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Location: Chapel Hill, NC USA
Grant Work: Africa and Central America
Website: www.ipas.org
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/IpasOrg


Founded in 1973, Ipas is a global nongovernmental organization dedicated to ending preventable deaths and disabilities from unsafe abortion. Through local, national and global partnerships, Ipas works to ensure that women can obtain safe, respectful and comprehensive abortion care, including counseling and contraception to prevent future unintended pregnancies.

Ipas believes that:

  • Every woman has a right to safe reproductive health choices, including safe abortion care.
  • No woman should have to risk her life, her health, her fertility, her well-being or the well-being of her family because she lacks reproductive health care.
  • Women everywhere must have the opportunity to determine their futures, care for their families and manage their fertility.

Channel Grants:

2017: Channel made a grant to Ipas to support community-based groups worldwide as they work to end abortion stigma via the International Network for the Reduction of Abortion Discrimination and Stigma (inroads) Seed Grants Program. Seed Grants come with financial and technical support to strengthen long-term organizational experience, capacity, and advocacy impact. Seed Grants help promote change in both the local communities that grantees serve and, through rapid diffusion and adaptation, in the global inroads community of practice.

For example, seed grants have supported projects such as the following:

Channel made annual grants to Ipas to support the provision of small grants and capacity building to Ipas community-based partners working on a variety of reproductive rights issues including understanding and reducing abortion-related stigma, and on increasing women’s access to safe abortion services and running informational hotlines.

For instance, in 2013 Ipas supported TICAH in Kenya, and the Centre for Girls and Interaction (CEGI) in Malawi for training on running a confidential sexual and reproductive health hotline. In 2012 Ipas supported two community-based partners in Kenya, the Kisumu Medical Education Trust (KMET), and the Trust for Indigenous Culture and Health (TICAH). 

2007–2011: Between 2007 and 2011 Channel made annual grants to Ipas to support a public education and media and communications campaign concerning the defense of women’s reproductive and sexual health and rights in Nicaragua. Channel expanded its support to similar work in El Salvador in 2011.



A group of over 130 independent experts ranked Ipas as one of the top rated organizations working in the field of reproductive health, rights, and justice on Philanthropedia, a division of Guidestar.

Ipas helped develop a widely viewed television spot video where Central American celebrities Kathia Cardenal, Moises Gadea, Clara Grum, Elsa Basil, and Augusto Mejia describe why they support therapeutic abortion.