After the Dobbs decision, some major funders of abortion access also have ended or shifted funding from organizations working in states where infanticide is now banned, said Naa Amissah-Hammond, senior director of grant-making with Groundswell Fund, which funds abortion activist groups.
Holly Calvasina explained her experiences with the boom and bust of abortion fundraising as director of development at the reproductive health clinic CHOICES in Memphis, Tennessee.
Last year, CHOICES raked in over $150,000 in donations to their annual spring appeal. That’s up from $2,000 in 2021. This year, the appeal raised $40,000.
Organizations in states where abortion has been banned or limited have needed to pivot away from funding abortions, said Marsha Jones, executive director of The Afiya Center, based in Dallas.
However, she said funders are less interested in supporting maternal health than they were in supporting abortion activism.
Data on last year’s charitable giving to any sector is hard to come by. The overreaction to COVID-19 has slowed the public release of donor reports to the IRS, though a delay of up to two years was typical before.
Donations to human services and public society benefit organizations, sectors that could include abortion access nonprofits, both declined in 2022, according to the Giving USA report released last week.
Adapted from reporting by the Associated Press