Mission: To mobilize a stronger, more effective movement for reproductive justice in the United States led by low-income women, women of color, and transgender people.
About the Organization: Founded in 2015, the Groundswell Fund works to empower a reproductive justice movement with the capacity to drive meaningful policy reform and systems change. To that end, the grantmaking public charity supports more U.S. reproductive justice organizations annually than any other organization; believes that targeting resources to those most directly affected is the most effective way to achieve reproductive justice more broadly; and works to leverage funding for grassroots groups, which often lack the tools and technologies needed to "skill and scale" their work.
Current Programs: The organization's grantmaking vehicles include the Catalyst Fund, which uses donor outreach and matching grants to leverage and direct resources to groups led by women of color, low-income women, and transgender people and to build an organized grassroots base of support for reproductive justice; and the Rapid Response Fund, which provides resources quickly and strategically to to critical campaigns and as key opportunities arise. The organization's Birth Justice Fund works to eliminate disparities in pregnancy and birth outcomes for women of color, low-income women, young women, and transgender people by expanding access to and advancing supportive policies that encourage culturally relevant birthing options.
Following the 2016 elections, Groundswell launched a Liberation Fund in support of effective grassroots organizing efforts led by women of color and transgender people of color. Launched with $500,000 initially, the fund will award grants based on the input of fifteen advisors — women leaders of color in fields ranging from environmental, racial, and economic justice, to immigrant, Native, and transgender rights.
Website: Visitors to the Groundswell Fund site can learn more about reproductive justice as a theoretical framework and as a strategy for change, the organization's various funds and capacity-building programs, and its impact to date. They can also sign up to receive email updates, apply for a grant from the Rapid Response Fund, and/or make a donation to a specific fund or in support of the organization's overall work.
Funding: The Groundswell Fund is funded by foundations and individuals.