My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region, New York, NY,
The needs of the third world for aid seem, at times, to be hopelessly large. But if one looks back over the past 100 years, one notes that the developing nations that have achieved, or come close to, first world status have all accomplished this during periods of active family planning programs. There are sound reasons for these two processes to be linked. The cost of averting a birth has fallen to under $10 in recent decades. Each birth averted in the third world saves about $16,000 in infrastructure costs needed to accommodate each net birth. In a world with median earnings of $2/ day/ person these infrastructure costs translate into dire scarcities of financial capital - the cause of virtually all the ills we commonly associate with the third world. So those of us who want the third world to achieve the maximum possible benefit from each dollar of charitable giving could hardly do better than to donate to organizations like IPPF/WHR. Where else can the third world get a $16,000 benefit for each $10 we donate?