Foundations of Death

Author: Lynn Murphy


How "charitable" foundations kill babies, and what we can do about it.

by Lynn K. Murphy

Abortion is the leading cause of death in the United States, causing 46% of all deaths. Abortion lowers the average life expectancy from 75 years to 40. One baby is killed by abortion for every three who are conceived.[1]

Yet annually, American foundations dole out millions of dollars to organizations which advocate abortion, litigate to keep it legal, or kill babies directly. Foundations dole out additional millions to provide sex education, which also leads to killed babies.

Research which is verifiable from "The Foundation Grants Index" shows a general rise in grant money given for abortion and sex education. This money goes from U.S. foundations to other organizations based in the U.S.:

Year Dollars Given 1987 $14,700,000 1988 18,600,000 1989 29,100,000 1990 22,200,000 1991 not available

These figures would be approximately doubled if grants from U.S. foundations to organizations based elsewhere throughout the world were included. In the text which follows, only grants from U.S. foundations to U.S. organizations will be discussed.

Who gave, and how much?

In 1990, 115 foundations each gave at least one $10,000 grant to pro-death organizations. Because of space limitations, they cannot all be listed, but the accompanying chart shows the 36 top givers--those that gave $100,000 or more in 1990.

Since 115 foundations gave about $22,000,000 in 1990, the average foundation examined in this study gave about $191,000. This does not mean $191,000 per grant, however; these foundations made a total of 289 grants. Thus, the average grant size was about $76,500.

The Ford Foundation was the biggest killer, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation was second. The Ford Foundation is headquartered at 320 East 43rd St., New York, N.Y., 10017. The Hewlett Foundation (like the Packard one, ninth on our list) comes from a founder of the Hewlett-Packard Company, now famous for its laser printers. The Hewlett offices are at 525 Middlefield Rd., suite 200, Menlo Park, CA, 94025.

Rank Foundation Name Donation 1 The Ford Foundation $4,268,000 2 The Wm. & Flora Hewlett Foundation 2,640,000 3 The William Penn Foundation 1,715,819 4 The Harry & Grace Steele Foundation 975,000 5 The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 932,666 6 Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Inc. 820,000 7 Wallace Genetic Foundation, Inc. 575,000 8 Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, Inc. 575,000 9 The David & Lucille Packard Foundation 570,100 10 Buffett Foundation 553,779 11 The Pew Charitable Trusts 500,000 12 Public Welfare Foundation 455,800 13 The James Irvine Foundation 445,000 14 The George Gund Foundation 405,000 15 The Minneapolis Foundation 338,050 16 The Rockefeller Foundation 330,000 17 The Educational Foundation of America 270,000 18 General Service Foundation 262,000 19 Carnegie Corporation of New York 246,000 20 Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation 231,000 21 The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation 227,500 22 The Offield Family Foundation 200,000 23 The Ahmanson Foundation 200,000 24 The Colorado Trust 198,126 25 S. H. Cowell Foundation 185,000 26 Edward John Noble Foundation, Inc. 180,000 27 The J. M. Kaplan Fund, Inc. 180,000 28 Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund, Inc. 150,000 29 The Kettering Fund 150,000 30 The Cowles Charitable Trust 150,000 31 The Champlin Foundation 150,000 32 The New York Community Trust 145,000 33 Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation 135,000 34 The Scherman Foundation, Inc. 130,000 35 Meadows Foundation, Inc. 123,553 36 Charles Stewart Mott Foundation 100,000 ----------------------------------------------------------------- Rounded total for contributors of $100,000 or more: 19,712,000

Who got all this money? The chart below shows the domestic pro-death organizations that were the primary recipients of the U.S. foundation money:

Organization Name 1987 1988 1989 1990 ACLU * 282,500 2,095,000 1,555,000 Alan Guttmacher In. 563,200 1,065,100 2,365,000 2,970,600 Cath. For Free Choice * 15,000 75,000 477,000 Ctr. for Popul Options * * * 640,000 March of Dimes * * * 249,175 Ms Foundation for Woman * * * 153,000 Natl. Abortion Federa. 75,000 50,000 100,000 145,000 Natl.Abor Rig.Act.Leag. 193,800 120,000 300,000 235,000 Natl. Family Planning & Repro Health Assn. 70,000 45,000 895,000 145,000 Natl. Organiz.for Women 169,500 384,500 29,000 463,000 Population Council 1,648,885 2,366,300 180,000 509,033 Popul. Crisis Committee * * * 780,000 Planned Parenthood 5,301,850 4,838,982 10,980,678 9,554,042 ReligCoalforAborRights 67,500 70,000 * 90,000 Sex Info&Ed Council/US * * * 125,000 Other 6,624,152 9,347,227 12,055,699 4,067,902 ----- --------- --------- ---------- --------- Total $14,714,000 18,585,000 29,075,000 22,159,000

*Not separately broken out for this year; included with "Other." Planned Parenthood obviously received the most foundation grant money, approximately $30,675,000 from 1987-90. In 1990, they had 99 killing centers, admitted to killing (my word) 121,000 babies (my word), and referred another 100,000 for painful destruction (my words).

Pro-life organizations, which counsel for more choices than do "pro-choice" organizations, received foundation grant money totaling $164,000 in 1990. This is 1/135th as much as the death-choice agencies received.

Some grant descriptions

The present writer's source of information, the "Foundation Grants Index," describes the reasons most of the grants were given. Very few were for abstinence sex education. Here are some of the more typical and offensive reasons:

$100,000 to Planned Parenthood for prenatal services.

$200,000 to Planned Parenthood for operating support.

$135,000 to Planned Parenthood for general support.

$250,000 to Planned Parenthood for a building campaign (to house more killing).

$25,000 to the National Abortion Rights Action League for public education on the importance of access to legal abortion, and for training speakers and community leaders, to develop pro-choice spokespeople and organizers.

$100,000 to the American Civil Liberties Union for litigation and advocacy efforts to defend citizens' rights to family planning services and legal abortion.

$100,000 to Planned Parenthood for public education, litigation and advocacy efforts toward defending and strengthening the Title X federal family planning program.

$200,000 to Planned Parenthood for reducing adolescent pregnancies, preserving individual reproductive rights, preventing violence and harassments at clinics, strengthening international family planning and providing reproductive health education and services for teenagers and poor.

$150,000 to the American Civil Liberties Union for its Reproductive Freedom Project.

$625,000 to the American Civil Liberties Union for litigation and public education aimed at preserving women's access to comprehensive reproductive health services, particularly for low-income women and teenagers.

$625,000 to the American Civil Liberties Union for a supplement to the above grant.

$375,000 to the National Organization for Women as a supplement to an organization working to advance women's legal rights.

$650,000 to the National Organization for Women as a supplement to the same purpose (women's legal rights).

$1,500,000 to the Alan Guttmacher Institute as a supplement for research and public policy programs on reproductive health, maternity care, sex education, teen pregnancy prevention and contraceptive choice.

$50,000 to the Legal Clearinghouse, which assists member groups in pursuing legal remedies to "harassment and violence" aimed at pro-abortion organizations and abortion providers.

Is the reader offended by that last one? I certainly am. Pro-lifers don't practice violence. We try to stop it. These foundations are funding atrocities--wholesale violence against millions of unborn babies and mothers.

Sex-ed/abortion connection

Earlier, it was intimated that sex education kills babies, too. These are some of the reasons:

(1) Sex education often aggressively teaches children to be loose, promiscuous and sexually active.

(2) Sex education encourages the use of birth-control devices. Intrauterine Devices (IUDs) always work by killing a fertilized egg, i.e., a human being. Birth control pills often work by preventing the embryos from implanting.

(3) Often birth control devices are not used. Often birth control devices fail. The very high level of sexual activity caused by teaching promiscuity therefore causes additional pregnancies.

(4) Sex education generally promotes abortion as a desirable alternative to pregnancy. Often, other alternatives are not even mentioned.

(5) Sex education fools students and parents into thinking that 'pregnancy prevention' only means preventing pregnancy from beginning. But it also means preventing it from continuing i.e., it means abortion.

Those who doubt that sex education increases the abortion rate should take the word of the abortion advocates.

In a report on sex education programs made to the U.S. House Select Committee on Children, Youth and Families, it was noted that pregnancy and abortion rates are higher among teens who participated in family planning programs. Those states which spent the most on family planning showed the largest increase in abortions and births out of wedlock. Those which didn't participate in these programs had lower rates. States which emphasized sex education programs found that abortion, not contraception, was reducing births among teens.[2]

These points are confirmed by authoritative pro-abortionists. For instance, pro-abortion researcher Malcolm Potts says, ". . .those who use contraception are more likely than those who do not to resort to induced abortion . . ."[3]

Sex researcher Alfred Kinsey wrote that ". . .we have found the highest frequency of induced (deliberate) abortion in the group which, in general, most frequently uses contraceptives."[4]

The former President of Planned Parenthood, Dr. Alan Guttmacher said, "We find that when an abortion is easily obtainable, contraception is neither actively nor diligently used . . . there would be no reward for the woman who practices effective contraception . . . Abortion on demand relieves the husband of all possible responsibility; he simply becomes a coital animal."[5]

Dr. Guttmacher later said (after Roe v. Wade was decided), "Then how can the Supreme Court decision be absolutely secured? The answer to winning the battle for elective abortion once and for all is sex education."[6]

How YOU Can Reduce the Killing

The "charitable" foundations that are financing the killing of babies and otherwise ruining our children's lives are found all over the United States. Very likely, there is one or more in your region. This is what you can do to stop them:


Mail educational material to all pro-death foundations and to their boards of directors.

Find out how the directors are chosen, and support a pro-life nominee.

Get on the board of directors yourself to provide a pro-life vote.

Picket the foundations.

Blockade the foundations.

Remember: the average foundation that dabbled in pro-death causes gave away $191,000, which can kill a lot of babies. Often, the board of director's decision to finance killing was made by a slender majority, even a majority of one. If YOU don't tell that person why he or she should say NO to killing, who will?

Those wanting more information on how to stop the flow of foundation money to organizations that kill and pervert children may call Lynn Murphy at (510) 676-2929 (Pacific Time).


1. According to "Accident Facts, 1986," by the National Safety Council (which got its data from the National Center for Health Statistics of the Public Health Services Department of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services), the first six causes of death (excluding abortion) killed 1,626,157 people. They were, in order of greater to lesser killers: heart disease (765,490), cancer (469,376), stroke (149,643), accidents (95,277), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (76, 559), and pneumonia (69,812). They equal 1,626,157. Adding all other non-abortion deaths brings the total to 2,105,361.

Since the abortion deaths are approximately 1,800,000 per year (including illegal, unreported abortions), they are more than the next six causes of death combined. The figure of 46% is found as follows: Actual total deaths are 1,800,000 + 2,105,361 = 3,905,361. 1,800,000/3,905,361 x 100 = 46.1%.

Lowering life expectancy from 75 to 40 is found as follows:

In a given year, the number of years that 2,105,361 people had lived to age 75 is 2,105,361 x 75 = 157,902, 075. In a given year, the number of years the preborn babies had lived outside the womb is 1,800,000 x 0 = 0. The total number of these (people times years) is 157,902,075 + 0 = 157, 902,075. The total number of people dying is, from previous paragraph, 3, 905,361. Therefore, the life expectancy is (157,902,075 people-years)/(3,905, 361 people) = 40.4 years per person.

2. "The Forum," Nov., 1991, p. 3. The Forum's address is P.O. Box 1258, Santa Cruz, CA 95061.

3. M. Potts, P. Diggory, and J. Peel "Abortion" (Cambridge: 1977), p. 491.

4. Mary Calderone, ed. "Abortion in the United States," (N.Y.: Hoeber-Harper, 1958), p. 157.

5. Symposium, "Rutgers Law Review 22" (1968).

6. "Washington Star," 3 May 1973.