Bold Action for Reproductive Justice in the Year Post-Dobbs

WFN Members Drive Progress Amidst Funding Challenges in the Year Post-Dobbs

Dear Colleagues,

Philanthropic giving from large foundations to local reproductive justice organizations has barely moved in the year post-Dobbs. Early forecasts show that donors have not renewed 2022 gifts, and national foundations have yet to expand their portfolios to reflect the reality of being outspent up to 6 times by those who oppose bodily autonomy.

Thankfully WFN members, once again, are bucking the trend. Before Dobbs, our survey of members indicated that about 70 percent of them funded and/or advocated for reproductive justice – including abortion care. Today, it’s about 90 percent. For a geographically diverse alliance that moves about $1.4 billion annually in local grants to movement leaders – a 20% increase in less than a year means our network understands there’s no time to fence sit. Real investment is needed now – and real investment is on the way.

Women’s funds connected through WFN’s global alliance are the best philanthropic leaders to solidify the local infrastructure needed to fight for reproductive justice for all. While many foundations double down on large national groups, services, and palliative, short-term solutions – I’m so proud that you are boldly moving a clear agenda aimed at transforming power for the long term.

Thank you again for all you do.

In solidarity,

Elizabeth Barajas-Román
Women’s Funding Network 
President & CEO

Philanthropy Advocacy Letters from Elizabeth