Voluntary Family Planning
TWCF supports projects focused on minimizing future poverty and sickness in ways that are distinct from more popular or traditional humanitarian efforts. We pursue research and programs aimed at preventing the need for such traditional efforts in the future. Generally, funding is given to support education and other help in voluntary family planning to enable parents to choose the number of children they have. We encourage projects that promote self-respect, personal responsibility, future-mindedness, goal setting, reliability, and resiliency in the face of cultural and peer pressures. Projects should be outside the “mainstream,” innovative, beneficial to humanity, sustainable, and strategic in their potential to alleviate future poverty and sickness.
Sir John Templeton was clear that his foundations were only to fund work for voluntary family planning. TWCF respects the life, liberty, and autonomy of each individual. TWCF supports neither work that aims to reinforce state or other forced family planning policies, nor research or programs that promote the destruction of life from the time of conception until natural death. We affirm and reiterate the belief that each and every person (past, present, and future) has intrinsic moral worth.
Proposals for Voluntary Family Planning may involve:
- Purchasing and distributing contraceptive devices and medications to those who lack them;
- Promoting the advantages of voluntary family planning to local communities;
- Facilitating access to tools and information concerning ways to control family size voluntarily;
- Engaging religious leaders in fostering education about voluntary family planning.
Projects should be forward-thinking, proactive, and sustainable. Examples might include:
- Evidence-based education programs to inform and empower women about reproduction and control of family size;
- Research to evaluate education programs and interventions for voluntary family planning;
- Research to produce new methods of birth control and improved procurement of such contraceptives;
- Improved policy commitments of domestic and foreign governments, other donors, and the private sector with respect to voluntary family planning;
- Analysis of the barriers that prevent individual women, families, or communities from viewing family planning as a legitimate personal choice.