Gender Rights

Overbrook has supported organizations advancing gender rights since the 1960s.  The Foundation’s gender rights program currently funds organizations working to build the reproductive justice movement and those challenging overly broad religious exemptions being used to undermine LGBT rights, reproductive justice and racial justice.  Overbrook’s support of reproductive justice organizations has evolved over the past 10 years. Until the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, the Foundation focused its support for LGBT rights on funding efforts advocating for marriage equality. Since that victory, it has moved towards support of organizations opposing the inappropriate use of religious exemptions to discriminate and threaten gender equality.

Overbrook grantee Forward Together defines reproductive justice as “when all people have the social, political and economic power and resources to make healthy decisions about our gender, bodies, sexuality and families for ourselves and our communities."  Developed by women of color, this holistic vision for assuring sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice guides Overbrook’s grantmaking. The Foundation’s grantees are led by and are mobilizing those most impacted by reproductive health disparities and other inequities, women of color, women with low incomes, LGBT people and youth.  They are engaging and empowering new leaders to champion reproductive justice at the local, state, and national levels.  They promote policies across the broad range of issues that impact people’s access to reproductive justice and they challenge the underlying causes of reproductive oppression. Overbrook pays special attention to each grantee’s role in strengthening the reproductive justice field as a whole and in building alliances with other social justice sectors to advance a broader movement for human rights. 

Despite important progress in securing LGBT rights in recent years, threats to LGBT equality persist. Among these troubling developments, is the effort to pass overly broad religious exemptions that would allow discrimination against LGBT people and other marginalized communities in the public sphere. Long an issue, this tactic has recently become increasingly visible in response to marriage equality being enshrined as a constitutional guarantee. It has implications for both the LGBT rights and reproductive equity movements, among others, and, as such, Overbrook seeks to support cross-movement efforts to push back on these dangerous efforts at both the state and national levels.

In 2018, The Overbrook Foundation awarded grants to the following organizations through its gender rights initiative.

Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights

General Operating Support - $25,000

Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR) exists to grow the number of youth-to-elder Latinx leaders; have an organized, vibrant, and sustained grassroots base; and leverage power and ally ship with public officials and partner organizations. The ultimate goal is to empower Latinx individuals and families across Colorado to create the type of policy and system change that allows communities to lead healthy, self-determined lives.

Forward Together

General Operating Support - $50,000 (third payment of a three-year grant)

As a national leader in the growing reproductive justice movement, Forward Together’s mission is to ensure that women, youth and families have the power and resources they need to reach their full potential. Forward Together makes its mission a reality by working with community leaders and organizations to transform culture and policy to catalyze social change. 

Funders for Reproductive Equity

Rockwood Fellowship for Leaders in Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice - $25,000 (first payment of a three-year grant)

The Rockwood Fellowship for Leaders in Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice will catalyze a shift in the leadership and collaboration capacity of leaders in this sector by (1) increasing the individual leadership effectiveness of up to 72 leaders through three Fellowship cohorts; (2) providing opportunities for relationship building, authentic dialogue, partnership, and collaboration within each cohort; and (3) building upon the momentum of the inaugural three-year initiative by hosting an alumni convening.

Groundswell Fund

General Operating Support - $75,000 (first payment of a three-year grant)

 Groundswell Fund supports a stronger, more effective U.S. movement for reproductive justice by mobilizing new funding and capacity building resources to grassroots organizing and policy change efforts led by low income women, women of color and transgender people.

Lambda Legal

General Operating Support - $60,000 (second payment of a three-year grant)

Lambda Legal is working to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender (LGBT) people, and those living with HIV in the United States through impact litigation, education, and public policy work. Lambda Legal’s work on the forefront of the LGBT rights movement for the past 42 years has included fighting back prejudice and discrimination and advocating for the passage of fully inclusive laws and policies that protect our rights. Lambda Legal’s Law and Policy Project aims to fight anti-LGBT legislation as it crops up at the local, state, and national level while also proactively seeking to prevent the inclusion of overly-broad religious exemptions in nondiscrimination legislation.

National Advocates for Pregnant Women

General Operating Support - $60,000 (second payment of a three-year grant)

National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) works to secure the human and civil rights, health and welfare of all people, focusing particularly on pregnant and parenting women and those who are most likely to be targeted for state control and punishment --low-income women, women of color and drug-using women. NAPW seeks to ensure that women do not lose their right to abortion, medical decision making, or any other constitutional or human right as a result of pregnancy.

National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum

General Operating Support - $40,000 (first payment of a two-year grant)

The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) is a national, multi-issue organizing and advocacy organization in the United States dedicated to organizing and building power with Asian American Pacific Islander women and girls to advance human rights and social justice.

National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

General Operating Support - $30,000

The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health’s mission is to build Latina power to guarantee the fundamental human right to reproductive health, dignity, and justice. The organization’s vision is to create a society in which Latinas have the economic means, social capital, and political power to make and exercise decisions about their own health, family, and future. 

New Voices for Reproductive Justice

General Operating Support - $25,000

New Voices for Reproductive Justice is a multi-state organization with a mission to build a social change movement dedicated to the health and well-being of Black women and girls through leadership development, Human Rights and Reproductive Justice. New Voices celebrates 15 years of organizing having served 100,000+ Black women, femmes and girls, women of color and LGBTQ+ people of color. New Voices focuses on six key issues - sexual & reproductive health, LGBTQ+ rights, healthcare access, gender-based violence, mass incarceration and environmental justice.

Rights, Faith & Democracy Collaborative

General Operating Support - $125,000

The Rights, Faith & Democracy Collaborative (RFDC) supports state-based, cross-movement work to oppose the inappropriate use of overly broad religious exemptions and their harmful impact on LGBTQ equality, reproductive rights and justice, as well as promotes and supports work that builds connection and community with progressive faith communities. One key role this project plays is closing the strategic funding gap for state-based advocacy, with a cross-cutting racial justice lens.

OU Foundation

Take Root: Red State Perspectives on Reproductive Justice - $10,000 (first payment of a two-year grant)

The Take Root Conference is the only conference in the country that focuses on reproductive justice activism and education from the perspectives of those living and working in traditionally conservative states. Take Root Programs provide a space for engagement on reproductive justice for students, academics, practitioners, advocates, and community members.

Third Wave Fund

General Operating Support - $70,000 (first payment of a two-year grant)

Third Wave Fund is the only national fund that supports young women, queer, and trans youth of color and low-income youth working toward gender, racial and economic justice. The Fund partners with foundations and individual donors to increase the strength of movement for gender and reproductive justice and to provide leaders from most impacted communities and regions with the resources, tools, and networks they need to solve structural inequities and improve their quality of life.

Transgender Law Center

General Operating Support - $50,000 (first payment of a two-year grant)

Transgender Law Center changes law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression. The organization works to secure comprehensive legal protections; increase access to lived equality, and increase social acceptance and support for transgender and gender nonconforming people.  

Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity (URGE)

General Operating Support - $45,000 (second payment of a three-year grant)

Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity (URGE) envisions a world where all people have agency over their own bodies and relationships and the power, knowledge, and tools to exercise that agency. URGE builds this vision by engaging young people in creating and leading the way to sexual and reproductive justice for all by providing training, field mobilization, and national leadership for a youth-driven agenda.

Western States Center

General Operating Support - $40,000 (second payment of a two-year grant)

Western States Center’s mission is to build the power of community organizing groups to accomplish policy and culture change for racial, gender, and economic justice. The Center holds that through community organizing, these organizations can engage those most affected by discrimination, inequities, and marginalization to create solutions, campaigns, and alliances that shift our culture toward justice. The Center’s programs connect independent community organizing groups across the West to build their capacity, increase the number and strength of alliances, and create innovative models for change.

Young Women United

General Operating Support - $30,000

Young Women United leads policy change, research, place-based organizing, and culture shift by and for women and people of color in New Mexico. It works to build communities where all people have access to the information, education, and resources needed to make real decisions about our own bodies and lives.

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