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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Domestic Violence, Family Planning, Family Violence Shelters, Health, Homeless & Housing, International, International Development, International Human Rights, Reproductive Rights

Mission: Our Vision: IPPF envisages a world in which all women, men and young people have access to the information and services they need; a world in which sexuality is recognized both as a natural and precious aspect of life and as a fundamental human right; a world in which choices are fully respected and where stigma and discrimination have no place. Our Mission: IPPF aims to improve the quality of life of individuals by campaigning for sexual and reproductive health and rights through advocacy and services, especially for poor and vulnerable people. We defend the right of all young people to enjoy their sexual lives free from ill health, unwanted pregnancy, violence and discrimination. We support a woman’s right to choose to terminate her pregnancy legally and safely. We strive to eliminate sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and reduce the spread and impact of HIV/AIDS. What We Believe: We see a world where women and men everywhere have control over their own bodies, and therefore their destinies. A world where they are free to choose parenthood or not; free to decide how many children they will have and when; free to pursue healthy sexual lives without fear of unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. A world where gender or sexuality are no longer a source of inequality or stigma.

Target demographics: ensure access to sexual and reproductive health care as a human right for all.

Direct beneficiaries per year: millions of people though providing nearly 33 million services—such as contraception and gynecological consultations—in nearly every country in the Americas and the Caribbean and helped safeguard 37 national policies and legislation in support of sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Geographic areas served: the Americas and the Caribbean

Programs: We believe that every individual is entitled to quality health care and a life free of violence and discrimination. We reach young people and poor communities with free or subsidized sexual and reproductive health services in a region characterized by high rates of adolescent pregnancy and extreme income inequality.

Community Stories

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 3

I gave a pretty significant donation (4 or 5 figures US$) a few years ago. In the letter I sent with my donation, I was very clear that:
1) the donation was anonymous, and
2) I did not want a lot of hard copy mail telling me about their work. that I'd prefer to get info about their work from their web site and that they save printing /mailing costs to use for their programs.

Despite that, they are still sending me thick mailings of info. I emailed, called, and sent the stuff back saying "refused" and "take off your mailing list" I still keep getting fairly expensive mailings from them, even though I only gave that one time.

I hope they did better on my request for anonymity but I don't trust them for honoring or respecting donor's requests.

Review from CharityNavigator

1 Lodz J.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I honestly think that IPPF/WHR has it all. Great people, great mission and an environment that brings out the best in people. I think the work is critical and the managers understand working hard and having a life outside the office. Another important thing that this organization has or has infused in their culture is the need to want to be better. I think this is critically important because they will never stop fighting for women, children, and families.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

La labor impulsada por IPPF en Latinoamérica es de gran importancia en el desarrollo social, principalmente en el reconocimiento y ejercicio de los derechos de las mujeres, en la participación conjunta de la pareja en la planificación de la familia y en el establecimiento de servicios médicos de calidad. En mi opinión, la institución está conformada por personas con altos valores éticos y comprometidos con la labor que desarrollan.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

Is one of the few organizations dedicated to building institutional capacity while also supporting client services in sexual and reproductive health. Their work in clinical systems and application of meaningful use of clinical data is transforming decision support systems in the clnics of Latin American affiliates. This is indicative of a forward lookiing organization that places great value on efficint high quality health care for all women, regardless of economic level.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a retired OB/GYN. For more than thirty years I had a private practice that served women with insurance and medicaid. I worked for Planned Parenthood in several different roles, as a volunteer while a student, as a board member when I was a doctor, and as a medical director near the end of my career. There are many women who do not have access to health care because they are not on medicaid and they do not have insurance. There are also younger women who do not have access because of fear and ignorance. Planned Parenthood is the only organization that reaches out to all women, rich and poor, young and old, educated and illiterate. All are served.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Planned Parenthood is a critical safety net for the growing number of American women who cannot afford medical insurance and who are challenged by often raising their children on their own without the funds to even put food on the table let alone manage their own critical healthcare. I am glad that more information about the pivotal role they play is being understood and welcomed by a growing number of Americans, squelching the militant agenda of anti-Planned Parenthood radical groups.

Stan B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My experiences with IPPF/WHR have mostly been at elevated levels of global and regional policy discussions and programme review, but I have seen them work with people recognized and promoted from more grass roots activities and recognize and value their various contributions and how they model responsible and, at times, courageous behavior that advances women’s welfare. I have had the pleasure of working with members of the organization for over a decade, most intensively during the period five to seven years ago, and treasure their dedication and focus.
IPPF/WHR seeks to improve the sexual and reproductive health of women, and men, throughout the hemisphere and the world. Talented people devote themselves to providing access to quality services at the local level, fostering closer relations and effective partnerships with champions and pioneers at community and national levels and working tirelessly to see that policy makers value women’s needs and opportunities. They champion a respectful human rights perspective to empower women in all aspects of their lives and give special attention to poor and neglected community members, most particularly to young people, whose perspectives they fully respect and reinforce. They help give voice to the unheard. They do their work even in inhospitable settings, where cultural and religious traditions constrain opportunities and choices.
I have attended regional meetings and seen vivid exchanges by members on how to improve relations with community members, how to use courts and human rights bodies to improve access to health services and how to improve the accountability of governments to implement their pledges made at international conferences. I have had the pleasure of following their publications and communications, which engage readers and provide them with evidence and information they need. I have seen several extraordinary young women advance through the organization (and sometimes move out into significant positions outside) after demonstrating their effectiveness locally. They are an inspiration to all of us in the field. Latin America is a model to the world on how women can mobilize to demand and obtain their rights, including to access to resources and health services and to freedom from gender-based violence. IPPF/WHR has been a tireless actor and engaged partner, with many others, working to make continued progress a reality.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

IPPF/WHR is a strong organization, which delivers excellent sexual and reproductive health serivces across the Americas and the Caribbean. As the Regional Office of the broader International Planned Parenthood Federation, this organization provides excellent support to its member organizations, and through these members organizations provides exceptional services to the young people, women and families who need it most. Accoutability and transparency are key values for this organization, and are thus expected at all levels including governance, regional office, and member organizations.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 2

IPPF/WHR does good work in the service and support it provides to its Member Associations in the region. But its New York office is a mess when it comes to management. It has a number of staff who take advantage of the "perks" and enjoy needlessly traveling around, spending donor money that could go to services. Meanwhile, middle-management and even younger staff take on all of the work, are forced to "manage-up" constantly and I know that moral is very low and. In some departments turn-over is very high but the senior management ignores this fact year after year.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

IPPF/WHR is a very strong INGO dedicated to promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights in Latin America. Its staff, based in New York, is highly competent and committed to promoting free and informed choice, particularly among vulnerable groups such as adolescents and the poor. It has affiliates all over Latin America. It has a strong and well known Executive Director. In the past year it has made significant strides in the area of safe abortion.