After Roe, philanthropic sector should prioritize organizations that support reproductive justice and women’s rights

After Roe, Philanthropic Sector Should Prioritize Organizations that Support Reproductive Justice and Women’s Rights

Statement from Silicon Valley Community Foundation CEO Nicole Taylor on the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade

The Supreme Court's decision on June 24 effectively overturned 50 years of a woman’s constitutional right to reproductive healthcare — a right that has enabled women to more equally participate in society and has had many benefits for women and their families. Now, that right will be out of reach for millions of Americans. The result will be severe economic and personal consequences, especially for low-income women and women of color, who have long faced barriers to accessing reproductive healthcare. While California will continue to protect abortion access, the court’s decision will drive many women from states that ban abortion to seek care here, straining the capacities of healthcare providers. The end of Roe v. Wade could trigger up to a 3,000% increase in out-of-state patients seeking abortion care in California, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

Abortion access is an important healthcare issue — but it has much broader implications for women’s rights, opportunities and economic security. Women’s ability to make decisions about their own reproductive health has improved gender equity through educational attainment, wages, and labor market outcomes. And what affects women affects their families and larger communities, often for generations.

Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s vision is that our community is united to create an equitable, economically secure, vibrant future for everyone in Silicon Valley. We trust women to make their own decisions as they pursue equitable, fulfilling, secure lives for themselves — particularly when it comes to their own bodies and health.

As many states seek to further curb women’s access to reproductive healthcare, California and Silicon Valley can lead the nation as a place of refuge. We commend our partners in the public sector — including the state legislature and supervisors in both San Mateo and Santa Clara counties — for pledging millions of dollars to expand abortion access in California. The philanthropic sector should help enable this by supporting community leaders and organizations that work for reproductive justice, as well as housing, education, job opportunities, childcare, and other resources that have an outsized impact on women, their families, and our communities.

As the nation’s largest community foundation, we will continue to invest in organizations that reduce systemic disparities in order to create a more equitable future where women’s rights and dignity are prioritized and respected.
 

Giving List for Reproductive Health Care and Justice and Gender Equity

SVCF offers the following curated list of organizations whose programs address access to reproductive health care and justice and gender equity.

If you are a fundholder at SVCF and wish to give through your advised fund to one of the organizations listed below, you may use our online donor portal to recommend a grant, or you may contact your philanthropy advisor or send an email to philanthropyteam@siliconvalleycf.org. Corporate partners of SVCF may also contact their philanthropy advisors directly.

Local

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte
Planned Parenthood Mar Monte invests in communities by providing health care and education, and by expanding rights and access for all. It operates more than 30 health centers in mid-California and Northern Nevada serving over 200,000 patients each year.

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte is based in San Jose.

State-wide

Access Reproductive Justice
Access Reproductive Justice is working toward a future where all people in California have the freedom and resources necessary to make empowered and dignified decisions about their sexual and reproductive health, including the decision to have an abortion, without shame or stigma and regardless of their race, religion, immigration or economic status.

Access Reproductive Justice is based in Oakland.

National

Abortion Care Network
Abortion Care Network (ACN) is the national association for independent, community-based abortion care providers and allies.

ACN is based in Washington, D.C. 

Support gender equity

URGE (Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity)

URGE builds power and sustains young people’s movement for reproductive justice by centering the leadership of young people of color who are women, queer, trans, nonbinary and people of low-income.

URGE is based in Washington, D.C.

Support legal efforts on gender justice

National Women’s Law Center (NWLC)

The National Women’s Law Center fights for gender justice in the courts, in public policy and in our society, working across issues that are central to the lives of women and girls.

NWLC is based in Washington, D.C.