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The Guttmacher Institute is a research and policy organization committed to advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in the United States and globally.[1] The group was founded as an arm of Planned Parenthood, but now operates independently, though it has frequently received financial support from Planned Parenthood.[2]

Guttmacher Institute
Formation 1968; 50 years ago (1968) (as Center for Family Planning Program Development)
Type NGO
Purpose reproductive health, birth control
Region served
United States and globally
$17.5 million



It was founded in 1968 as the Center for Family Planning Program Development, a semiautonomous division of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. It was renamed in memory of Alan Frank Guttmacher, an obstetrician-gynecologist and former president of Planned Parenthood. The Guttmacher Institute became an independent, non-profit corporation in 1977, under the direction of Frederick S. Jaffe, but remained affiliated with Planned Parenthood until 2007.[2] According to the Guttmacher Institute, it has not received financial support from Planned Parenthood since 2013.[2]


The Institute has offices in both New York City and Washington, D.C. Its annual revenue in 2014 was US$16 million, with expenses of $17.5 million and an asset reserve of $43.5 million.[3] The Institute produces a wide range of resources on topics pertaining to SRHR, and also publishes two peer-reviewed journals, International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, and a public policy journal, the Guttmacher Policy Review.

The Institute defines SRHR to encompass the rights of all individuals to make decisions concerning their sexual activity and reproduction, free from discrimination, coercion and violence. The Institute’s focus areas include contraception, unintended pregnancy, abortion, and adolescent sexual and reproductive health.

In 2013, it was awarded a Population Center grant by the US National Institutes of Health in support of the Guttmacher Center for Population Research Innovation and Dissemination.[citation needed] The Guttmacher Institute has received Charity Navigator’s highest 4-star rating annually since 2010.[4] In 2011 and 2013, the Institute was named the #1 organization in the field of reproductive health by Philanthropedia.[5]

See alsoEdit

Sharon Camp, former CEO


  1. ^ "About". Guttmacher Institute. 2015-11-20. Retrieved 2016-05-23. 
  3. ^ "Financials". Guttmacher Institute. 2015-11-20. Retrieved 2016-05-23. 
  4. ^ "Charity Navigator - Rating for Guttmacher Institute". Charity Navigator. Retrieved 2016-05-23. 
  5. ^ "Guttmacher Institute". Philanthropedia. Retrieved 2016-05-23. 

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