Giving Tuesday is just one week away—a day when millions of compassionate people like you will support organizations both big and small all around the world. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.
This year, a generous donor has stepped up to show her commitment to stabilizing global population by offering to double the first $5,000 in gifts to Population Connection before midnight on Tuesday, November 28th.
I hope you’ll take this opportunity to support us next week and see your gift go twice as far. Thanks to members, volunteers, and activists like you, we’ve ramped up our programs throughout 2017 to push back against attacks on contraceptive access, preservation of natural resources, and vital efforts to mitigate climate change. However, the road ahead is still long, as these dire numbers illustrate:
- 9.8 Billion—This is the median global population projection for 2050. That’s just 33 years from now. (Read more about population projections here)
- 214 Million—That’s how many women and girls in the developing world express an unmet need for modern contraception. (Learn how unmet need is defined and determined)
- 6.5 Million—This is how many unintended pregnancies Marie Stopes International estimates will occur due to the Trump administration’s cuts to their global family planning funding. (The Global Gag Rule has real-world consequences, as covered in Lisa Shannon’s cover story from the September issue of Population Connection.)
We’re here—along with all of you—to keep fighting for a more sustainable world. We believe that stabilizing human population is vital to solving the direst problems facing our globe today.
I hope you’ll consider supporting us this giving season. Your support will help Population Connection advocate for universal, affordable access to birth control; educate tomorrow’s leaders about global population challenges; and mobilize Americans to take action for progressive policies to end rapid population growth.