The Status of Women's Health Funding


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The Status of Women's Health Funding

  1. 1. Women’s Health Funding: WhereWomen’s Health Funding: Where We’ve Been and Where We’reWe’ve Been and Where We’re GoingGoing Presented By Nicole E. Cozier, MBA/MS Director of Programs
  2. 2. Introduction • W&P is an affinity group, not a grantmaking entity • Presentation will be in 3 parts: 1. Trends in Women’s Health Funding 2. Changes and Opportunities in the Field 3. Strategies for Funding
  3. 3. Status of Funding for Women & Girls 0.5 7.3 6.4 6 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Percent age of foundat ion dollars designat ed for programs support ing w omen and/ or girls. 1975 2000 2001 2002 Data Source: The Foundation Center, “Foundation Giving Trends: Update on Funding Priorities” 2004 Edition
  4. 4. Federal Support for Women’s Health Source: Society for Women’s Health Research; Federal Agency Fiscal Year 2004 Fiscal Year 2003 National Institutes of Health (NIH) $27.98 bil $26.98 bil Office on Women's Health at the Department of Health and Human Services $29.1 mil $29 mil Office of Women’s Health at the FDA $3.6 mil $3 mil Office of Research on Women's Health at NIH $40.95 mil $41.22 mil
  5. 5. Private Support of Women’s Health • Of the $973M in funding to programs for women & girls in 2003/2004, 45.2% went to health-related areas Environmental Protection $2,898,197 0.3 % Safety & Disaster Relief 4,687,595 0.5% Mental Health 15,041,594 1.5% Medical Research 37,547,537 3.9% Health – Specific Diseases 151,978,530 15.6% Health – General & Rehabilitative 227,397,677 23.4% $439,551,130 45.2% Data Source: The Foundation Center, “Grants for Women & Girls.” 2003/2004
  6. 6. …About Trends in Reproductive Health Funding* • Funding for population, reproductive health and reproductive rights work recovered slightly in 2003. * Source: “Highlights from the Grants Database: Funding Analysis 2003”; The Funde rs Ne two rk o n Po pulatio n, Re pro ductive He alth and Rig hts
  7. 7. …About Reproductive Health Funders • A few large foundations provide the vast majority of funding in this field.
  8. 8. …About Funding Priority Areas
  9. 9. …About Domestic vs. International Funding
  10. 10. What is the Bottom Line? • Reproductive health funding levels are likely to drop in 2004 before leveling off in 2005.
  11. 11. Growth & Diversification of Philanthropy • Foundations have multiplied at an exponential rate:  Today over 60,000, with 65% created since the 1980’s. Source: Global Business Network
  12. 12. Development of Health Philanthropy • Grantmakers in Health has identified >165 new foundations formed from health care transactions – conversion foundations • Scrutinized to ensure they are contributing to communities at a level commensurate with the benefit of the previous non-profit Source: A Profile of New Health Foundations. Grantmakers in Health. May 2003.
  13. 13. Development of Women’s Philanthropy • New laboratories of giving, including women’s funds, venture philanthropy groups, and donor circles. • New centers of power are emerging, with more diversity and women as leaders and donors • New centers of knowledge are changing philanthropy through new academic centers, evaluators, consultants, and affinity groups. Source: Global Business Network
  14. 14. Tools for Action: Three Frameworks 1. Fairness Framework 2. Effectiveness Framework 3. Human Rights Framework Source: The Case fo r Be tte r Philanthro py: The Future o f Funding fo r Wo m e n and Girls. A Women & Philanthropy Publication.
  15. 15. Fairness Framework • Based on equal justice movements of 1960’s and 1970’s • Challenges:  High competition for limited funding dollars  Grantmaker fatigue  Misperception that gender inequality is no longer an issue  “Pro-woman” approaches losing favor
  16. 16. Effectiveness Framework • Increasingly popular among grantmakers • If foundations want to be more effective with their grantmaking, they cannot ignore gender issues. • Effective grantmaking strategies within a foundation’s priority program area includes universal and gender specific funding
  17. 17. Human Rights Framework • Emerging framework • Ties gender issues to other justice issues, e.g. economic, environmental and racial justice • Also provides connection between domestic and international work
  18. 18. Conclusion • Will have funding challenges ahead • There are opportunities if we engage some new funders • Need to develop new strategies for making our case – framing is one strategy
  19. 19. Resources • A Profile of New Health Foundations. Grantmakers in Health (online) • Highlights from the Grants Database: Funding Analysis 2003, Funders Network on Population, Reproductive Health and Rights • The Case for Better Philanthropy: The Future of Funding for Women & Girls, Women & Philanthropy • Leading 100 New Foundations Funding Women & Girls, Women & Philanthropy in partnership with Jankowski & Associates
  20. 20. Contact Information: Nicole Cozier Director of Programs Women & Philanthropy 1629 K St., NW – Suite 402 Washington, DC 20006 Ph: 202-887-9660 Email: Web:
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