By Dave Andrusko
If you read only the headline in the story that appeared in Inside Philanthropy, or skimmed the paragraphs, you’d think there was almost some sort of parity: big-time donors give pretty much the same to pro-life and pro-abortion organizations.
That conclusion could hardly be further from the truth. Big-time money goes almost exclusively to the likes of Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation.
Warren Buffett is one of the absolutely richest men in the world. As Kiersten Marek explains, the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation [STBF] is “named after Warren Buffett’s late wife and bankrolled by Buffet family wealth.” The foundation, she explains,
is the most important player by far in the abortion space. STBF has given tens of millions of dollars to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, as well state affiliates, since 2010. The foundation gave over $35 million in 2014 alone. We don’t yet have data for 2015, but we’re betting that the pattern has continued, with the biggest grants going to Planned Parenthood’s national infrastructure and a range of smaller ones going to state affiliates.
That is only one of the major funders of the Abortion Industry, according to Marek’s account. There is the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Marek writes
The next-largest donor to the fight for reproductive health and justice is the Hewlett Foundation, which has given over $10 million to support Planned Parenthood’s U.S. work since 2010. While that figure is significant, it is less than a 10th of what STBF gave. Likewise, Hewlett is a big supporter of the National Abortion Federation, though it doesn’t approach the level of STBF, with grants to NAF totaling under $4 million since 2010. A range of other groups advocating for abortion rights have also received Hewlett money. They include the National Women’s Law Center, Guttmacher Institute, and Center for Reproductive Rights.
Who else? Obviously George Soros’ “Open Society Foundations” would have his hand in this:
OSF is not widely associated with the reproductive rights struggle, but it makes sense that it would be, and grantmaking confirms that the Soros-backed foundation has given big at different points. In 2012, it made a $13.2 million grant to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and at least $5 million in other OSF grants have gone to that group since 2010.
That grantmaking reflects an announced $20 million investment in 2011 to be distributed over a four-year period, with the specific purpose of building centers in South and Southeast regions of the U.S. for reproductive health services.
Then there is the David and Lucile Packard Foundation
The Packard Foundation is another longtime player in the reproductive rights space. And, through its program for Population and Reproductive Health, is another key funder of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, giving over $7 million to this group since 2011. Packard also backs the National Abortion Federation to the tune of around $2.2 million in the past few years. In addition, Packard grants fund smaller pro-choice groups such as NARAL, which has pulled in $400,000 in the past few years. The Center for Reproductive Rights, another popular group among funders, has received over $2 million in Packard money since 2011. The National Women’s Law Center has also gotten steady funding.
There are many other big-time funders, including a newcomer, the JPB Foundation which
gave Planned Parenthood Federation of America a total of $6 million in 2012 and 2013.
That’s why our Movement relies on many, many contributions, however small, from ordinary Americans. As is the case in many dimensions of the abortion struggle, financially, it is David versus Goliath.
Tip of the hat to LifeNews.