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The Population Institute (PI) is an international non-profit (registered 501(c)(3) organization) that seeks to promote universal access to family planning information, education, and services. Through voluntary family planning, we strive to achieve a world population in balance with a healthy global environment and resource base. PI was established in 1969 and is located on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
PI's mission is to provide essential leadership to promote voluntary family planning and reproductive health services and increase awareness of the social, economic, and environmental consequences of rapid population growth. PI works actively to educate policymakers, policy administrators, the media and the general public about population issues. PI also recruits and trains tomorrow's population activists, and national membership networks to address population issues. Our programs advance population education and activism. The Institute promotes both international and U.S. support for voluntary family planning programs.
Funding for the Population Institute comes from foundations, corporations and individual gifts. The Institute does not seek or receive financial support from the U.S. government. We welcome both time and financial contributions. Within the limits of the law, all contributions to the Population Institute are tax deductible.
HISTORY OF THE POPULATION INSTITUTE
Founded in 1969, the Population Institute worked in the 1970's with the 50 state legislatures, revising laws that denied access to reproductive health care, as well as working to combat teenage pregnancies through innovative commercials, public personality endorsements, and sex education training.
In 1978, the Institute expanded its horizons by embracing a new organizational element, the Population Action Council, formed to create population awareness and leadership for international population programs.
In 1980, given the magnitude of the population problem in developing nations, the board of directors voted to dedicate the Institute's resources and efforts entirely to the international population issues. Today, the Institute strives to educate industrialized countries about the consequences of rapid population growth on global resources and the environment, as well as to increase support and responsive help for regions needing assistance.