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Year, State Incorporated: 1954, New York
Affiliates: Anguilla Family Planning Association-The Primary Health Care, Antigua Planned Parenthood Association, Caribbean Family Planning Affiliation Ltd., FUSA para la Salud Integral con Perspectiva de Género y Derechos, Asociacion Civil, Foundation for the Promotion of Responsible Parenthood (Aruba), Bahamas Family Planning Association, The Barbados Family Planning Association, Belize Family Life Association, Teen Services, Centro de Investigación, Educación y Servicios, Asociación Chilena de Protección de la Familia, Asociación Pro-Bienestar de la Familia Colombiana, Asociación Demográfica Costarricense, Foundation for the Promotion of Responsible Parenthood (FPRP), Dominica Planned Parenthood Association, Asociación Dominicana Pro-Bienestar de la Familia, Centro Ecuatoriano para la Promoción y Acción de la Mujer de Guayaquil, Ecuador, Asociación Demográfica Salvadoreña, Grenada Planned Parenthood Association, Association Guadeloupéenne pour le Planning Familial, Asociación Pro-Bienestar de la Familia de Guaemala, Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association, Association por la Promotion de la Famillie Haitienne, Asociación Hondureña de Planificación de Familia, Jamaica Family Planning Association, Association Martiniquaise pour I'Information et l'Orientation Familiales, Fundación Mexicana para la Planeación Familiar, A.C., Asociación Panameña para el Planeamiento de la Familia, El Centro Paraguayo de Estudios de Población, Instituto Peruano de Paternidad Responsable, Asociación Puertorriqueña Pro-Bienestar de las Familias, Saint Lucia Planned Parenthood Association, St. Vincent Planned Parenthood Association, Stichting Lobi, Family Planning Association of Trinidad and Tobago, Plannned Parenthood Federation of America, Iniciativas Sanitarias, and Asociacion Civil de Planificacion Familiar.
Stated Purpose: “to improve the quality of life of individuals by campaigning for sexual and reproductive health and rights through advocacy and services, especially for poor and vulnerable people; to defend the right of all young people to enjoy their sexual lives free from ill health, unwanted pregnancy, violence and discrimination; to support a woman’s right to choose to terminate her pregnancy legally and safely; and to strive to eliminate sexually transmitted infections and reduce the spread and impact of HIV/AIDS.”
Note: In the above financial statements, “other changes in net assets” refers to change in interests in the net assets of the IPPF/WHR Fund ($-105,053), endowment fund investment return in excess of spending rate ($-109,382), and change in value for charitable gift annuities (-$212,326).
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