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Fòs Feminista

CharityWatch report issued
November 2020

Top-Rated Charity
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Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
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Cost to Raise $100
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$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

Fòs Feminista
125 Maiden Lane
9th Floor
New York, NY 10038

Other Names

International Planned Parenthood Federation Western Hemisphere Region (IPPFWHR)–(formerly)

Tax Status


Stated Mission

To improve the quality of life of individuals by campaigning for sexual and reproductive health and rights through advocacy and services, especially for poor and vulnerable people.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2019

Program Percentage: 89%

The percentage of Fòs Feminista's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $12

How many dollars Fòs Feminista spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
International Planned Parenthood Federation - Western Hemisphere Region IRS Form 990 13-1845455
International Planned Parenthood Federation - Western Hemisphere Region Audited Financial Statements 13-1845455
Entity: International Planned Parenthood Federation - Western Hemisphere Region
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 13-1845455
Entity: International Planned Parenthood Federation - Western Hemisphere Region
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 13-1845455

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Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
Privacy Policy
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  Name Title Compensation
1 Giselle Carino CEO & Regional Director $399,331
2 Christine Garrison CFO $274,490
3 Maria Antonieta Alcalde Past Director of Advocacy $262,459
  Note: Includes $130,000 severance payment.
Name: Giselle Carino
Title: CEO & Regional Director
Compensation: $399,331
Name: Christine Garrison
Title: CFO
Compensation: $274,490
Name: Maria Antonieta Alcalde
Title: Past Director of Advocacy
Compensation: $262,459
Note: Includes $130,000 severance payment.

CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.

In June 2021, the International Planned Parenthood Federation–Western Hemisphere Region (IPPFWHR) "joined forces with the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) and the International Women's Health Coalition (IWHC) to create a new feminist alliance, under the leadership of IPPFWHR," according to a statement on fosfeminista.org.

According to the About Us page on fosfeminista.org:  "Fòs Feminista carries forward the work and partnerships of the three organizations — IPPFWHR, IWHC, and CHANGE — that formed a feminist alliance in June 2021 with a vision to advance sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice through an intersectional feminist lens and a commitment to the leadership from the Global South."

The About Us page also states:  "Fòs Feminista is the new name of the organization formerly known as International Planned Parenthood Federation Western Hemisphere Region (IPPFWHR), which separated from the global International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) in 2020 and is not affiliated with IPPF or the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA)."

CharityWatch's current rating of Fòs Feminista based on the fiscal year ended 12/31/2019 is for the organization formerly known as International Planned Parenthood Federation Western Hemisphere Region (IPPFWHR), prior to the formation of its alliance with the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) and the International Women's Health Coalition (IWHC), which occurred in June 2021. Therefore, the rating does not include the financial activities of CHANGE or IWHC. (CHANGE and IWHC are not rated separately by CharityWatch).

According to the International Planned Parenthood Federation–Western Hemisphere Region audit of December 31, 2019 (Note 5, Grants and Contributions Receivable):

"...Two donors represent approximately 19% and 25% of operating contributions and grants revenue for the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively."

According to the International Planned Parenthood Federation–Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR) 2019 tax filing, IPPF/WHR reports receiving donated services and use of facilities on which it placed a total value of $391,641 (IRS Form 990, Schedule D, Part XI).

[Note: CharityWatch generally excludes the value of in-kind (non-cash) donations of goods and services from its calculations of Program % and Cost to Raise $100. More information on how grades are calculated and the treatment of in-kind donations can be found on the Our Process page.]

According to the International Planned Parenthood Federation–Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR) audit of December 31, 2019 (Note 13, Subsequent Events):

"On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization ('WHO') announced a global health emergency because of a new strain of coronavirus...(the 'COVID-19 outbreak') and the risks to the international community as the virus spreads globally... In March 2020, the WHO classified the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic...

"The full impact of the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve as of the date of this report [April 9, 2020]. As such, it is uncertain as to the full magnitude that the pandemic could have on IPPF/WHR's financial condition, liquidity, and future results of operations. However, due to IPPF/WHR's ongoing efforts to continue the operational efficiencies it has developed over the last few years, IPPF/WHR was able to move to a fully remote working model effective March 13, 2020, and has the ability to continue to execute on its business model remotely.

"IPPF/WHR's operations are heavily dependent on private and public donations from individuals, foundations, corporations and investment returns as well as funding from IPPF [International Planned Parenthood Federation]. Additionally, access to grants and contracts from international governments may decrease or may not be available depending on appropriations. As of the date of this report, the investment [sic] has experienced a temporary decline in value. The outbreak has also had a negative impact on the worldwide economy and as such may impact future funding. Several of IPPF/WHR's donors have offered flexibility around the use of funds they have been provided. The outbreak may have a continued material adverse impact on economic and market conditions, triggering a period of global economic slowdown. This situation may depress donations...and reduce investment returns during fiscal year 2020. As such, this may hinder IPPF/WHR's ability to advance their mission and their financial condition and liquidity may be negatively impacted for the fiscal year 2020.

"Management is actively assessing the global situation and will continue to assess and address the potential impact on its financial condition, liquidity, operations, suppliers, industry, and workforce... Given the daily evolution of the COVID-19 outbreak and the global responses to curb its spread, IPPF/WHR is not able to estimate the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak on its results of operations, financial condition, or liquidity for fiscal year 2020.

"On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was enacted. ... IPPF/WHR management is currently evaluating the effect of the CARES Act on its financial statements.

"In fiscal year 2019, IPPF/WHR worked on a reform process to improve and make its business model more effective. IPPF will continue to move forward and implement this reform process in fiscal year 2020."

According to the International Planned Parenthood Federation–Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR) 2019 tax filing, IPPF/WHR reports re: Compensation, Supplemental Information (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part III):

Regarding severance payments to officers, directors, trustees, key employees and highest compensated employees (Schedule J, Part I, Line 4a):

"Maria Antonieta Alcalde, Director of Advocacy thru 7/19, received severance payment of $130,000 during 2019..."

The reported total compensation in 2019 for Maria Antonieta Alcalde, including the $130,000 severance payment, is $262,459 (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part II).

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