Non-profit

Provide

Website:

providecare.org

Location:

BOSTON, MA

Tax ID:

04-3298538

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2017):

Revenue: $6,457,145
Expenses: $3,810,740
Assets: $4,940,172

Provide is a Massachusetts-based organization which specializes in training social service and medical professionals to refer for abortions. Its operations largely take place in the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic United States. [1]

The organization has been known by several names. It was the Boston Reproductive Rights Network until 2000. [2] [3] It was named the Abortion Access Project until 2012. [4][5]

Funding

Provide raised over $1.2 million in 2016 and spent nearly $3.4 million. Almost all of its revenue comes from contributions and grants; nearly all of its expenses come through its training programs, staff compensation, and training-related travel. [6]

Provide’s revenues are inconsistent year to year. For example, it raised over $5.4 million in 2014 but only $527,533 in 2015. Its 2014 revenue grew its assets from $2.3 million to over six million, but as of 2016 its assets were under $2.1 million due to major losses in 2015 and 2016. [7]

Provide has received grants from left-leaning foundations, such as the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. [8] The John Merck Fund has provided multiple grants, including one for $35,000 in 2001. [9][10]

The General Service Foundation gave $35,000 in 2011. [11] The Open Society Foundations gave $190,000 from 1997 to 2003. [12]

Mission

Provide’s mission is to train social service and medical personnel in how to refer for abortions. Provide’s five focus areas are substance use, HIV, primary care, domestic abuse, and “family planning.” Its primary care, family planning, and domestic abuse areas are almost exclusively abortion-focused. [13]

It provided 92 trainings in 2015 and in 2014 designed six curriculum models for nurses. [14]

One of Provide’s three largest programs in 2012 was its “miscarriage management training.” The organization reported that this training was a multi-year initiative which simultaneously trained medical professionals to help women going through miscarriages as well as help women who want abortions. That year, Provide reported that 20 practices were incorporating its training into several abortion methods, including manually vacuuming a baby out of a mother’s body. [15]

Provide has issued two reports, one in 2015 and in 2019, which decried pro-life laws that make obtaining abortions more difficult. [16]

Provide’s trainings took place on 93 sites and trained 739 people in 2015. 1,304 people were trained on 140 sites in 2016. In 2017, 1,833 people were trained on 269 sites. [17]

Leadership

Fatimah Gifford is Provide’s Executive Director. She was previously vice president of communications and marketing for Whole Women’s Health during the three years leading up to the organization’s 2016 Supreme Court victory. She is also a board member for the international abortion research group Ibis Reproductive Health. [18]

Kristin Nobel leads program evaluation and strategy for Provide. She has a long domestic and international background in evaluating and implementing programs targeted to children. [19]

Katherine Bourne is president of Provide’s board of directors. She is a consultant and instructor on issues, programs, and policies related to promoting abortion, and has worked for high-profile institutions such as the United Nations. [20]

Provide’s founding executive director was Susan Yanow under its previous names. [21] Yanow consults for pro-abortion groups like Women on Web and co-founded Women Help Women. [22][23]

References

  1. Provide, Where we work, Accessed October 17, 2019. https://providecare.org/about/where-we-work/ ^
  2. IRS list of organizations listed as Section 170(c), September 30, 1998. Accessed October 17, 2019. https://books.google.com/books?id=iANbDGmcDpoC&pg=PA263&lpg=PA263&dq=%22boston+reproductive+rights+Network%22+irs&source=bl&ots=2BJcTnT9Z4&sig=ACfU3U1jlP9zK37uTjUL1DZqyUdUY-TdoA&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwicmJyzyKHlAhVhS98KHQi4DB8Q6AEwAHoECAAQAQ#v=snippet&q=%22boston%20reproductive%20rights%20network%22&f=false ^
  3. Open Society Foundations, Program on Reproductive Health and Rights Grants 1997-2004, Accessed October 17, 2019. https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/uploads/5fc1ef9d-6ad3-49cd-95ef-224c1dbf95ce/repro_20050101.pdf ^
  4. ProPublica, Abortion Access Project 2011 990, Accessed October 17, 2019. https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/display_990/43298538/2012_10_EO%2F04-3298538_990_201112    ^
  5. ProPublica, Provide 2012 990, Accessed October 17, 2019. https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/display_990/43298538/2013_09_EO%2F04-3298538_990_201212 ^
  6. ProPublica, Provide page of 990s, Accessed October 17, 2019. https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/organizations/43298538 ^
  7. ProPublica, Provide page of 990s, Accessed October 17, 2019. https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/organizations/43298538 ^
  8. David & Lucile Packard Foundation, Grantee story, “Expanding access to reproductive care,” Accessed October 17, 2019. https://www.packard.org/insights/grantee-story/expanding-access-to-reproductive-health-care/ ^
  9. Life Research Institute, “Foundation giving to promiscuity education, contraception, and abortion” in 2001, January 2004. Accessed October 17, 2019. https://www.stopp.org/pdfs/2001/foundationgivingPEA.pdf  ^
  10. The John Merck Fund, Abortion Access Project, February 2008. Accessed October 17, 2019. https://www.jmfund.org/grant/abortion-access-project/ ^
  11. General Service Foundation, 2011 Reproductive Justice grants, Accessed October 17, 2019. https://generalservice.org/wp-content/uploads/2011_RJ_Grants.pdf ^
  12. Open Society Foundations, Program on Reproductive Health and Rights Grants 1997-2004, Accessed October 17, 2019. https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/uploads/5fc1ef9d-6ad3-49cd-95ef-224c1dbf95ce/repro_20050101.pdf ^
  13. Provide, Focus areas, Domestic violence/sexual assault, Accessed October 17, 2019. https://providecare.org/focus-areas/dvsa/# ^
  14. ProPublica, Provide 2015 990, Accessed October 17, 2019. https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/display_990/43298538/2016_10_EO%2F04-3298538_990_201512 ^
  15. ProPublica, Provide 2012 990, Accessed October 17, 2019. https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/display_990/43298538/2013_09_EO%2F04-3298538_990_201212 ^
  16. Provide, Publications, Accessed October 17, 2019. https://providecare.org/about/publications/ ^
  17. Guidestar, Provide profile page, Accessed October 17, 2019. https://www.guidestar.org/profile/04-3298538 ^
  18. Provide, Fatimah Gifford, Accessed October 17, 2019. https://providecare.org/team_member/fatimah-gifford-executive-director/ ^
  19. Provide, Kristin Nobel, Accessed October 17, 2019. https://providecare.org/team_member/kristin-nobel/ ^
  20. Provide, Katherine Bourne, Accessed October 17, 2019. https://providecare.org/team_member/katherine-bourne/ ^
  21. Susan Yanow, Endorsement of Abortion, the A Word: Real women, tough choices, personal freedom,” June 22, 2007. Accessed October 17, 2019. https://list.uvm.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A3=ind0708&L=FEMSW-L&E=quoted-printable&P=36371&B=——%3D_NextPart_000_0017_01C7E9A1.C5D956B0&T=text%2Fhtml;%20charset=iso-8859-1&XSS=3&header=1 ^
  22. Susan Yanow, Contributor to Our Bodies, Ourselves, 2011. Accessed October 17, 2019. https://www.ourbodiesourselves.org/publications/our-bodies-ourselves-2011/contributors/susan-yanow/   ^
  23. Susan Yanow, Rewire, Accessed October 17, 2019. https://rewire.news/author/susan-yanow/ ^
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: March 1, 1996

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2017 Dec Form 990 $6,457,145 $3,810,740 $4,940,172 $174,206 N $6,420,102 $0 $16,176 $176,185 PDF
    2016 Dec Form 990 $1,215,352 $3,387,496 $2,202,287 $142,771 N $1,186,001 $20,000 $8,806 $163,562
    2015 Dec Form 990 $527,533 $2,373,627 $4,323,663 $92,003 N $489,694 $25,000 $7,097 $157,738 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $5,443,304 $1,698,812 $6,194,485 $116,731 N $5,433,671 $0 $7,486 $129,080 PDF
    2013 Dec Form 990 $2,319,369 $1,600,353 $2,427,580 $94,318 N $2,304,216 $0 $6,478 $102,306 PDF
    2012 Dec Form 990 $2,228,260 $1,855,763 $1,737,894 $123,648 N $2,204,241 $3,698 $8,463 $106,608 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990 $1,642,170 $1,863,598 $1,350,937 $109,188 N $1,623,177 $0 $12,501 $105,600 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    Provide

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    BOSTON, MA 02128-2871