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The End of Roe: How Should Philanthropy Respond?

Thursday, June 2, 2022
10:00am - 11:30am EDT
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In June of 2022, the Supreme Court is expected to hand down a highly-anticipated decision in Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health Organization. A leaked draft of the the decision suggests that the Court will vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, almost 50 years after that decision made abortion legal in the United States. As we await the official decision, philanthropy needs to consider what impact such a momentous decision could have on our communities for generations to come. Poverty, education, child welfare, and maternal/child health are just a few of the many areas of philanthropic interest that will be affected. 

Join us to hear about how abortion restrictions impact individual and societal well-being, how funders can respond, and what this decision might mean for Pennsylvania. This free virtual event is co-hosted by the Gender Justice Fund and Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia and open to non-members.


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Farrah Parkes
Farrah Parkes currently serves as Executive Director of Gender Justice Fund. In her time there she has overseen an organizational rebranding, expanded grantmaking, and launched new initiatives focused on the trans community and the carceral system. Her almost 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector has spanned a range of issues, but gender equity has always been her personal passion. She served on the boards of the Abortion Liberation Fund and the Valentine Foundation, as well as Bread & Roses Community Fund. Ms. Parkes holds a master's degree in public affairs from the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.


Signe Espinoza
Signe Espinoza (she/her/ella) is the Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates (PPPA), a nonprofit advocating for a Pennsylvania where sexual and reproductive health care, including abortion, is accessible, affordable, and affirming for all. Previously, Espinoza served as PPPA’s Policy Director. She is on the board of The Abortion Liberation Fund, an abortion fund based in Philadelphia, where she serves as co-chair.



Elicia Gonzales
Elicia Gonzales is a queer Latinx, Licensed Social Worker with a Masters in Human Sexuality Education. She is the Executive Director for Abortion Liberation Fund of PA, an organization that since 1985 has worked to ensure and expand abortion access now and always through direct service and community organizing. Elicia formerly served as Executive Director for GALAEI: a queer Latinx Social Justice Organization and adjunct professor for Widener University’s Center for Human Sexuality Studies. Elicia is the co-founder of the SEXx Interactive Collective, an appointed member of the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs and she serves on the Bread and Roses Community Fund board.


Carol Tracy
For over 30 years, Carol Tracy has been the Executive Director of the Women’s Law Project (WLP), a Pennsylvania-based public interest law center celebrating its 46th year of advancing the legal status of women at the local, state, and national levels. In this role, she has presided over major legal and policy victories with national impact, including cases involving reproductive rights and justice. Carol is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University School of Law and currently serves as a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors and is frequently featured in local and national media.