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The Funders Network is a network of grantmakers who address issues of population and reproductive health, rights and justice, both in the United States and internationally. Its members share a common goal: to ensure that all people have access to the information and services they need to manage their own fertility and to protect and promote their sex-ual and reproductive health. To that end, the Funders Network seeks to improve communication, foster collaboration, increase resources and enhance the overall effectiveness of grantmaking in this field.
Founded in 1997, the Network has a membership of more than 50 foundations that jointly give between $500 million and $1 billion per year to organizations undertaking population and reproductive health and rights initiatives. The Network convenes two conferences per year, bringing funders together to hear from experts in the field on topical issues and to spend time sharing information and exploring collaboration. Other services include phone briefings, webinars, online grantmaker directory, searchable online grants database, informative reports and analyses, and a news bulletin. Many of our resources are available to members on the Network’s website, www.fundersnet.org.
Meetings are a centerpiece of the Network’s programming. Each year, the Network holds two conferences: a spring Washington Briefing, which provides updates on and analysis of policy and politics that affect reproductive health and rights; and a fall Annual Meeting, which covers a broad range of topics of interest to funders in this field. Both meetings offer ample opportunities to learn from experts in the field and to confer and strategize with colleagues. In addition, the Network often convenes meetings on timely topics, either in person or via conference call.
Working Groups (Members Only)
The Funders Network nurtures collaboration by convening “working groups” of funders with shared interests. Currently, we maintain six working groups on: international issues; strengthening the role and leadership of Women of Color within the reproductive health and rights movement in the United States; public funding of abortion; youth leadership and engagement; state-level and population. The working groups meet in person and by telephone to exchange information about grantmaking strategy and new initiatives. They also serve a co-learning function: members identify shared needs for information and charge the Network staff or consultants with compiling that information. Each working group has a dedicated listserv used by members to exchange information, ideas and to issue queries to the group. To participate in a working group, you must be a current member of the Funders Network.
Funders Network Listservs (Members Only)
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Grants Database (Members Only)
The Funders Network’s online grants database compiles, classifies and tracks every grant made for population and reproductive health and rights work by member foundations. The database is available online to Network members. Grants are classified by six “facets”: issue addressed, strategy, population targeted, audience, geographic focus and type of support, providing an unparalleled source of information about funding trends in this field. The database helps funders avoid duplication, identify funding gaps, compile funding data and analyze trends in our sector.
Grantmaker Directory (Members Only)
The Funders Network publishes an annual online directory of foundations that make grants in the field of population, reproductive health and rights. The directory, which is available to members only, includes contact information, some funding trends and a percentage breakdown of participating foundations’ grantmaking in this area.
Phone Briefings & Webinars (Members Only)
We provide phone briefings and webinars on topics of interest. These briefings feature top resource people, and support is provided by Funders Network staff and our communications infrastructure. Members may request a briefing around a topic of their choice; some are recorded and archived for access by members only on our website.
Outreach and Engagement
The Funders Network's outreach and engagement project seeks to identify and reach potential new members and new sources of funding for population, reproductive health and rights. As part of that effort, the Network is working to raise the profile of our issues within the philanthropic community. Network staff are also cultivating a prospect list of foundations that might be interested in entering the field or increasing their contributions in this area.
The Funders Network on Population
Note: The Network does not have a physical office space. Staff members work from home, making the Network a “vir- tual” organization. The Rockville address is the official address of the organization, and information or materials sent to that address will reach the appropriate staff person.
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