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When the Grant Ends

Opportunities and challenges around state-level fundraising

Two years ago, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists received a federal grant that allowed the organization to launch the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM). Eliminating “preventable maternal mortality and severe morbidity across the United States” is ACOG’s goal for the alliance, and to date, AIM is successfully running in 16 states, including California, Maryland, and Mississippi.

But that means there are 34 states where ACOG has not yet made the progress it’s aiming for on its goal to eliminate the preventable deaths of mothers across the entire country. It needed some more funding.

“After running the program for several years and having significant success with it—reducing both maternal and infant mortality and morbidity in all of the states where they ran the pilot program—the next step was to do a 50-state rollout and try to get funding for a series of programs in all 50 states,” says Dan Miller, a fundraising and grant-writing consultant working with the Foundation Management Group (FMG), which is partnering with ACOG in this effort.

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