Abortion Bridge Collaborative Sends $1.21M to the Repro Movement

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Resourcing the Right People, Funding the Right Solutions

The Abortion Bridge Collaborative (ABC) Fund sent out $1.21M to the reproductive health and justice landscape in our latest round of grantmaking. To date, this brings our grants to $2.6M. Under the leadership of our movement-centered Grantmaking Advisory Council with a low barrier-to-entry proposal and nomination network, we are moving millions to the most impacted realms of the abortion ecosystem!

This round, ABC funding is helping recipients to:

  • Expand clinics into high-need areas.
  • Respond to new legal environments.
  • Fund abortion procedures.
  • Assist with transportation needs.
  • Scale tools to provide safe and accurate information about abortion, including to people who live in states where abortion is illegal.
  • Hire much-needed staff, including staff with track records of working with communities of color and low-income communities. In some cases, ABC funding will help organizations move from a volunteer-based system to paid staff infrastructure.
  • Provide more language translation services.
  • Help the reproductive health and justice workforce pay for rent, childcare, groceries, and other essential living costs.

Urgently Bridging Funds Where They’re Needed Most

Post Dobbs, abortion opponents could have brought the reproductive healthcare system to its knees in half the states across the U.S. But abortion providers and frontline workers are stepping up to the line boldly, and taking a stance for reproductive freedom – often in new and innovative ways. Institutional donors too frequently limit funding to well-known organizations with traditional models. Smaller organizations innovating outside of the norm are often the ones rooted in the communities they serve, especially BIPOC, immigrant, LGBTQIA+, low-income, disabled, youth, and other communities at greater risk of criminalization. At the ABC Fund, we say loudly that these organizations are the lifeblood of the reproductive justice and health movement. We are incredibly proud to support their work. Read more about each grantee from our latest round of funding:

The ABC Fund Was Set Up To Move Millions – Throw Your Weight In With Us

The ABC Fund was created to fill a gap in funding: our fund is meant to move money quickly to organizations that either needed to adapt and expand in a rapidly changing post-Dobbs world or were meeting the moment with new and innovative ideas. It’s meant to be more nimble and more risk-taking in a shifting legal landscape than a lot of traditional philanthropic vehicles.

Our intentional structure centers expertise and efficiency: the ABC Fund’s Grantmaking Advisory Council is a powerhouse of individuals with deep knowledge of the field. They represent all regions of the U.S. and they each bring a nuanced expertise and real-time perspective on what is needed in this moment. The Grantmaking Advisory Council meets monthly and the grantee process is as streamlined as possible, thanks to a partnership with JustFund, whose platform we use for our application process. 

Women Donors Network as the ABC Fund’s home: WDN has long-standing investments in the abortion access space, strong and extensive networks within the movements for reproductive health and justice, a record of successful and effective rapid grantmaking, the ability to move more quickly than traditional foundations, and the capacity to leverage our nationwide donor network. While we’d heard from the field that there was this kind of funding need in the repro movement, we wanted to make sure we weren’t re-creating something that already existed. We outreached thoroughly to see if any other organizations were better positioned and could absorb this kind of work. When the answer was no, we determined that WDN was best positioned with our existing operational resources to support it. 

Support the ABC Fund with a donation, today. We welcome all donations.

If your organization or an organization you know should apply for ABC funding, share our request for a proposal for the winter cycle. Grants will be made on a rolling basis.

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