At RAD, we center abortion access for patients by connecting independent abortion providers across the country with the resources and support they need to adapt and evolve in this tumultuous post-Dobbs world. Our support systems are flexible and innovative, and backed by a growing network of generous, well-informed funders.

Our vigilance and our commitment to directing resources toward the hardest challenges and most critical gaps– always in service of patients– has fueled unprecedented funder investments in abortion service delivery and supported a level of provider determination and resilience that we’re elated to witness. We work with an expansive mindset to create new opportunities and interventions in the face of unparalleled challenges, and the positive results speak for themselves through independent clinics and abortion seekers across the country.

2012

Independent clinics make up over half of all US abortion providers. They play a critical role in abortion services, and are in dire need of more resources and support.

Vital resources are available to Planned Parenthood-affiliated health centers, helping those facilities manage challenges. In contrast, resources for independent providers are significantly less available, with increasingly negative consequences for patient access and care.

2012

2012

The vision of a national organized effort to expand resources for independent clinics is born.

Bonnie Scott Jones, a litigator with The Woman’s Centers, and Sarah Roberts of Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH), begin collectively dreaming new ways to reduce the burdens of TRAP laws (Targeted Restrictions on Abortion Providers) and other mounting pressures on independent clinics as a means to protect and expand abortion services.

2012

2013

##+ independent clinics are interviewed across the country on needs and challenges.

Independent clinics share challenges, concerns, vulnerabilities and needs with RAD founding members, identifying xyz as a top priority nationally.

2013

2014

Informed by independent clinics’ priorities, RAD founding members mobilize to begin designing support structures.

Led by Bonnie Scott Jones, ANSIRH, and Arabella Advisors, donors and stakeholders come together to design and plan the incubation of a national support and grant-making entity for independent clinics that directly responds to their needs.

2014

October 2015

The first Service Delivery Funders Table meets in Chicago.

A dozen foundations meet in Chicago, launching what we know today as the Service Delivery Funders Table (SDF) to share strategy and insights on abortion service delivery investments. SDF would eventually be led by RAD.

October 2015

April 2016

RAD launches as a 3-year pilot project of the Hopewell Fund.

Informed by four years of groundwork, Resources for Abortion Delivery, known as RAD, is founded to center the needs of independent abortion providers. It facilitates philanthropic funding legally and charitably to non-profit, tax-exempt, and taxable independent clinics.

April 2016

June 2016

RAD pilots the Access, Quality, Sustainability Fund (AQS), awarding $1.2M to 14 independent clinics in the first year.

The first AQS funding supports 14 clinics in 10 states to expand patient access, improve quality care, and promote clinic sustainability.

June 2016

“RAD’s partnerships with abortion providers has been instrumental in maintaining access to abortion services across the country. CHOICES is beyond grateful for the ongoing support from RAD.”

— CHOICES Memphis

2017

Nineteen states adopt 63 new restrictions on abortion rights and access, the largest number of abortion restrictions enacted in a calendar year since 2013.

2017

2017

RAD releases the first of many publications building collective knowledge around the operational challenges of independent clinics.

The publication of Abortion Provider’s guide to Managing Health Department Oversight, A Market Assessment of Unmet Demand for Abortion Services, and An Overview of Legal, Regulatory and Financial Considerations Relating to Business Restructuring deepens collective understanding of the operational issues clinics face, to inform both funder and clinic decision-making nationally.

2017

January 2018

Illinois enacts Medicaid coverage for abortion.

While a victory, the two Illinois Medicaid-certified abortion clinics don’t have capacity to service all Medicaid eligible abortion seekers. Other Illinois clinics must pivot to accept Medicaid, or face closing.

January 2018

January 2018

RAD launches the $12M Illinois Medicaid Bridge Fund, our first emergency funding stream.

Responding to the new Illinois Medicaid laws, this temporary fund supports eight independent facilities and provides close to 30k abortions at no cost to Medicaid-enrolled or eligible patients.

January 2018

October 2018

A newly conservative majority in the Supreme Court threatens the overturn of Roe v. Wade.

Brent Kavanaugh is appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, creating a 5-4 anti-abortion majority. This increases the likelihood that state abortion bans will go into effect,  greatly reducing access and thus increasing patient demand at clinics in unrestricted states.

October 2018

November 2018

RAD launches RAAP, Regulatory Assistance for Abortion Providers, to provide legal compliance advice to independent clinics.

As abortion providers face a persistent and growing web of TRAP laws and other legal challenges, RAD responds by building a team of lawyers focused exclusively on legal compliance to consolidate knowledge and make advice available across the sector.

November 2018

October 2019

The Supreme Court accepts June Medical v. Russo, its first abortion case since losing a pro-choice majority.

Anticipating the future needs in the abortion field, RAD participates in an expansive series of emergency planning meetings and invests heavily in building infrastructure and funds to prepare for the loss of Roe.

October 2019

July 2019

RAD formalizes Technical Assistance services for awardees to amplify the impact of funding dollars.

RAD goes on to provide technical assistance to over 50 independent abortion providers across the country through hands-on support. This includes financial forecasting, project development, operational and other business needs.

July 2019