies, and policy advocacy. CLRJ has effectively mobilized a community towards an issue that no one thought possible and has had real results.

Areas for Improvement

F
The organization needs to maintain its focus. It has grown fast in a short time and taken on a leadership role in many issue areas. This is a strength in many ways and also can be an area to improve in.
F
CLRJ would benefit from deeper connections in less urban areas of the state in order to understand how to translate their work to rural, more politically conservative audiences.
R
They are a small group and probably could use more support to build their infrastructure.
N
The organization needs to grow its individual donor fundraising base to keep pace with its foundation support. Community-based fundraising from California Latinas will most likely represent some cultural challenges and they will have to fight some stereotypes but this organization is certainly the one to lead the way and show everyone else how it's done.
Catholics for Choice (5 recommendations) Catholics for Choice provides the most effective counter to the Catholic Church's attacks on abortion, contraception, sex ed, and stem cell research.
Catholics for Choice
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http://www.catholicsforchoice.org

Evidence of Impact

R
Catholics for Choice provides the most effective counter to the Catholic Church's attacks on abortion, contraception, sex ed, and stem cell research.
N
CFC's programs, in my opinion, deal with core issues related to reproductive health and justice. Their programs do not just apply to Catholics. For example, their pamphlet on conscience clauses is the most comprehensive and thorough discussion on this topic I have ever seen. I have shared it with many colleagues who are confronted with this issue. CFC is not afraid of taking on controversial topics such as discussing the value of a fetus in the context of discussing the value of women's lives. Their other materials are stellar. Their campaigns, such as "Catholics for Condoms," bring out issues that challenge people to think about what is just and practical in our world today.
N
Incredible campaign to raise awareness of the absurdity of the Church position on condoms. Effective communication of shared issues around abortion legalization around the world. They produce an excellent publication ("Conscience").
N
As with RCRC, CFC brings a voice to the movement that wouldn't otherwise exist. They have been especially effective in their public education and polling Catholics and their views on reproductive issues.
O
They have a unique perspective, working to mobilize against Catholic leadership by highlighting more liberal views of most Catholics. They are a strong ally in work to reclaim "moral high ground" now staked out by religious conservatives.

Organizational Strengths

R
CFC's magazine, "Conscience," is a valuable resource for research, dialogue, and reflection on current debates on reproductive rights. Additionally, I think the organization has a history of making strategic choices about programming and messages that shows an understanding of how they can best make an impact.
N
CFC has solid leadership and are doing well financially. Their programs for advocacy as well as those for marketing are also solid. I think they have the most impact on today's thinking about reproductive justice. CFC deals with issues with which no one else goes into any depth because they deal with those matters of conscience in very thoughtful ways.
N
They have become very open and collaborative under their new leadership. They are generous with their resources.
N
They are great with using the media and getting themselves out there. They also seem to have effectively transitioned their leadership, which couldn't have been easy given Frances Kissling's high profile.
O
They are very collaborative and an international perspective informs their work (this is rare in our US-focused movement). They have "out of the box" thinking. Their widely-respected journal, "Conscience," is a provocative view of key issues.

Areas for Improvement

R
Like many of the organizations I have recommended, I believe CFC would benefit from increased visibility, both to the American Catholic laity and nationally. On issues like the recent health care reform debate, CFC's voice for a faith-based ethics of reproductive justice is vital.
N
I would love to see CFC able to get their materials out to even more people. I think they could further secularize their materials to have more impact with regards to thinking about women in more respectful ways (in the context of a woman's conscience for making decisions about her own life).
N
I think they could do more state based work, especially with challenging Catholic hospital mergers. They've written reports on the issue, but haven't been a visible presence in the actual fights to keep hospitals non-sectarian.
O
They should do more work at state level; they are very policy/DC focused.
Gynuity Health Projects (5 recommendations) They generate research to simplify and improve clinical protocols, especially in developing country settings.
Gynuity Health Projects

http://gynuity.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
They generate research to simplify and improve clinical protocols, especially in developing country settings.
R
This dynamic organization is conducting some of the most important clinical research in the field. Their work is changing the abortion service delivery in the US and is making a considerable impact internationally. They have outstanding staff.
R
This organization has performed research that has led to improved access to medication abortion in the US.
N
They create outstanding and potentially game-changing research in efficacy of misoprostol for treatment of post partum hemorrhage as compared to oxytocin (see recent Lancet article by Winikoff et al).
O
They conduct research nationally and internationally in areas that are critical to women's health.

Organizational Strengths

R
They have an extraordinary, visionary leader in Beverly Winikoff. They perform cutting-edge research with outstanding methods.
R
They have strong leadership and staff. They disseminate research findings well to make sure they are effectively used.
N
Their research leadership is a huge strength.
O
Their strengths include leadership, staff, and scholarship.

Areas for Improvement

O
They should work collaboratively with other organizations in the field of reproductive health.
National Women's Health Network (5 recommendations) It has brought attention -- and concrete policy changes -- to neglected issues in women's health. For example, it led the campaign to conduct research on the health impacts of hormone replacement therapy, resulting in new data and real changes in medical advice to women. Also, it developed the Raising Women's Voices for the Health Care We Need initiative, educating grassroots women -- and bringing their perspectives and needs -- to the attention of policymakers engaged in health care reform.
National Women's Health Network
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http://nwhn.org/

Evidence of Impact

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It has brought attention -- and concrete policy changes -- to neglected issues in women's health. For example, it led the campaign to conduct research on the health impacts of hormone replacement therapy, resulting in new data and real changes in medical advice to women. Also, it developed the Raising Women's Voices for the Health Care We Need initiative, educating grassroots women -- and bringing their perspectives and needs -- to the attention of policymakers engaged in health care reform.
R
They have a national leader and clear voice on women's health issues. They remain independent and free of corporate or government influence.
R
I know less about this organization but was very impressed by their work during health care reform. They took a true grassroots approach and empowered many small organizations and many women of color led organizations to get involved in health care reform. I was also impressed by their ability to translate complex legislation and think their work was very important.
N
They have a long-term and successful track record working for improved policies affecting reproductive health and rights, especially regarding drug and device safety and critical FDA decision-making in this arena. They have an excellent record of collaboration with other reproductive rights and justice organizations. They pay attention to critical SAFETY concerns often not addressed by other organizations.
N
NWHN has historical and institutional expertise on its staff that helps influence reproductive and women's health policies. Particularly on the issue of access to reproductive health technologies, drugs and devices, NWHN has an expertise not shared by many in the reproductive health community.

Organizational Strengths

F
Their strengths include strong and diverse board and leadership; a comprehensive but focused program; the ability to partner well with other organizations; and the development of new, young leadership.
R
I have been particularly impressed by their leadership.
N
Cindy Pearson and Amy Allina are excellent spokespersons for reproductive health and justice issues, as any quick googling of their media appearances would demonstrate. They use resources quite effectively (again, a small budget but significant impact nonetheless).
N
The Executive Director, Cindy Pearson, and the Policy Director, Amy Allina, have a strong combined knowledge of policy challenges and gains in the reproductive health community. I also think they have the potential to organize a grassroots movement separate and apart from Planned Parenthood's grassroots/field organization that utilizes the strengths of a different constituency.

Areas for Improvement

F
Its fundraising efforts could be more strategic and it has a tendency to get overextended.
N
As with most groups, their fundraising ability could improve. Outreach to state-level organizations needs improvement so that more advocates know of the NWHN's important public policy work.
N
I think NWHN should assemble a larger grassroots organization. I also think they are not given the appropriate respect in the community which is unfortunate because they are quite knowledgeable. I think that could be solved by improving their relationships both on Capitol Hill and with the Administration.
Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (5 recommendations) It has a huge grassroots network and great communications.
Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States
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http://www.thebody.com/content/art2406.html

Evidence of Impact

R
It has a huge grassroots network and great communications.
R
They have a specific focus on improving the content of reproductive health related information; they set guidelines for development and leadership in this area.
R
I work with local member organizations and am aware of the respect that this organization commands in the field. They have had an important impact on sexuality education and have been involved in the new administration in these areas. I have been impressed by the consistency of their message.
N
SIECUS' Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education: K-12th Grade, first created in 1991 and updated several times since, has been used by thousands of educators in states and communities as well as adapted in other countries to culturally address their populations, impacting millions of young people across the country and worldwide. SIECUS' public policy work has assisted in reducing abstinence-only-until-marriage funding from the federal government. SIECUS worked in coalition with Advocates for Youth and other national and state organizations to create the first federal funding stream supporting evidence-based sexuality education programs; establish a state-grant program for more comprehensive approaches to sex education; and in securing the Office of Adolescent Health in the United States Department of Health and Human Services. These are lasting improvements that get at the core of reproductive health, rights, and justice beginning with properly educating young people about sexual and reproductive health issues.
N
They build coalitions to change policy.

Organizational Strengths

R
It has excellent staff, strategic brilliance, and exceptional communication capacity.
R
They have the ability to look objectively and the willingness to delve deeper into areas that are often overlooked but that require evidence based practices.
R
The clarity of their message is very important.
N
SIECUS' staff in both its policy and education programs is extremely experienced and well respected throughout the sexual and reproductive health and rights field. They have the experience, credibility, and respect of all who work with them, including policymaker offices, colleague organizations, advocates, training participants, and educators. Public policy staff also co-chair several national coalitions, including the Sex Education Coalition and the HIV Prevention Action Coalition (HPAC) and AIDS Budget and Appropriations Coalition (ABAC), two working groups of the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership. SIECUS also convenes the National Coalition to Support Sexuality Education (NCSSE).

Areas for Improvement

R
It needs to continue to develop new approaches rather than rely on old advocacy tools.
R
Though it is an important organization, they appear to have lost some of their luster -- how to regain it? They need help to stay ahead of the curve.
Society of Family Planning (5 recommendations) This is a new organization which has the potential to legitimize family planning within academia. One of the main missions is to support scholarly research in family planning which is often not funded by other funding agencies. The findings of well-designed, well-conducted family planning research has significant potential to change policy around reproductive health.
Society of Family Planning

http://www.societyfp.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
This is a new organization which has the potential to legitimize family planning within academia. One of the main missions is to support scholarly research in family planning which is often not funded by other funding agencies. The findings of well-designed, well-conducted family planning research has significant potential to change policy around reproductive health.
O
They conduct research and convene professionals in reproductive health to ensure that all care is based on evidence.
R
This is the new kid on the block but I think it is one of the necessary organizations that will grow and become one of the most important non-profits we have. This academic organization brings together the brightest of the brightest, proving the academic credibility of the knowledge and research related to family planning.
R
They are the scholarly society for reproductive health.
N
They are producing medical experts in family planning and abortion every year that are moving and organizing education and training in those areas at medical centers all over the US and Canada. This is raising the credibility of reproductive health in the medical world and will dramatically increase access for women as a result.

Organizational Strengths

R
This organization has a strong CEO, an educated and committed board, and a good financial history.
O
Their strengths are leadership and membership.
R
They have dedicated staff and a membership that is a who's who of family planning.
R
Their membership conducts research in reproductive health. The society funds high quality research.
N
They have strong academic leadership among the directors of the fellowships. They are active mentors of the fellows and remain in a support role while graduated fellows leave to make change at new universities.

Areas for Improvement

R
The organization would greatly benefit from having more diverse funding sources. Also, having additional funding would allow the organization to fund a greater number of family planning studies.
O
They need to expand; this organization was established just a few years ago.
R
They are still very small and funded by a single foundation. They need other funding sources which is difficult in the current climate for a new organization.
N
As academics, they are sometimes less aware of policy realities beyond their ivory towers.
Family Violence Prevention Fund (4 recommendations) The Fund is working towards the end of domestic violence in a comprehensive way: advocacy and policy change of laws on domestic violence; training and dissemination of educational materials such as work with men; coalition-building of and partnering with domestic violence shelters and DV advocates.
Family Violence Prevention Fund
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http://www.endabuse.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
The Fund is working towards the end of domestic violence in a comprehensive way: advocacy and policy change of laws on domestic violence; training and dissemination of educational materials such as work with men; coalition-building of and partnering with domestic violence shelters and DV advocates.
N
They provide evidence on violence in relationships and how that affects RH across the lifespan.
R
The Family Violence Prevention Fund provides education and training on domestic violence issues and has been actively promoting awareness on the link between sexual coercion, birth control sabotage, and intimate partner violence.
N
They raised awareness of the link between violence and reproductive health and they provide support for education programs to raise awareness about the issue of violence in interpersonal relationships.

Organizational Strengths

N
The materials on the internet are easily accessible and useful for training purposes. The factsheets are easy to understand.
N
Its ability to fund other organizations to assist in this work is a great strength.
R
Their leadership is committed and experienced.
N
They have a broad perspective to see linkages between specific aspects of health, such as violence and contraceptive non-compliance.

Areas for Improvement

N
The fund started to work on DV and sexual health and should produce more informational materials on these issues.
N
It should fund more like-minded organizations.
N
They could benefit from expanded programs.
Ipas (4 recommendations) They are expanding access to abortion around the world.
Ipas

http://www.ipas.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
They are expanding access to abortion around the world.
R
This organization is one of very few promoting access to abortion technology and services.
N
They are improving access to safe abortion.
N
While their domestic program closed last year, IPAS continues to make a valuable contribution to the field by creating resources for providing early abortion in primary care settings, including the production of their manual vacuum aspirator.

Organizational Strengths

R
Their programs are very strong.
R
The y have a highly committed staff.
N
They possess strong leadership, creative fundraising, and the strength to stay the course even when political forces are opposed.
N
Very strong leadership provides a solid vision. Their marketing of their resources is well-organized and well-developed.

Areas for Improvement

R
Their clinical, medical. and research expertise could be improved.
N
They could benefit from greater emphasis on science and publications.
N
They need more resources for technical assistance in the United States.
Population Council (4 recommendations) They have had contraceptive development success and made many contributions to population policy research.
Population Council
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http://www.popcouncil.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
They have had contraceptive development success and made many contributions to population policy research.
R
They are doing important research on expanding contraceptive options.
R
They have a large publication database, are active on a world-wide scale, and are highly visible.
N
They remain focused on improving access to contraceptive products, including methods such RU 486.

Organizational Strengths

R
The expertise of staff is great, particularly that of John Bongaarts.
R
Their staff and scientific discoveries are huge strengths.
R
There strengths are educational and lie in the scope of operation.
N
They have strong leadership and are committed to science and to advancing knowledge. They have a willingness to take on the difficult issues.

Areas for Improvement

R
The Population Council could engage more fully in the delivery of family planning and other reproductive health services in developing countries.
R
They should publicize the great work they do.
N
They would be well served by further strengthening their business development efforts.
Raising Women's Voices (4 recommendations) Raising Women's Voices has been a tremendous support to WV FREE and other state level advocates promoting reproductive health in health reform.
Raising Women's Voices

http://www.raisingwomensvoices.net/

Evidence of Impact

N
Raising Women's Voices has been a tremendous support to WV FREE and other state level advocates promoting reproductive health in health reform.
N
RWV has brought women together and provided activists with a way to know about and get involved in the health care reform debate.
N
Raising Women's Voices has been instrumental in ensuring women's voices have been heard in the health care reform debate.
N
Mergerwatch is keeping track of the impact hospital mergers are having on access to reproductive health care. They raise awareness, provide support, and develop creative solutions to make sure mergers don't reduce access to needed services. Their Raising Women's Voices project - a separate initiative that raised women's issues in the health care reform process - was a critical source of info on what was going on.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their leadership and constant access are key strengths.
N
They are collaborative; bring individuals and organizations together; and provide excellent, timely information on policy process, etc.
N
Their strength comes from their strong diverse coalition of partners all coming together to speak out on what health care reform should look like for women.
N
The leadership is great: very smart, collaborative, and strategic.

Areas for Improvement

N
As health care reform implementation gains speed, RWV could share more information and engage colleague organizations in its strategic planning.
N
Like so many nonprofits, they could use more funding to expand their ability to interpret the new health care reform legislation for women across the country.
N
They are small and could do much more with more resources.
Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (4 recommendations) In a country where opposition to reproductive rights (including contraception and sex ed) is perpetually cloaked in religious language, the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, comprised of religious dominations and organizations with pro-choice stances, provides a much needed faith and values based voice for reproductive justice. Under the leadership of Rev. Carlton Veazey, the organization has built public support for reproductive rights among Black Churches and clergy, significantly expanding the movement.
Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice

http://rcrc.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
In a country where opposition to reproductive rights (including contraception and sex ed) is perpetually cloaked in religious language, the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, comprised of religious dominations and organizations with pro-choice stances, provides a much needed faith and values based voice for reproductive justice. Under the leadership of Rev. Carlton Veazey, the organization has built public support for reproductive rights among Black Churches and clergy, significantly expanding the movement.
N
They partnered with Sistersong to oppose the race and sex selection bill in Georgia. They actually address abortion as an expression of women's moral authority. The Black Church initiative is reaching communities that simply don't accept other reproductive organizations.
N
Their political organizing on the federal level is phenomenal. RCRC is in a unique place to speak for and with people of faith -- getting out the reality that not ALL people of faith are pro-life.
O
RCRC's unique mission makes it stand apart. Pro-choice and pro-faith. Nobody else is doing that so RCRC has a tough job, but it's presence in the movement is crucial. By reclaiming the religious voice, RCRC is helping to debunk the myth that people of faith are not pro-choice.

Organizational Strengths

R
The real strength of RCRC is its network of clergy and religious leaders at the national and state levels. The Coalition's written materials are also a vital resource for clergy and laity alike.
N
The Director, Reverend Veazey, is certainly one of its strengths. As an older African American man, he brings a certain authority and credibility in communities of color. The organization's youth component is also especially strong and effective in organizing.
N
Their written materials are helpful to clergy and lay people. They have a broad connection with Protestants and Jewish constituencies. Their organizing among people of color is phenomenal.
O
The youth program, Spiritual Youth for Reproductive Freedom, is the main strength in my opinion. It is not being done anywhere else and provides a very important space for spiritual young people to voice their reproductive justice values and expand their knowledge of liberal religious advocacy and activism around choice. The organization's vast array of member organizations is also impressive.

Areas for Improvement

R
RCRC is in need of a revitalization of its leadership and staff. Bringing in new voices and new leaders could help make the work and messages of the organization more targeted and more effective for the 21st century.
N
RCRC is understaffed after recent layoffs due to budget cuts. The organization needs to build its national profile, and make better use of on-line tools in organizing its policy initiatives. Only when they have the capacity to lend their religious voice to mainstream reproductive rights organizations will they be as powerful as they can be, given the unique organizational mission.
N
There is too much staff turnover and their model of organizing and approach needs to be updated to the needs of organizing in states/regions.
O
The organizational leadership is not inspired or strategic.
California Family Health Council (3 recommendations) They allocate Title X resources and administer reproductive health education and training for providers of reproductive health in California.
California Family Health Council
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http://www.cfhc.org

Evidence of Impact

R
They allocate Title X resources and administer reproductive health education and training for providers of reproductive health in California.
R
CFHC administers the federal Title X grants for family planning programs. It provides leadership in providing reproductive health care to low-income Californians.
N
CFHC has influenced clinics to provide quality reproductive health care through administering California's Title X funds and making regional phone calls.

Organizational Strengths

R
Their strengths lie in their breadth of activities and strong organizational capacity.
R
It has great leadership and is well-organized in terms of operations and finances.

Areas for Improvement

R
My main area of concern is lack of funding for outreach and male involvement due to funding cuts caused by the fiscal crisis.
Law Students for Reproductive Justice (3 recommendations) LSRJ helps to create and increase opportunities for students to study and write about reproductive rights issues in law school. The organization has directly contributed to increased numbers of courses offered; increased support for faculty teaching in the area (through sample syllabi and other resources); and increased support for students who want to advocate for increased and balanced attention to reproductive rights issues both through the offering of electives as well as within the core curriculum.
Law Students for Reproductive Justice
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http://lsrj.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
LSRJ helps to create and increase opportunities for students to study and write about reproductive rights issues in law school. The organization has directly contributed to increased numbers of courses offered; increased support for faculty teaching in the area (through sample syllabi and other resources); and increased support for students who want to advocate for increased and balanced attention to reproductive rights issues both through the offering of electives as well as within the core curriculum.
N
With increased knowledge among law students of pertinent issues, they produce more law graduates who work in the field.
N
They have 88 chapters around the country and have effectively engaged and trained the next generation of lawyers and policy folks for reproductive rights and justice advocacy. Their chapters have engaged professors and faculty on many campuses and helped to de-marginalize gender in many law schools.

Organizational Strengths

R
They have an energetic and enthusiastic Executive Director, a highly committed staff, and make the most of a tiny budget.
N
Leadership and marketing are their two big strengths.
N
With a small staff, they have an amazing reach through their 88 chapters and extensive internship and fellowship programs. They create comprehensive training materials for new lawyers in reproductive justice and human rights.

Areas for Improvement

R
It needs to increase its funding so that it can expand its staff and, consequently, its impact.
N
They need more staff to help more law schools expand their curriculum.
N
They should diversify the organization and leadership.
Marie Stopes International, LTD (3 recommendations) Their clinical services are not provided by any other organizations that I am aware of.
Marie Stopes International, LTD
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http://www.mariestopes.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
Their clinical services are not provided by any other organizations that I am aware of.
N
They are the leading service delivery organization in reducing maternal mortality by increasing access to safe abortion.
N
They improve access to contraceptive services and to post-abortion care services.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have quality assurance protocols for abortion-related service delivery.
N
They have solid leadership as well as a decentralized business model that incorporates cross subsidies to allow services to reach the poor.

Areas for Improvement

N
It is problematic that the actual quality of services varies.
N
Perhaps they could pay greater attention to sharing lessons learned and contributing to the global literature.
National Institute for Reproductive Health (3 recommendations) They are part of NARAL/NY but have been supporting local initiatives that expand access to reproductive health. Many of these are legislative initiatives that might otherwise not have gotten support.
National Institute for Reproductive Health

http://www.nirhealth.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They are part of NARAL/NY but have been supporting local initiatives that expand access to reproductive health. Many of these are legislative initiatives that might otherwise not have gotten support.
N
NIRH (an arm of NARAL New York) had the brilliant idea to focus on urban areas to instigate progressive change on policy issues related to reproduction and sexuality. They recognized that cities tend to be more progressive and that they could push proactive reforms in cosmopolitan areas that will affect large swaths of people and hopefully trickle up to influence state and federal policy eventually. In just a few short years, they have created coalitions of local officials, community activists, and national leaders; begun demonstration projects; and moved policies at the local level.
O
The Institute launched four regional summits that brought together advocates and public officials to discuss improving reproductive health policies and programs in their cities and regions. More than 500 elected officials, public health leaders and local advocates representing 70 cities and 33 states from across the country attended. They distributed over $225,000 in grant funding, enabling eleven local organizations to promote progressive policies and programs at the municipal level to improve reproductive health outcomes in their cities. They launched the Urban Initiative website, wwwurbaninitiative.org following an intensive nine month planning and implementation process. They published the National Urban Reproductive health agenda to provide tools for mobilizing advocacy organizations, elected leaders, and public officials to increase access to services and information, reduce disparities, improve health outcomes, and solidify and expand reproductive rights at the local level. After Dr. Tiller's murder, they revamped the Book of Choices online search functions to make it easier for users to locate providers willing to perform abortions later in pregnancy, and made grants to West Virginia Free and Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies in Hawaii to support the replication of this resource. They also provided assistance to NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio and NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland, both of which are in the process of finalizing. The Institute continues to chair the national Low-Income Contraceptive Access Coalition which has over 60 members from all over the nation and established a listserv for coalition members to contact one another, share ideas, resources and news updates outside of the coalition calls. They work with elected officials to garner support for advancing comprehensive sexuality education policy in New York City. They managed the Back Up Your Birth Control campaign and website which received a total of 11,583 visits during the month of March 2010. They received requests for materials from 143 groups and individuals from 34 states totaling nearly 16,000 educational pieces. The 2010 Back Up Your Birth Control campaign was also featured on over 38 blogs including the Huffington Post, RH Reality Check, Feministing, and Feministe.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have good leadership and are excellent collaborators.
N
Their leadership is very strong and their staff is terrific. They had incredible vision with their urban initiative. I can't wait to see the ripple effects of this in a few more years.
O
The Institute is led by strong, visionary, and managerially effective leadership. Kelli Conlin has assembled one of the most talented teams in the field of reproductive health and rights. The work of the organization has grown strategically and has filled in the gaps created by the demise of leadership at the national level.

Areas for Improvement

N
They focus right now on urban areas but it would be good to expand into rural areas as well.
N
I'm not very clear on what they're doing beyond the urban initiative. They seem to have a large staff but I'm not clear on what their structure is.
O
The organization needs to expand its impact and foster the development of effective grassroots organizations throughout the country.
Reproductive Health Access Project (3 recommendations) RHAP has been involved in the expanded education of primary care providers in evidenced based reproductive health provision, including the integration of medication and surgical abortion into the outpatient setting. They have been advocates for policy change in the state of New York, within the American Academy of Family Physicians, and within Family Medicine Residency training. They also help community based primary care physicians take on the real world challenges of adding abortion provision to their clinics with practical advice and protocols.
Reproductive Health Access Project

http://www.reproductiveaccess.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
RHAP has been involved in the expanded education of primary care providers in evidenced based reproductive health provision, including the integration of medication and surgical abortion into the outpatient setting. They have been advocates for policy change in the state of New York, within the American Academy of Family Physicians, and within Family Medicine Residency training. They also help community based primary care physicians take on the real world challenges of adding abortion provision to their clinics with practical advice and protocols.
R
RHAP serves an important niche in providing up-to-date information for primary care clinicians integrating reproductive health into practice, both on their website and in national and regional meetings. They also help lead efforts at reproductive health policy change through Family Medicine.
R
They are the leading organization for integrating abortion care into primary.

Organizational Strengths

R
The staff is skeleton but dynamic, tireless and intrepid. They have created excellent patient and provider education materials which are available on their amazing web site.
R
Their stellar efforts with leadership development, networking, and mentoring nationally are big strengths. Their website and tools that can be found on it are fantastic.
R
Their strength is in working with medical students, residents, and physicians in primary care practice.

Areas for Improvement

R
They need to increase their staff and consultants to have national impact and to accomplish this they need extended and consistent funding.
R
It would benefit from interfacing with other national organizations such as ARHP or PPFA.
ACCESS (2 recommendations) They are an Oakland-based referral and information service group for reproductive health.
ACCESS
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http://www.whrc-access.org

Evidence of Impact

R
They are an Oakland-based referral and information service group for reproductive health.
R
Access provides direct services to pregnant women in California who are marginalized and underresourced. They help pregnant women continuing their pregnancies but specifically provide extended services to women seeking abortions -- helping them find a clinic, giving them a place to stay if they are traveling long distances (either at an Access volunteer's home or a hotel room), helping pay for transport, childcare etc. They provide a tremendous range of services from dedicated staff.

Organizational Strengths

R
They have excellent leadership and great relationships with local abortion clinics which really helps with the continuity of services for women.

Areas for Improvement

R
They need more resources dedicated to help with childcare for women getting abortions.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (2 recommendations) They receive a large amount of donations and the impact of the funds is great.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

http://www.gatesfoundation.org

Evidence of Impact

R
They receive a large amount of donations and the impact of the funds is great.
R
They possess a huge amount of resources, some of which are devoted to reproductive health issues.

Areas for Improvement

R
They should focus more on family planning as a human right.
Feminist Majority Foundation (2 recommendations) They have the ability to organize on college campuses and reach policy makers including elected officials.
Feminist Majority Foundation

http://feminist.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They have the ability to organize on college campuses and reach policy makers including elected officials.
N
I especially appreciate the campus outreach and young people's work of FMF.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strengths include strategic thinking, leadership, and knowledge of issues.
N
Their leadership is a force of nature (Ellie Smeal) who is occasionally unrealistic in her "ask" of political leaders and decision-makers, but as such helps carve out a very safe space for other advocacy group to push a progressive agenda.

Areas for Improvement

N
Time management is a potential area of improvement.
N
I find them a bit scattered and therefore don't have a sense of all their work -- specifically the campus work and some of their USG advocacy.
Healthy Teen Network (2 recommendations) Their ability to provide evidence-based technical assistance to adolescents in addressing RH issues has a great impact.
Healthy Teen Network
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http://www.healthyteennetwork.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Their ability to provide evidence-based technical assistance to adolescents in addressing RH issues has a great impact.
N
As a national organization, HTN ensures that the state teen pregnancy prevention organizations are well-informed, well-connected, and well-equipped to do the important work they do.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their leadership is excellent.
N
Their strength is in their expertise relating to evidence-based approaches -- in particular the use of BDI logic models and Getting to Outcomes in their work. They've been advocating for the field to do this for years, and it's finally paid off.

Areas for Improvement

N
They should partner more with other organizations.
N
They would benefit from a greater spirit of collaboration with organizations/entities beyond their own cast of familiar characters.
International Women's Health Coalition (2 recommendations) They have global reach and impact on global leaders.
International Women's Health Coalition
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http://www.iwhc.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
They have global reach and impact on global leaders.
N
It is a politically-savvy organization and is good at agenda setting, especially on international policies. It is very active on the intersection of HIV and SRH, a neglected area.

Organizational Strengths

R
Their strengths include leadership and clarity of purpose.
N
They possess strong leadership and excellent analytical capacity.

Areas for Improvement

R
They are insufficiently collaborative with others,
N
The organization is too centered on the President. It needs a strong second tier.
Internet Sexuality Information (2 recommendations) ISIS uses technology to provide an array of ever expanding services to an ever expanding population. They really are on the cutting edge, and are constantly developing projects and products that change the way reproductive information and services are delivered. I don't how many people have made use of their services but expect it has to be more than 100,000 at this point. I do know that the Sex::Tech conference they convene has grown threefold in attendance each year. Their work intersects with many aspects of SRH: research, sex education, training, and marketing... plus probably a few others.
Internet Sexuality Information
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http://www.isis-inc.org/

Evidence of Impact

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ISIS uses technology to provide an array of ever expanding services to an ever expanding population. They really are on the cutting edge, and are constantly developing projects and products that change the way reproductive information and services are delivered. I don't how many people have made use of their services but expect it has to be more than 100,000 at this point. I do know that the Sex::Tech conference they convene has grown threefold in attendance each year. Their work intersects with many aspects of SRH: research, sex education, training, and marketing... plus probably a few others.
N
They reach consumers through the internet and innovative technologies (text messaging, etc).

Organizational Strengths

R
Their two big strengths are leadership and marketing. Deb Levine is an innovative thinker who also seems able to let her (young) staff take on responsibilities and do things in new ways. They've done an excellent job of reaching out to big players who aren't primarily concerned with SRH issues (big players in the world of social media, MTV, etc).
N
Creativity, knowledge of new technologies, and strong leadership all distinguish this organization.

Areas for Improvement

R
I suppose it would be great if they could make more folks in the SRH field aware not only of their organization but of the ways that "lay" people use technology. I guess they need an even bigger shop?
N
They should establish a stronger national presence and grow in capacity.
MS Foundation For Women (2 recommendations) The impact the Ms. Foundation's Women and AIDS Fund has had in bringing women to the HIV/AIDS policy table has been outstanding. The Fund not only provides financial support for HIV organizations led by and for women, but it also regularly convenes the grantees which led to the development of the national Women and AIDS Collective which has organized to demand that more government resources be focused on the impact of HIV on women in America.
MS Foundation For Women
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http://ms.foundation.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
The impact the Ms. Foundation's Women and AIDS Fund has had in bringing women to the HIV/AIDS policy table has been outstanding. The Fund not only provides financial support for HIV organizations led by and for women, but it also regularly convenes the grantees which led to the development of the national Women and AIDS Collective which has organized to demand that more government resources be focused on the impact of HIV on women in America.
N
They demonstrate leadership among women's funds and provide thoughtful leadership and support for women of color.

Organizational Strengths

F
The relationships developed among the Women and AIDS Fund grantees have helped to develop the individual grantee organizations as well as a powerful coalition.
N
Leadership, advocacy, collaboration
National Black Women's Health Imperative (2 recommendations) They have terrific leadership among groups, are a major role in health care reform, are highly effective spokespeople, and effect numerous policy and program implementation.
National Black Women's Health Imperative

http://www.blackwomenshealth.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They have terrific leadership among groups, are a major role in health care reform, are highly effective spokespeople, and effect numerous policy and program implementation.
N
They reach women through their Walking for Wellness programs as well as the Heart program in New Orleans. These programs start where women are at and find practical, empowering ways to help women take better care of themselves and transform their experiences of their own health.

Organizational Strengths

N
Leadership, staffing, operations, and communications are their great strengths.
N
Byllye Avery, their founder, has been recognized with a MacArthur Genius Award. Their marketing is top notch -- very high quality materials & production values.

Areas for Improvement

N
They should have a higher profile in media.
N
They struggle with the difficulty of persuading women to give to the cause they feel connected to.
National Health Law Program (2 recommendations) NHeLP is one of the few organizations that works on women's reproductive health issues with a direct focus on low-income women's access to care. NHeLP is working on a number of policy priorities that are specifically targeted at low-income women. The reproductive choice and health community has routinely moved away from low-income women's reproductive justice/access issues which resulted in serious challenges during the health care reform debate.
National Health Law Program
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http://www.healthlaw.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
NHeLP is one of the few organizations that works on women's reproductive health issues with a direct focus on low-income women's access to care. NHeLP is working on a number of policy priorities that are specifically targeted at low-income women. The reproductive choice and health community has routinely moved away from low-income women's reproductive justice/access issues which resulted in serious challenges during the health care reform debate.
N
An organization that isn't well-identified with the "pro-choice" community, NHeLP is doing very important advocacy, analytical, and legal work for access to reproductive health care -- it's underrated.

Organizational Strengths

N
NHeLP is working on a legislative proposal to improve Medicaid beneficiary access to family planning services. NHeLP has identified a number of community partnerships designed to help low-income access many of the new health policy provisions included in the health reform law, including access to new Medicaid family planning resources.
N
Their legal expertise, competent/focused leadership, and unusual coalition partners in states (like Legal Aid) are all very strong.

Areas for Improvement

N
NHeLP's reproductive choice and health advocate is located in California which makes their women's health advocacy slightly inaccessible to policy makers. I also think they should be more involved in the reproductive choice coalition.
N
It needs to make a bigger "footprint" in communications/media to have a great impact on the reproductive rights/health/justice movement.
National Partnership for Women and Families (2 recommendations) NPWF have a record of leadership in the public policy arena in the following areas: family and medical leave, sick pay, reproductive health, and access to quality health care.
National Partnership for Women and Families
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http://www.nationalpartnership.org/site/PageServer

Evidence of Impact

N
NPWF have a record of leadership in the public policy arena in the following areas: family and medical leave, sick pay, reproductive health, and access to quality health care.
O
They have tremendous influence in DC. A smart and effective leadership, with broad expertise in health policy beyond repro issues, makes them even more effective in thinking about ways to ensure that repro issues are not left out of health policy debates. They play a key role in putting out the daily women's health report.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have excellent advocacy skills to engage consumers and patients in their work. They also possess an excellent reputation as a trustworthy source of information and a strong coalition builder.
O
Their ability to attract excellent senior staff means quality runs all the way through the organization.

Areas for Improvement

N
They should increase diversity among staff and enhance program efforts to reduce disparities in in health care. They would also do well to expand programs to engage diverse consumer populations in their advocacy efforts.
O
While this organization does terrific work related to repro health rights and justice, it would be good to see the senior staff able to dig deeper into specific long-term repro issues rather than simply follow other groups, just as other staff seem able to play that leadership role in the broader health care debates.
Native American Community Board (2 recommendations) Native American Community Board (NACB) is the leading national voice on reproductive justice for Native women and an outstanding advocate for abortion, contraception and other reproductive health services. Their policy victories have expanded access for thousands of Native women across the nation and represent a stark example of issues that would not have been visible, and wins that would not have been possible, without the leadership of Native women. Native women rely on Indian Health Services (IHS) for health care, but face tremendous barriers to accessing the services to which they are legally entitled. For the past ten years, NACB has waged a campaign to address the alarmingly high rates of sexual assault suffered by Native women and girls. A Native woman who seeks care from IHS after a rape typically finds no Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) on duty; no access to Emergency Contraception to prevent pregnancy; no rape kits to collect evidence, no counseling, and no requirement that the practitioner who examines her respond to a subpoena to testify in court. While legally entitled to abortion care, she is unlikely be granted access. NACB research has produced some of the most compelling statistics about the lack of abortion access for Native women. A study of services provided between 1973 and 2001 revealed that during that nearly 30-year period, IHS performed only 25 abortions nationwide; 85 percent of the 350+ IHS sites did not comply with the agency's own official abortion directive; and IHS staff were largely unaware of Native women's rights regarding abortions. As a result, Native women are left without the most basic reproductive health care and unable to secure a conviction against assailants, the vast majority of whom are white men who come onto reservations from surrounding towns. Highlights of NACB's work include: playing a leading role in IHS's discontinuing the use of Norplant; convincing the National Council of American Indians (NCAI) in 2003 to pass a resolution supporting expansion of the federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) to include federal support for sexual assault forensic exams and Sexual Response Team units to serve tribes and villages which became law in 2005; securing NCAI passage of a 2005 resolution supporting the development and implementation of sexual assault and protocols for IHS emergency rooms and contract healthcare providers, marking tribal leaders' public support of NACB's reproductive justice platform; publishing a landmark study in 2006 exposing IHS failure to provide comprehensive reproductive health care to Native women; securing $300 million in funding through the 2009 federal Omnibus Appropriations Act to support tribal law enforcement and IHS to reduce the rate of sexual assault in Native communities and to improve reproductive health services for women who are assaulted. NACB is currently leading a national campaign to expand Native women's access to emergency contraception. NACB was created in 1985 by Native Americans living on or near the Yankton Sioux Reservation in South Dakota to protect and sustain the rights, sovereignty, Life Ways and natural resources of indigenous peoples. NACB's Native American Women's Health Education Resource Center houses a shelter for battered women, a clearinghouse of culturally-specific women's health education materials disseminated to tribes across North America, and several initiatives, including the Indigenous Women's Reproductive Justice Program (the Program), the Violence Against Women program, and the Dakota language preservation program. NACB uses internet streaming, a weekly show on Lakota talk radio, and print materials to communicate locally and internationally. The Program improves the health of low-income, reservation-based Native women across the country by using community education, activist training, and federal advocacy to facilitate legal access to abortion/pregnancy prevention and other reproductive health services.
Native American Community Board

http://www.nativeshop.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
Native American Community Board (NACB) is the leading national voice on reproductive justice for Native women and an outstanding advocate for abortion, contraception and other reproductive health services. Their policy victories have expanded access for thousands of Native women across the nation and represent a stark example of issues that would not have been visible, and wins that would not have been possible, without the leadership of Native women. Native women rely on Indian Health Services (IHS) for health care, but face tremendous barriers to accessing the services to which they are legally entitled. For the past ten years, NACB has waged a campaign to address the alarmingly high rates of sexual assault suffered by Native women and girls. A Native woman who seeks care from IHS after a rape typically finds no Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) on duty; no access to Emergency Contraception to prevent pregnancy; no rape kits to collect evidence, no counseling, and no requirement that the practitioner who examines her respond to a subpoena to testify in court. While legally entitled to abortion care, she is unlikely be granted access. NACB research has produced some of the most compelling statistics about the lack of abortion access for Native women. A study of services provided between 1973 and 2001 revealed that during that nearly 30-year period, IHS performed only 25 abortions nationwide; 85 percent of the 350+ IHS sites did not comply with the agency's own official abortion directive; and IHS staff were largely unaware of Native women's rights regarding abortions. As a result, Native women are left without the most basic reproductive health care and unable to secure a conviction against assailants, the vast majority of whom are white men who come onto reservations from surrounding towns. Highlights of NACB's work include: playing a leading role in IHS's discontinuing the use of Norplant; convincing the National Council of American Indians (NCAI) in 2003 to pass a resolution supporting expansion of the federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) to include federal support for sexual assault forensic exams and Sexual Response Team units to serve tribes and villages which became law in 2005; securing NCAI passage of a 2005 resolution supporting the development and implementation of sexual assault and protocols for IHS emergency rooms and contract healthcare providers, marking tribal leaders' public support of NACB's reproductive justice platform; publishing a landmark study in 2006 exposing IHS failure to provide comprehensive reproductive health care to Native women; securing $300 million in funding through the 2009 federal Omnibus Appropriations Act to support tribal law enforcement and IHS to reduce the rate of sexual assault in Native communities and to improve reproductive health services for women who are assaulted. NACB is currently leading a national campaign to expand Native women's access to emergency contraception. NACB was created in 1985 by Native Americans living on or near the Yankton Sioux Reservation in South Dakota to protect and sustain the rights, sovereignty, Life Ways and natural resources of indigenous peoples. NACB's Native American Women's Health Education Resource Center houses a shelter for battered women, a clearinghouse of culturally-specific women's health education materials disseminated to tribes across North America, and several initiatives, including the Indigenous Women's Reproductive Justice Program (the Program), the Violence Against Women program, and the Dakota language preservation program. NACB uses internet streaming, a weekly show on Lakota talk radio, and print materials to communicate locally and internationally. The Program improves the health of low-income, reservation-based Native women across the country by using community education, activist training, and federal advocacy to facilitate legal access to abortion/pregnancy prevention and other reproductive health services.
F
The NACB (Charon Asetoyer) has been instrumental in working within the Indian Health Service regarding reproductive health and rights issues, gender focused policy, comprehensive reproductive health services within Native communities, and linking reproductive health and environmental factors. It has provided important research around these issues. It has also helped organize communities over the years on many related issues but also, very importantly, to defeat several ballot measures that would have eliminated access to legal abortion in South Dakota and on the Indian reservations.

Organizational Strengths

F
Cultivating youth leadership has historically been a challenge for NACB, however they have made some strides to build youth leadership recently. NACB is working with seven youth interns who have designed NACB radio programs for internet streaming. Ten interns representing nine different reservation communities are working on the EC campaign in 2010. NACB's communications work is innovative -- they have used radio and internet streaming to communicate with people in reservation communities. They have used film as an organizing tool with large bodies such as the National Council of American Indians. They have been an effective voice for Native women in D.C. -- numerous meetings with NACB leadership and key leaders in the Obama Administration have resulted in policy change and greater attention to the reproductive health issues of Native women.
F
They are the only Native group in the country that has been working on these issues consistently for over 20 years. The cultural competency and partnerships with other Native and non-Native groups working on these issues has been very important.

Areas for Improvement

F
NACB still has room for improvement in engaging youth and building a deeper bench of leadership and a leadership pipeline but has made some strides to build youth leadership this year. They could also improve by increasing and strengthening their alliances with other national reproductive justice organizations and reproductive justice organizations working with Native communities on the local level in other states. NACB's major challenge will be stretching its limited staff capacity to take advantage of a host of opportunities that have opened up under the new Administration.
F
Leadership development has been a big issue for them, or rather, the lack of it. Charon A. is the founder and current leader. Few others, if any, from the organization have had any visibility and that is a problem. This is a big country and many diverse Native communities and more leaders are needed.
Population Action International (2 recommendations) This advocacy organization in Washington is well informed about legislative environment and disseminates information on a timely basis.
Population Action International
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http://www.populationaction.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
This advocacy organization in Washington is well informed about legislative environment and disseminates information on a timely basis.
O
They have the ability to reach key members of Congress and back up the advocacy work with solid, high quality research. Advocacy staff at PAI have been highly effective at identifying key leverage points and working hard at developing strategies (even when not popular with colleague organizations) that have paid off. In addition, international advocacy has been highly effective, both in partnering with other organizations and working at a high level not achieved by many other organizations based in DC.

Organizational Strengths

N
It is a good team of researchers and well managed.
O
Dedicated staff have carried the organization through tough times. The cross-team approach, particularly between advocacy and research, has saved the day. New leadership has been crucial to the survival of the organization and will be key to maintaining PAI's effectiveness.

Areas for Improvement

N
The organization is at a crucial point as it is choosing a new CEO. It needs to select a strong leader.
O
A less flat structure could cut down on the demoralization that happens among the staff at times. The opportunity for growth and a positive, more open leadership style would pay off and is likely happening under current (temporary) direction. In the past, the leadership was volatile and frequently changing directions, which led to demoralization and weary skepticism over time.
Pro-Choice Public Education Project (2 recommendations) Researched-based communications campaigns focused on the needs of young women of color have had amazing impact.
Pro-Choice Public Education Project

http://www.protectchoice.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
Researched-based communications campaigns focused on the needs of young women of color have had amazing impact.
N
Their engagement of young individuals and openness to gender non-conforming are superb. They have promotion of education and organizing going hand in hand. They are building a movement not for now - but for a lifetime.

Organizational Strengths

F
A major strength is that this organization goes to great lengths to have its advisory steering committee represented by the same communities its serving, i.e. young women and especially young women of color.
N
They have great research and contribution to the broader movement. They are working at the intersectionalities of oppressions and seeing the connectedness between that reality and the broader perspectives of reproductive justice. They are being informed by young people and their voices and perspectives.

Areas for Improvement

F
They should increase operational capacity in order to bump up the organization to the next level.
N
For being such a cutting edge organization, it seems their technology/website/etc. could be improved and more interactive and modernized to broaden their message and connection across the country.
RH Reality Check (2 recommendations) This reproductive rights, health, and news source does fact-checking and reporting on issues from across the country and brings important rights and health issues to new and broader audiences. It is a break-through organization, taking reproductive issues into the 21st Century.
RH Reality Check

http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
This reproductive rights, health, and news source does fact-checking and reporting on issues from across the country and brings important rights and health issues to new and broader audiences. It is a break-through organization, taking reproductive issues into the 21st Century.
O
RHRC is great at getting the message out because it IS the media.

Organizational Strengths

R
They give a really big bang for their buck and combine reporting and commentary with video interviews no other group is reaching.
O
They are good journalists; they move fast when an issue is brewing; and the editor in chief is fantastic, clear, and strong.

Areas for Improvement

R
While it is truly reaching and engaging younger women, it could do even better reaching/representing women of color.
O
Money is the biggest issue for them as the UN Foundation's funding becomes less. RHRC could be a huge mouthpiece that makes inroads into the mainstream media with more funding.
Third Wave Foundation (2 recommendations) Third Wave is a feminist, activist foundation that works nationally to support young women and transgender youth ages 15 to 30. Through strategic grant making, leadership development, and philanthropic advocacy, Third Wave supports groups and individuals working towards gender, racial, economic, and social justice. It organizes donors to support youth-led organizations working on reproductive justice.
Third Wave Foundation
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http://www.thirdwavefoundation.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
Third Wave is a feminist, activist foundation that works nationally to support young women and transgender youth ages 15 to 30. Through strategic grant making, leadership development, and philanthropic advocacy, Third Wave supports groups and individuals working towards gender, racial, economic, and social justice. It organizes donors to support youth-led organizations working on reproductive justice.
O
Third Wave Foundation funds young women and trans activists, prioritizing youth of color. They are often the hardest to fund, but the best long-term investment.

Organizational Strengths

F
Their leadership, staff, and vision are strengths to the field. They are firmly committed to justice and youth-led work. Their vision, leadership, youth-centered nature, and bold ideas are vital.
O
They fund what no one else can or does. Their leadership is made of young feminists.

Areas for Improvement

F
They need help in marketing and operations. It needs to become a strong and sustainable organization with bigger grants.
Third Way (2 recommendations) They forged a new way to discuss abortion that culminated in a groundbreaking piece of legislation (Ryan-DeLauro bill) with an unprecedented diversity of supporters. This approach also contributed directly to new language in Democrats' platform and the Obama Administration's approach.
Third Way

http://www.thirdway.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They forged a new way to discuss abortion that culminated in a groundbreaking piece of legislation (Ryan-DeLauro bill) with an unprecedented diversity of supporters. This approach also contributed directly to new language in Democrats' platform and the Obama Administration's approach.
O
Describing itself as a 'moderate' think-tank, Third Way is working to find common ground on abortion. There are few organizations who are actively working to find the place where people can agree.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their smart and strategic staff and willingness to work with unusual bedfellows are key strengths.
O
Third Way has the ears of politically influential figures who need to find a place of compromise for their constituents. The political arena cannot be underestimated and funders should think about how to influence it from a non-traditional partner like Third Way versus a traditional lobby group like Planned Parenthood.

Areas for Improvement

N
They need to address how to continue the momentum, particularly with staff turnover.
O
I don't think Third Way actively wants to set itself into an 'abortion' leader which makes it intriguing from a funding perspective and may result in them being a better objective voice. That being said, I'm sure dedicated funds to their culture project might strengthen their positions and ability to navigate their niche.
Young Women United (2 recommendations) Founded in 2000, YWU is a New Mexico organization created by and for young women of color and their allies. Through YWU, young women develop leadership skills, support each other, gain political awareness, educate their communities, connect local concerns with national social justice efforts, and build power to organize around important issues facing their communities. Currently, NM has the third highest teen pregnancy rate in the US, contributing to its high school dropout rate. Challenging the invisibility of young women of color and Indigenous/Native women in the community, civic and political arenas in NM, and the nation, YWU believes that problems can be solved only when those most impacted lead the fight. Its organizing model places youth at the center of all the decisions made, research conducted, and actions taken. YWU's work is organized around two programs: Circle of Strength (COS), a youth-led, multi-issue organizing and leadership development program for women ages 13-19 (currently 13 core members) and Circle of Fire (COF), a multi-issue organizing project for women ages 19-35 (currently 26 core members). The circles come together throughout the year to hold events, conduct retreats, and strategize. YWU provides trainings for the circles, including leadership development, organizing, campaign development, public speaking, political education, media literacy, and analysis of the impact that racism, sexism, and violence has on body image and sexual health.
Young Women United

http://www.youngwomenunited.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
Founded in 2000, YWU is a New Mexico organization created by and for young women of color and their allies. Through YWU, young women develop leadership skills, support each other, gain political awareness, educate their communities, connect local concerns with national social justice efforts, and build power to organize around important issues facing their communities. Currently, NM has the third highest teen pregnancy rate in the US, contributing to its high school dropout rate. Challenging the invisibility of young women of color and Indigenous/Native women in the community, civic and political arenas in NM, and the nation, YWU believes that problems can be solved only when those most impacted lead the fight. Its organizing model places youth at the center of all the decisions made, research conducted, and actions taken. YWU's work is organized around two programs: Circle of Strength (COS), a youth-led, multi-issue organizing and leadership development program for women ages 13-19 (currently 13 core members) and Circle of Fire (COF), a multi-issue organizing project for women ages 19-35 (currently 26 core members). The circles come together throughout the year to hold events, conduct retreats, and strategize. YWU provides trainings for the circles, including leadership development, organizing, campaign development, public speaking, political education, media literacy, and analysis of the impact that racism, sexism, and violence has on body image and sexual health.
O
This Albuquerque, New Mexico group could be a model of doing great reproductive justice and health group at a local level for many other places. They also collaborate on projects with Choice USA.

Organizational Strengths

F
More than half of COS's current membership has been active for five years or more and YWU's commitment to advancing sexuality education and development of youth of color leadership in the Reproductive Justice movement has impressed peers and adult allies throughout the field. YWU's work has put NM on the map as a leader in the fight for comprehensive sexuality education and its victories have brought extensive public attention, which has translated into new members and partners. YWU is well-integrated into the broader Reproductive Justice movement nationally and has strong ties and partnerships with Sistas on the Rise, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, Planned Parenthood of NM, the Albuquerque Rape Crisis Center, SisterSong, INCITE!, COLOR and SPARK, among others. With a capacity building grant from Hispanics in Philanthropy and technical assistance from Movement Strategy Center (a progressive capacity building organization), YWU has launched a new structure and staff supervision model this year to strengthen its internal administration and communication capacity.

Areas for Improvement

F
It needs grassroots fundraising and staff expansion to better connect their local work to national work on sex education and other Reproductive Justice issues.
ACT for Women and Girls (1 recommendation) Their Female Leadership Academy is very effective at increasing the number of local women leaders. They built a Central Valley movement of social justice groups and organizations which work collectively on cross issues of human rights. This increases the knowledge, support, and community awareness of social justice and reproductive rights in Tulare County and the Central Valley and improves access to reproductive health services in the Central Valley.
ACT for Women and Girls

http://www.actulareco.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
Their Female Leadership Academy is very effective at increasing the number of local women leaders. They built a Central Valley movement of social justice groups and organizations which work collectively on cross issues of human rights. This increases the knowledge, support, and community awareness of social justice and reproductive rights in Tulare County and the Central Valley and improves access to reproductive health services in the Central Valley.

Organizational Strengths

F
First, they have strong infrastructure, coalitions, and networks in the Central Valley. Second, their board has been very successful in fundraising. Third, they have excellent leadership development training for young women.

Areas for Improvement

F
The organization could benefit from coaching and capacity building of the new executive director. Additionally, they should create a sustainable fund development plan.
American College of Nurse-Midwives (1 recommendation) They are the leading representative for professional midwives and, by extension, for treating childbirth as a healthy, normal event.
American College of Nurse-Midwives

http://www.midwife.org

Evidence of Impact

R
They are the leading representative for professional midwives and, by extension, for treating childbirth as a healthy, normal event.

Areas for Improvement

R
It is critical that they improve publicity -- specifically their visibility and message.
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (1 recommendation) ACOG secured a number of policy improvements directly related to women's health in the current health reform law. They worked to secure language requiring demonstration projects for women's medical homes. They also worked on an amendment to the health reform law offered by Senator Mikulski to improve access to women's health preventive services including family planning and OB/Gyn care.
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

http://www.acog.org

Evidence of Impact

N
ACOG secured a number of policy improvements directly related to women's health in the current health reform law. They worked to secure language requiring demonstration projects for women's medical homes. They also worked on an amendment to the health reform law offered by Senator Mikulski to improve access to women's health preventive services including family planning and OB/Gyn care.

Organizational Strengths

N
ACOG is a bipartisan, membership-driven organization with often divergent political constituencies. However, they balance the pursuit of evidenced-based policy priorities against diverse political views on issues like access to abortion and family planning services.

Areas for Improvement

N
Over the past few years, ACOG has become more polarized publicly on the issue of abortion care. A competing organization, Physicians for Reproductive Choice, have worked on filling the gap. However, the political force of ACOG is stronger and could be leveraged to change the debate on reproductive choice and health. I would propose they decide on a mission statement that supports guaranteed access to those in their membership that perform abortions.
American Social Health Association (1 recommendation) American Social Health Association (ASHA) is the oldest organization dealing with sexually transmitted diseases in the U.S. Operating multiple community hotlines, they have informed the largest number of people in the U.S. affected by STDs about how to prevent, cure, and treat so as to avoid long-term adverse affects.
American Social Health Association
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http://www.ashastd.org

Evidence of Impact

N
American Social Health Association (ASHA) is the oldest organization dealing with sexually transmitted diseases in the U.S. Operating multiple community hotlines, they have informed the largest number of people in the U.S. affected by STDs about how to prevent, cure, and treat so as to avoid long-term adverse affects.

Organizational Strengths

N
Lynn Barclay, the new-ish Executive Director, is a good player, bringing STDs into the fold of sexual and reproductive health in powerful ways. She is good with the lobbyists, health departments, funders, and direct-to-consumer.

Areas for Improvement

N
Their name doesn't mean much to people - doesn't resonate. What is social health, anyway?
Backline (1 recommendation) They provide excellent abortion phone counseling services.
Backline
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http://www.yourbackline.org

Evidence of Impact

R
They provide excellent abortion phone counseling services.
Birthing Project USA (1 recommendation) This nonprofit has provided core services to minority youth in order to empower them. It trains professionals to mentor the youth to improve birth outcomes and reduce poverty.
Birthing Project USA

http://www.birthingprojectusa.org

Evidence of Impact

N
This nonprofit has provided core services to minority youth in order to empower them. It trains professionals to mentor the youth to improve birth outcomes and reduce poverty.

Organizational Strengths

N
Other strengths of the program include its replication in other states as well as its good operation system.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could improve marketing strategies and IT.
California Black Women's Health Project (1 recommendation) They are a group that has a strong policy and movement building component. In California, CBWHP has built relationships with legislators, been able to influence state policy, and is training new women of color policy leaders through its ongoing policy training institutes.
California Black Women's Health Project
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http://www.cabwhp.org

Evidence of Impact

N
They are a group that has a strong policy and movement building component. In California, CBWHP has built relationships with legislators, been able to influence state policy, and is training new women of color policy leaders through its ongoing policy training institutes.

Organizational Strengths

N
Crystal Crawford is at the helm of this group and is deeply committed to its growth and sustainability. She has been able to put together an impressive board of directors, as well as bring in support from the California entertainment community.

Areas for Improvement

N
They do such great work that it seems that they would benefit from support to expand their strategic communications and increase their visibility.
Coalition Advancing Multipurpose Innovations (1 recommendation) Cami - formerly the CA Microbicides initiative - has convened high level researchers, academicians, policy makers and pharmaceutical companies to coalesce around new methodologies that both prevent STDs and unwanted pregnancy.
Coalition Advancing Multipurpose Innovations
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http://www.cami-health.com

Evidence of Impact

O
Cami - formerly the CA Microbicides initiative - has convened high level researchers, academicians, policy makers and pharmaceutical companies to coalesce around new methodologies that both prevent STDs and unwanted pregnancy.

Organizational Strengths

O
The group is making cutting edge inroads, enabling cross disciplinary conversations that heretofore have not happened. It is very excited and sooo needed!

Areas for Improvement

O
This is a brand new effort for CAMI. They need support for infrastructure development and technology -- specifically social networking advancing. As this is an international initiative they need to put in place the technology to ensure adequate communication capacity.
Community Abortion Information & Resource (1 recommendation) They help women with the funding of abortions.
Community Abortion Information & Resource

http://www.cairproject.org

Evidence of Impact

N
They help women with the funding of abortions.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their leaders are great since they are compassionate and really knowledgeable.

Areas for Improvement

N
They should get their name out more and tell more about what they do.
Disability Funders Network (1 recommendation) The collaboration of funders within sexual health and reproductive rights has probably made THE most significant impact based on their investment in and time spent on determining who the best investments of their limited resources are.
Disability Funders Network

http://www.disabilityfunders.org/sexuality

Evidence of Impact

N
The collaboration of funders within sexual health and reproductive rights has probably made THE most significant impact based on their investment in and time spent on determining who the best investments of their limited resources are.

Organizational Strengths

N
Some of the funders come from the reproductive health, rights, and justice field, which offers them invaluable perspectives as well as unparalleled abilities to provide feedback to and work with their grantees.

Areas for Improvement

N
It would be wonderful for this group -- for all funders of sexual and reproductive health -- to see how sexuality education is a key component of reproductive health, rights, and justice.
EMILY's List (1 recommendation) They have a great impact on supporting and electing pro-choice women candidates and on press coverage on the need of such candidates.
EMILY's List

http://www.emilyslist.org

Evidence of Impact

N
They have a great impact on supporting and electing pro-choice women candidates and on press coverage on the need of such candidates.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strengths lie in the size of organization, their strategic efforts/messaging, and their political impact.
Earth Policy Institute (1 recommendation) Well-researched documents make the link between population/ RH issues and the environment, climate change, food security, energy policy, etc.
Earth Policy Institute

http://www.earth-policy.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
Well-researched documents make the link between population/ RH issues and the environment, climate change, food security, energy policy, etc.

Organizational Strengths

R
Lester Brown gives intellectual leadership. They have excellent ability to reach policy makers and the public with their messages.

Areas for Improvement

R
They could have a quicker response to misinformation in the media.
Family Care International (1 recommendation) They have large conferences and the ability to raise funds.
Family Care International

http://www.familycareintl.org/en/home

Evidence of Impact

R
They have large conferences and the ability to raise funds.

Organizational Strengths

R
They have the vital ability to bring many smaller organizations together.

Areas for Improvement

R
The organization is very limited in their outlook.
Family Health International (1 recommendation) This organization has large reach around the world. It puts on programs that have demonstrated impact in improving reproductive health.
Family Health International
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http://www.fhi.org/en/index.htm

Evidence of Impact

R
This organization has large reach around the world. It puts on programs that have demonstrated impact in improving reproductive health.

Organizational Strengths

R
It has great research staff and strong finances.
Fellowship in Family Planning, Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health (1 recommendation) The Fellowship has produced outstanding physician researchers. This program may be responsible for a new generation of abortion providers and family planning experts.
Fellowship in Family Planning, Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health

http://bixbycenter.ucsf.edu/

Evidence of Impact

R
The Fellowship has produced outstanding physician researchers. This program may be responsible for a new generation of abortion providers and family planning experts.

Organizational Strengths

R
The fellowship seems to be an effective way to produce family planning leaders.
Feminist Abortion Network (1 recommendation) For over 30 years, feminist clinics around the country have provided tens of millions of women with reproductive health care, abortion care, and made it possible for women to decide their own futures. FAN is a network of the last remaining feminist clinics in the nation. Feminist clinics make a real difference in women's lives, one woman at a time, by treating the individual with dignity and respect and empowering her with health information that is new to her.
Feminist Abortion Network
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http://www.feministnetwork.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
For over 30 years, feminist clinics around the country have provided tens of millions of women with reproductive health care, abortion care, and made it possible for women to decide their own futures. FAN is a network of the last remaining feminist clinics in the nation. Feminist clinics make a real difference in women's lives, one woman at a time, by treating the individual with dignity and respect and empowering her with health information that is new to her.

Organizational Strengths

N
FAN's leaders are definitely a strength: some are the original founders, many are the subsequent generations of leaders. They work together with a commitment to skill/knowledge sharing, capacity building, and serving their local communities while collaboratively they have national impact.

Areas for Improvement

N
They need to get out the message that they exist.
Feminist Women's Health Center (1 recommendation) They work outside urban areas.
Feminist Women's Health Center

http://www.fwhc.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
They work outside urban areas.

Organizational Strengths

F
They have great stamina and are scrappy and committed.
Generations Ahead (1 recommendation) They had a profound impact on policy outcomes in regards to sex-selection abortion legislation proposed in Arizona in 2008-2009 and on discourse broadened in relation to reproductive and genetic technologies.
Generations Ahead
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http://www.generations-ahead.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They had a profound impact on policy outcomes in regards to sex-selection abortion legislation proposed in Arizona in 2008-2009 and on discourse broadened in relation to reproductive and genetic technologies.

Organizational Strengths

N
Leadership of the organization is a great strength. They have thoughtful, strategic planning for the organization's priorities. Research and writings provide important information for the larger RJ movement.
Intrahealth International (1 recommendation) They've made an impact in clinical training
Intrahealth International
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http://www.intrahealth.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They've made an impact in clinical training

Organizational Strengths

N
They have strong technical staff in two countries.

Areas for Improvement

N
They have an inconsistent approach to partnering -- country offices may take a highly competitive approach while corporate office works closely with partners.
Justice Now (1 recommendation) As the only teaching law clinic focused on the health needs of women in prison, Justice Now has assisted thousands of women in obtaining healthcare; compassionate release; defending their parental rights; mitigating their sentences; and gaining placements in community-based programs. They also raise the visibility and empowerment of women in prison. For example, they organized a campaign among incarcerated women in opposition to building a new women's prison in California, in which they obtained over 3,000 signatures from women in prison. The organization is also inspiring and training new generations of advocates. As an internship site, they provide young people with life-transforming opportunities to significantly engage in the work. They have also raised awareness about the needs of incarcerated women and brought these issues to the center of the reproductive justice movement by actively engaging in that movement.
Justice Now

http://www.justicenow.org

Evidence of Impact

R
As the only teaching law clinic focused on the health needs of women in prison, Justice Now has assisted thousands of women in obtaining healthcare; compassionate release; defending their parental rights; mitigating their sentences; and gaining placements in community-based programs. They also raise the visibility and empowerment of women in prison. For example, they organized a campaign among incarcerated women in opposition to building a new women's prison in California, in which they obtained over 3,000 signatures from women in prison. The organization is also inspiring and training new generations of advocates. As an internship site, they provide young people with life-transforming opportunities to significantly engage in the work. They have also raised awareness about the needs of incarcerated women and brought these issues to the center of the reproductive justice movement by actively engaging in that movement.

Organizational Strengths

R
Cynthia Chandler, the founder and Executive Director is a visionary and passionate leader. The organization is firmly committed to acting with, not just on behalf of, women in prison -- half their board is incarcerated women.

Areas for Improvement

R
They need to stabilize and expand their financial base.
Kaiser Family Foundation (1 recommendation) The information KFF disseminates impacts service providers, media representatives and experts in the field by keeping them very current. The daily emails are well-written, time-sensitive, and in-depth; the system is very well-run and counted on by so many.
Kaiser Family Foundation
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http://www.kff.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
The information KFF disseminates impacts service providers, media representatives and experts in the field by keeping them very current. The daily emails are well-written, time-sensitive, and in-depth; the system is very well-run and counted on by so many.

Organizational Strengths

O
Reach of publications is wide, particularly to the service providers and advocates. The website is excellent: easy to navigate, user-friendly, and up to date. This is a huge service to the field and leads to countless - and hard to count - impacts by alerting people to potential collaborations, triggering activism, etc.

Areas for Improvement

O
More marketing to general population would be beneficial.
MacArthur Foundation (1 recommendation) Dollars are less than the Gates Foundation but they have a strong justice-based mission to giving out money.
MacArthur Foundation
Silver-small

http://www.macfound.org/site/c.lkLXJ8MQKrH/b.3599935/k.1648/John_D__Catherine_T_MacArthur_Foundation.htm

Evidence of Impact

R
Dollars are less than the Gates Foundation but they have a strong justice-based mission to giving out money.
MergerWatch Project (1 recommendation) Mergerwatch serves a unique role in organizing to oppose religious hospital mergers and sales that would reduce access to reproductive health care. Very few people even know of this threat to reproductive health, and even fewer work on it. They have successfully educated local communities on the impact of these transactions, and have either stopped or modified many.
MergerWatch Project

http://www.mergerwatch.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Mergerwatch serves a unique role in organizing to oppose religious hospital mergers and sales that would reduce access to reproductive health care. Very few people even know of this threat to reproductive health, and even fewer work on it. They have successfully educated local communities on the impact of these transactions, and have either stopped or modified many.

Organizational Strengths

N
I would say the organization has a singular focus on this issue. They are also effective at public education and producing community based campaigns to oppose mergers.

Areas for Improvement

N
Their effectiveness is dependent upon the local communities' interest in fighting the merger. Because people don't know about this issue, often they are unopposed until it is too late. Greater public education on the issue would help this organization win far more battles.
Midwives and Mothers in Action Campaign (1 recommendation) This organization has created a coalition of the 6 national organization for federal recognition of the Certified Professional Midwife, which has a tremendous impact for improving birth outcomes, reducing maternal mortality, and increasing employment for women.
Midwives and Mothers in Action Campaign

http://www.mamacampaign.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
This organization has created a coalition of the 6 national organization for federal recognition of the Certified Professional Midwife, which has a tremendous impact for improving birth outcomes, reducing maternal mortality, and increasing employment for women.

Organizational Strengths

N
It has been strong with fundraising and marketing.

Areas for Improvement

N
This organization needs improvement in cultural competency and reaching a more diverse audience.
NYU School of Medicine - Center for Immigrant Health (1 recommendation) The Center for Immigrant Health, NYU School of Medicine, Division of Primary Care is dedicated to provide access to and quality of health care to immigrant women in New York City. Projects are planned with immigrant community-based organizations.
NYU School of Medicine - Center for Immigrant Health

http://www.med.nyu.edu/cih/

Evidence of Impact

R
The Center for Immigrant Health, NYU School of Medicine, Division of Primary Care is dedicated to provide access to and quality of health care to immigrant women in New York City. Projects are planned with immigrant community-based organizations.

Organizational Strengths

R
Their sensitivity to immigrant health problems and ability to form coalitions with other providers and CBOs and thus build on each other's strengths are very important. They have great leadership qualities to engage the medical community in women's health issues

Areas for Improvement

R
My information may be dated, but improvements are needed in operations management and fundraising.
National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health (1 recommendation) NPWH bring an the on-the-ground, in the trenches viewpoint on healthcare/reproductive rights to Capitol Hill by letting legislators know how 51% of their constituents (and all of NPWH patients) are affected by healthcare coverage, access to care, preventive medicine, and reproductive rights. Nurses carry a special authority with elected officials. They are able to get meetings and deliver messages more easily than other lobbying groups. When nurses talk about reproductive rights, they are taken seriously as healthcare professionals who aren't persuaded by particular religious, partisan, or secular viewpoints.
National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health

http://www.npwh.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=1

Evidence of Impact

N
NPWH bring an the on-the-ground, in the trenches viewpoint on healthcare/reproductive rights to Capitol Hill by letting legislators know how 51% of their constituents (and all of NPWH patients) are affected by healthcare coverage, access to care, preventive medicine, and reproductive rights. Nurses carry a special authority with elected officials. They are able to get meetings and deliver messages more easily than other lobbying groups. When nurses talk about reproductive rights, they are taken seriously as healthcare professionals who aren't persuaded by particular religious, partisan, or secular viewpoints.

Organizational Strengths

N
NPWH holds terrific briefings on Capitol Hill and around the country, educating policymakers and relaying stories from their members. They take strong, sound positions on healthcare -- particularly reproductive rights -- that conservative opposition finds it difficult to refute. Susan Wysocki, NPWH executive director, is a compelling spokesperson for the organization and for their issues.

Areas for Improvement

N
NPWH could use additional staff to reinforce their message, particularly at the state legislative level, where so many health insurance decisions are made. A website with "bells and whistles" would make the organization look as successful as it really is.
National Center for Youth Law (1 recommendation) NCYL's adolescent health staff is engaged in groundbreaking work on behalf of young women in foster care who need reproductive health services. It has also been an important partner in campaigns to secure reproductive health care for teenagers, e.g. in defeating California initiatives to require parental notification for abortion.
National Center for Youth Law
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http://www.youthlaw.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
NCYL's adolescent health staff is engaged in groundbreaking work on behalf of young women in foster care who need reproductive health services. It has also been an important partner in campaigns to secure reproductive health care for teenagers, e.g. in defeating California initiatives to require parental notification for abortion.

Organizational Strengths

N
Its staff has unparalleled expertise in the complex field of youth law -- the intersection between state, local and federal regulations. In addition, it brings together health professionals and advocates to be the voice of reason in an area that is frequently very charged (parental rights). It is a very reliable source of information for policymakers and advocates.

Areas for Improvement

N
NCYL could use more resources -- more researchers especially.
National Institutes of Health- National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (1 recommendation) Their funding of contraceptive development -- and their leadership in clinical research -- are irreplaceable.
National Institutes of Health- National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

http://www.nichd.nih.gov/

Evidence of Impact

N
Their funding of contraceptive development -- and their leadership in clinical research -- are irreplaceable.

Organizational Strengths

N
Training of junior clinical researchers and their new-ish focus on women's health are key strengths.
Pacific Institute for Women's Health (1 recommendation) They have impact in pharmacy access work and work with communities of women of color.
Pacific Institute for Women's Health

http://www.piwh.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
They have impact in pharmacy access work and work with communities of women of color.

Areas for Improvement

O
Sadly, they have run out of money.
Pathfinder International (1 recommendation) The approach of Pathfinder recognizes the connection between reproductive health, gender, social change, and global stability.
Pathfinder International
Silver-small

http://www.pathfind.org/site/PageServer

Evidence of Impact

R
The approach of Pathfinder recognizes the connection between reproductive health, gender, social change, and global stability.

Organizational Strengths

R
They have a beautiful philosophy and dedicated staff.
Political Research Associates (1 recommendation) It conducts very important research and analysis on the Right's attack on reproductive health, rights, and justice. It is launching a specific reproductive justice initiative.
Political Research Associates
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http://www.publiceye.org/index.php

Evidence of Impact

F
It conducts very important research and analysis on the Right's attack on reproductive health, rights, and justice. It is launching a specific reproductive justice initiative.

Organizational Strengths

F
It has strong knowledge on staff, highly regarded research and analysis, and strong executive leadership.

Areas for Improvement

F
Funding is fragile. The board needs to be strengthened. They could do better with communications and media -- getting their research out to the broader public.
Population Reference Bureau Inc (1 recommendation) This organization provides incredibly useful information for the public, researchers, and journalists on key Reproductive Health issues.
Population Reference Bureau Inc

http://www.prb.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
This organization provides incredibly useful information for the public, researchers, and journalists on key Reproductive Health issues.
Population Services International (1 recommendation) They are successful at social marketing of contraceptives, and improving access to life-saving products in many countries.
Population Services International
Silver-small

http://www.psi.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They are successful at social marketing of contraceptives, and improving access to life-saving products in many countries.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have strong leadership and creative business models.

Areas for Improvement

N
They need greater focus on transparency, publication, collaboration, and sharing of lessons learned.
Population and Development Program at Hampshire College (1 recommendation) PopDev has single-handedly put the resurgence of population control rhetoric and policies on the RJ/RH/RR map in the past few years. Through trainings and leadership development with their sister program, CLPP, as well as writing and publications, PopDev has educated a new cadre of activists that bring a much more critical approach to the intersection of environmental and reproductive health issues.
Population and Development Program at Hampshire College

http://popdev.hampshire.edu/

Evidence of Impact

N
PopDev has single-handedly put the resurgence of population control rhetoric and policies on the RJ/RH/RR map in the past few years. Through trainings and leadership development with their sister program, CLPP, as well as writing and publications, PopDev has educated a new cadre of activists that bring a much more critical approach to the intersection of environmental and reproductive health issues.

Organizational Strengths

N
The staff are brilliant writers and thinkers and are doing work that no one else is doing. They also get a lot done on a small budget.

Areas for Improvement

N
PopDev might benefit from a website overhaul and more media exposure through mainstream feminist blogs and other news sources.
Pro-Choice Resources (1 recommendation) They provide funding for abortion nationally to women in need through their national abortion fund, sex ed training to educators, and sex ed and health education and reproductive health programs for women in prison. They pilot and run Emerge, a program for women after they have had abortions to provide support and lay the groundwork for their participation in the movement.
Pro-Choice Resources
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http://www.prochoiceresources.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They provide funding for abortion nationally to women in need through their national abortion fund, sex ed training to educators, and sex ed and health education and reproductive health programs for women in prison. They pilot and run Emerge, a program for women after they have had abortions to provide support and lay the groundwork for their participation in the movement.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have a committed staff and many innovative ideas, including raising money and awareness and building the movement through a bowl-a-thon that involved many young women.

Areas for Improvement

N
It operates without enough capacity and they could strengthen their communications skills.
Public Health Institute (1 recommendation) They have highly visible publications -- either research articles or policy briefs -- that summarize key research issues in adolescent and young adult women's sexual health.
Public Health Institute
Silver-small

http://www.phi.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
They have highly visible publications -- either research articles or policy briefs -- that summarize key research issues in adolescent and young adult women's sexual health.

Organizational Strengths

R
Their research staff are diversified and well-respected in their fields of expertise.

Areas for Improvement

R
They have limited staffing and so resources are stretched thin in consulting and primary research.
RESOLVE (1 recommendation) RESOLVE runs local and national support groups and is a strong advocate for the infertile patient. Thus they serve not only the immediate needs of patients for information and support, but offer the often neglected voice of the patient in policy debates.
RESOLVE
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http://www.resolve.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
RESOLVE runs local and national support groups and is a strong advocate for the infertile patient. Thus they serve not only the immediate needs of patients for information and support, but offer the often neglected voice of the patient in policy debates.

Organizational Strengths

N
The skillful top-level staff leadership of RESOLVE has enabled them to survive the economic downturn that has hit other groups so hard.

Areas for Improvement

N
RESOLVE needs greater depth and the ability to advocate in all the state legislatures.
Sauti Yetu Center for African Women (1 recommendation) Since it's creation in 1995 as a project of RAINBO and subsequent independent establishment in 2004, Sauti Yetu has provided reproductive health services and education to African immigrant women in New York City and increasingly other parts of the US. SY provides a safe space for African immigrant women to discuss and address female circumcision and violence against women, among other issues. They have also been a key education resource on female circumcision for medical practitioners around the country.
Sauti Yetu Center for African Women

http://www.sautiyetu.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
Since it's creation in 1995 as a project of RAINBO and subsequent independent establishment in 2004, Sauti Yetu has provided reproductive health services and education to African immigrant women in New York City and increasingly other parts of the US. SY provides a safe space for African immigrant women to discuss and address female circumcision and violence against women, among other issues. They have also been a key education resource on female circumcision for medical practitioners around the country.

Organizational Strengths

F
Sauti Yetu's main strengths are its strong ties to the communities with which it works (its offices are in a neighborhood with a large African immigrant population) and a leader who comes from the community and has been able to gain the trust of the women and men to address sensitive cultural issues in a positive manner.

Areas for Improvement

F
They have few staff due to limited funding and high demand for their services. It is unclear if they have a multi-year strategy that could be the basis for a fundraising plan. They could also improve the marketing of the organization to attract more funding.
The Big Push for Midwives (1 recommendation) I include this group because it is an amazing example of effective on-line and grassroots organizing that has been missing for too long in the mainstream pro-choice movement. Birthing issues in general and home-birth in particular remain controversial issues in the reproductive health and rights mainstream. But this organization is producing legislative results with an energized and energetic base -- reminiscent of abortion rights activists pre-Roe.
The Big Push for Midwives

http://www.thebigpushformidwives.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
I include this group because it is an amazing example of effective on-line and grassroots organizing that has been missing for too long in the mainstream pro-choice movement. Birthing issues in general and home-birth in particular remain controversial issues in the reproductive health and rights mainstream. But this organization is producing legislative results with an energized and energetic base -- reminiscent of abortion rights activists pre-Roe.

Organizational Strengths

N
This is a relatively new organization but it has shown nimble use of on-line communications, small staff, and volunteers across the country. It has built on years of groundwork and come into existence with surprising strength and effectiveness.

Areas for Improvement

N
This birthing rights group includes activists who have been and are being excellent allies on pro-choice issues -- for example, helping to mobilize opposition to anti-choice legislation that could also be used to force pregnant women to have unnecessary cesarean surgery and other interventions. But, like other allied birthing rights groups we hope that some day they will step out and more explicitly join and endorse reproductive justice overall.
The Birth Place (1 recommendation) This organization created a successful outreach and midwifery program to reduce health disparities in FL vulnerable populations.
The Birth Place
Silver-small

http://www.commonsensechildbirth.org

Evidence of Impact

N
This organization created a successful outreach and midwifery program to reduce health disparities in FL vulnerable populations.

Organizational Strengths

N
Additional strengths of this organizations include its ability to create partnerships for policy change to improve birth outcomes and its promotion of its program as a national model.

Areas for Improvement

N
They would benefit from a specific marketing strategy and creating a curriculum.
The DC Abortion Fund (1 recommendation) DC Abortion Fund provides grants and loans to women in the Washington, D.C. region who cannot afford to pay for an abortion, providing lasting impact for women who otherwise would not be able to pay for an abortion. The DC Abortion Fund makes reproductive rights real for low-income women by providing a means for them to access the services.
The DC Abortion Fund

http://dcabortionfund.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
DC Abortion Fund provides grants and loans to women in the Washington, D.C. region who cannot afford to pay for an abortion, providing lasting impact for women who otherwise would not be able to pay for an abortion. The DC Abortion Fund makes reproductive rights real for low-income women by providing a means for them to access the services.

Organizational Strengths

N
The DC Abortion Fund is led by volunteers, which ensures that more funding goes directly to paying for services.

Areas for Improvement

N
Better communication and outreach to donors could result in increased funding/giving to the DC Abortion Fund. They also need to strengthen their visibility to normalize abortion and to make the case for why there should be federal funding for abortions for low-income women and why the Hyde and Helms amendments must be eliminated.
The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation (1 recommendation) They are the only organization I know of that provides funding for abortion related research.
The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation

http://www.buffettscholarships.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
They are the only organization I know of that provides funding for abortion related research.

Areas for Improvement

R
Their focus on training abortion providers, while essential, is a bit too narrow. Other programs have been cut.
West Virginia Free (1 recommendation) While based in West Virginia, this group has been a leader in state politics for reproductive justice in a way that has educated and informed other state-level work and national organizing. They were able to stave off attempts by the Right to eliminate state Medicaid funding for abortion for two years in a row (in collaboration with national supporters including the National Network of Abortion Funds and rhtp). They have run innovative EC campaigns that have been used in other states. They are currently monitoring how health care reform may be a vehicle to either help or hurt abortion coverage. They lend their expertise with national reproductive justice and other nationally-coordinating state policy efforts.
West Virginia Free

http://www.wvfree.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
While based in West Virginia, this group has been a leader in state politics for reproductive justice in a way that has educated and informed other state-level work and national organizing. They were able to stave off attempts by the Right to eliminate state Medicaid funding for abortion for two years in a row (in collaboration with national supporters including the National Network of Abortion Funds and rhtp). They have run innovative EC campaigns that have been used in other states. They are currently monitoring how health care reform may be a vehicle to either help or hurt abortion coverage. They lend their expertise with national reproductive justice and other nationally-coordinating state policy efforts.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have fantastic staff leadership, are political savvy, and very collaborative.

Areas for Improvement

N
They need more capacity to build even more and to help inform efforts nationally to protect the state Medicaid program for abortion.
Western States Center (1 recommendation) The Gender Justice Program at Western States Center brings critical capacity building and training on reproductive justice issues to organizations across the Pacific Northwest, making these groups more effective in their organizing and advocacy work. The tools that they have developed, especially around LGBTQ equality, have been used not only by groups in the Pacific Northwest, but by groups and funders around the country to improve their advocacy and support for this constituency.
Western States Center

http://www.westernstatescenter.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
The Gender Justice Program at Western States Center brings critical capacity building and training on reproductive justice issues to organizations across the Pacific Northwest, making these groups more effective in their organizing and advocacy work. The tools that they have developed, especially around LGBTQ equality, have been used not only by groups in the Pacific Northwest, but by groups and funders around the country to improve their advocacy and support for this constituency.

Organizational Strengths

N
Western States Center is a well-respected leader in the region and their Gender Justice staff provide a wealth of expertise and training around organizational development, strategic thinking, and movement building. They are a critical resource to the region in terms of their leadership on reproductive justice.
Women's Community Clinic (1 recommendation) It is the only free reproductive health clinic in Bay Area.
Women's Community Clinic

http://www.womenscommunityclinic.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
It is the only free reproductive health clinic in Bay Area.
Women's Funding Network (1 recommendation) WFN works with women's funds/foundations nationally (and internationally), many of which fund in the area of reproductive rights. Their technical support of their member funds strengthens the entire sector, increasing the availability of funds to support reproductive rights work.
Women's Funding Network
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http://www.womensfundingnetwork.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
WFN works with women's funds/foundations nationally (and internationally), many of which fund in the area of reproductive rights. Their technical support of their member funds strengthens the entire sector, increasing the availability of funds to support reproductive rights work.

Organizational Strengths

F
Chris Grumm, the CEO, is visionary. Their membership support services (members = women's funds) are very good, and they are actively engaged in trying to develop young leaders.

Areas for Improvement

F
Focus is broader than reproductive rights so other issues may take precedence. Not all of their member funds are actively engaged in reproductive rights work.
Women's Law Project (1 recommendation) They have been involved with litigating Supreme Court cases about reproductive rights, from Thornburgh to Casey through both Carharts. They are litigating cases around the country involving pregnant women's rights to autonomy.
Women's Law Project

http://www.womenslawproject.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
They have been involved with litigating Supreme Court cases about reproductive rights, from Thornburgh to Casey through both Carharts. They are litigating cases around the country involving pregnant women's rights to autonomy.

Organizational Strengths

R
Leadership, staff, and excellent vision are their strengths.
Women's Media Center (1 recommendation) They are small, but mighty. They were one of the few to fight the Hyde amendment during health reform debate rather than calling the Capps amendment a "good compromise". Again, I believe media has been our weak link and the WMC is the media and works to influence the media's narrative about women in general, with reproductive rights and justice as a top priority.
Women's Media Center
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http://www.womensmediacenter.com/

Evidence of Impact

O
They are small, but mighty. They were one of the few to fight the Hyde amendment during health reform debate rather than calling the Capps amendment a "good compromise". Again, I believe media has been our weak link and the WMC is the media and works to influence the media's narrative about women in general, with reproductive rights and justice as a top priority.

Organizational Strengths

O
They have celebrity connections with media. SheSource women's database is for reporters to find women expert spokespersons. The Progressive Women's Voices program trains and pitches prochoice women to get more and better media coverage.

Areas for Improvement

O
As a younger organization, it needs infrastructure building in general.
Women's Medical Fund (1 recommendation) The Womens Medical Fund is a small non-profit that assists women in getting abortions through education and direct financial assistance. The tiny but mighty group of women work specifically and tirelessly on abortion access, public education on abortion, and publicly challenging the effects of the Hyde Amendment on poor women. Their reach includes Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.
Women's Medical Fund

http://womensmedicalfund.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
The Womens Medical Fund is a small non-profit that assists women in getting abortions through education and direct financial assistance. The tiny but mighty group of women work specifically and tirelessly on abortion access, public education on abortion, and publicly challenging the effects of the Hyde Amendment on poor women. Their reach includes Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.

Organizational Strengths

R
The WMF has the finest Executive Director I've ever encountered. She has grown the organization in so many ways while keeping the financial focus on women. She has personally touched the lives and careers of many women that work in reproductive rights as nurses, counselors, lawyers, administrators, etc. The WMF embraces diversity and is able to infiltrate women's groups, making their focus important in the outsiders' eyes -- they help these women to see that we are all the same and that poverty is the real issue.

Areas for Improvement

R
The organization's latest needs assessment showed that they are reaching just 20% of the population that needs their services -- growth and continued fundraising is essential for true success.
Women's Options Centers at SF General and UCSF (1 recommendation) It provides safety net abortion services for women in Northern California who cannot be seen anywhere else because of medical problems or Medi-Cal in the late 2nd trimester.
Women's Options Centers at SF General and UCSF

http://https://obgyn.ucsf.edu/sfgh/clinics/our_clinics/services.aspx

Evidence of Impact

R
It provides safety net abortion services for women in Northern California who cannot be seen anywhere else because of medical problems or Medi-Cal in the late 2nd trimester.
Women's Voices for the Earth (1 recommendation) WVE is a longstanding environmental rights organization but has been very involved in reproductive rights for some years. They started this work from seeing how harmful toxic chemicals and house cleaning products were on women's reproductive health. Although this is a small group based out of Montana, they have had a good amount of impact. They have waged state and national campaigns against corporations. Recently, they successfully campaigned against a corporation and got them to list every ingredient in their cleaning products (which had previously been left off the packaging).
Women's Voices for the Earth
Silver-small

http://www.womenandenvironment.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
WVE is a longstanding environmental rights organization but has been very involved in reproductive rights for some years. They started this work from seeing how harmful toxic chemicals and house cleaning products were on women's reproductive health. Although this is a small group based out of Montana, they have had a good amount of impact. They have waged state and national campaigns against corporations. Recently, they successfully campaigned against a corporation and got them to list every ingredient in their cleaning products (which had previously been left off the packaging).

Organizational Strengths

F
WVE is a great model of working at the intersection of reproductive rights and environmental rights and, therefore, is a great model of how funders can support the base building of two related movements. WVE is also a great team player -- it's always looking for other groups, specifically women of color-led groups, to collaborate with for the biggest wins.

Areas for Improvement

F
WVE is a smart and ambitious organization. However, they could benefit from strategic planning to focus them more on a few campaigns they could be very successful in as opposed to many projects they could be "good" in.
World Association for Sexual Health (1 recommendation) They work internationally for sexual rights.
World Association for Sexual Health

http://www.worldsexology.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
They work internationally for sexual rights.

Organizational Strengths

R
They have a dedicated volunteer advisory board and board of directors
World Hope International (1 recommendation) WHI works in several countries on anti-human trafficking issues. They collaborated in a network of community-based and advocacy organizations in Cambodia to produce change at the legal level (changing legislation), judicial level (training judges), criminal prosecution (eradicating corruption among the police), and individual level (providing services to women who have been rescued).
World Hope International
Silver-small

http://https://www.worldhope.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
WHI works in several countries on anti-human trafficking issues. They collaborated in a network of community-based and advocacy organizations in Cambodia to produce change at the legal level (changing legislation), judicial level (training judges), criminal prosecution (eradicating corruption among the police), and individual level (providing services to women who have been rescued).

Organizational Strengths

R
The projects in micro-finance and anti-human trafficking are culturally sensitive and seek to empower the community to address the problems themselves. The projects are designed to facilitate sustainability and exit plans of international intervention.

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