Reproductive Justice

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Updated August 1, 2006

Values and Philosophy
General Service Foundation's core values include a commitment to democracy, human rights, social justice, diversity, equity, and access to appropriate information and resources.

We recognize that lasting change does not happen overnight, and believe that if we are to advance the health and well-being of women and girls it is important to invest in the long term. We are committed to investing in leadership development and building the capacity of key organizations in the reproductive health and rights field.

We believe that in order to bring about change in the lives of women and girls in the United States, the reproductive health movement needs to embrace and address a comprehensive reproductive health agenda. While access to safe abortion is an integral component of a reproductive health agenda, we believe that the narrow focus on abortion has served to limit the potential of the movement. Consequently, we are interested in supporting organizations that work on a broad range of reproductive health and rights issues that includes, but is not limited to, abortion.

We also believe that in order to be effective, the reproductive health and rights movement must articulate and address the needs of all women, including women of color, low-income women, and young women. First and foremost, we seek to support those organizations that are catalyzing the transformation of the field into a diverse, powerful movement that is connected to a broader social justice and human rights community.

We seek to be sensitive to the needs and priorities of the organizations seeking funding. To that end, we consider requests for both general support and project-specific grants. In order to help provide stable support and reduce the burden of reporting and fundraising, we also offer multi-year grants to those organizations with which the Foundation has established long-term relationships.

Program Goal
The goal of the Foundation's Reproductive Health and Rights program is to ensure that all women and girls in the U.S. have the power and resources to make healthy decisions about their bodies, sexuality, and reproduction.

Program Strategies
The foundation supports organizations and projects engaged in leadership development, organizing, education, policy research and advocacy.

In assessing potential grantees, the Foundation will place a priority on those organizations and projects that meet the following criteria:

Vision - Does the organization or project have a broad approach to reproductive health issues? Does it have a vision of how it hopes to effect social change? Does it work collaboratively with colleagues inside the reproductive health and rights movement and/or allies in other movements (i.e. human rights, social justice, the environment)? Does the organization see its work as connected to other social movements or issues?

Leadership - Is the organization considered a leader in the field? Does it take risks and try new ideas and strategies? Is the organization dedicated to enhancing the skills, knowledge and responsibilities of its staff and members? Does the organization build and maintain secondary leadership?

Diversity - Is the organization and/or its programs led by individuals who reflect the diversity of its constituency and membership? Does it build diversity on its staff and board? Do its outreach and strategies reflect its commitment to diversity?

Community - Is the organization or project addressing needs identified by the people directly impacted by the issues or policies? Is it helping to build communities' power so they are able to be a force for change? Is it reaching out to and building new and diverse constituencies?

The Foundation does not fund:
Direct service delivery, unless it is linked to policy and advocacy
Projects without significant promise of impact beyond a local or state level
Research and publications not directly linked to policy outcomes
Projects outside the United States
NARAL or Planned Parenthood affilliates


Program Contacts:

Holly Bartling