November 30, 2009

Our Bodies Ourselves Needs You: Read Our Appeal

We interrupt this blog to bring you an urgent message: Our Bodies Ourselves needs your help.

This is not your ordinary holiday fundraising campaign. We need to raise $50,000 by Dec. 31 to maintain staffing and continue our program work at current levels.

Here’s the deal. OBOS has a big name but a tiny budget. Book sales account for only 6 percent of our budget (yes: 6 percent!). We’re a nonprofit that depends on donors and grants to make up the other lean 94 percent. And this year has been hard.

If you’re a regular Our Bodies Our Blog reader, you know we do our best to evaluate the latest medical research and studies (and provide tips so you can, too), explain ongoing political negotiations over women’s health and women’s bodies, and keep you informed on everything from the new, improved female condom to the benefits and harms of osteoporosis medications. And we provide a venue for guest writers to share their organization’s work and personal stories.

What you might not know is that OBOS is a tiny organization with a full-time staff of only six (and a few part-timers like us) that works in partnership with other organizations to create change around the world. Here’s what we’ve been up to lately:

- We are in the midst of writing the 9th edition of “Our Bodies, Ourselves,” scheduled for publication in the fall of 2011.

- We work with women’s groups around the world who translate and adapt “Our Bodies, Ourselves.” The book is currently in 24 languages! 24!

- A group we work with in Japan coined new, positive words for female reproductive organs because there weren’t any. These words are now in the Japanese dictionary.

- Another group in Nepal worked to get women’s reproductive rights included in the country’s new constitution. We influenced a constitution!

- We’re creating a 15-minute documentary to send to law makers in Massachusetts to promote the creation of a board of registration in midwifery.

- We’re working to promote the health care reform public option and to ensure that abortion is covered as a medical procedure.

- OBOS staff, especially its tireless co-founder Judy Norsigian, speaks to dozens of groups every year and testifies at political hearings on issues such as the safety of breast implants, problems with direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs, the well-documented efforts of midwifery care and more.

- We provide an unbiased, independent, feminist perspective that is all to often missing from healthcare debates.

- We created the Women’s Health Heroes awards in 2009, inducting 20 women nominated by readers like you. And we’re gearing up to honor more heroes in 2010.

Our Bodies Ourselves has always been there when you needed us most. And now we need you.

We can continue this work with your support. If we can get 1,000 people to make donations of $50 each, we’ll reach our goal faster than you can say, “Women rock!”

So please make a donation today (it’s tax deductible!). Share this news with your friends and networks. And enjoy the warm fuzzies you get from knowing you did a good thing — and from knowing that OBOS will be there to answer your health questions and to be an advocate for you and your family.

Thank you for your support!

- Rachel & Christine


2 Responses to “Our Bodies Ourselves Needs You: Read Our Appeal”

  1. uberVU - social comments Says:

    Social comments and analytics for this post…

    This post was mentioned on Twitter by randomdeanna: RT @cmc2: Our Bodies Ourselves needs *you* to continue its work. Please RT the appeal: http://bit.ly/7qNZiy … so much more than a book!…

  2. Jessica A Bruno Says:

    Have read it and submitted feedback. Which just a suggestion about changing operating systems then anything else.

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