Global Gag Rule Emergency Campaign

Client: International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region



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In January 2017, President Trump reinstated the Global Gag Rule, blocking U.S. funds to health providers who discuss or provide abortion as a family planning option. This impacted our client, International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR), which works with partner organizations to provide sexual and reproductive health services across Latin America and the Caribbean.


We responded quickly, creating fully integrated direct mail and digital campaign, including:

  • An emergency email the day of the announcement, followed by a two-part email series
  • A homepage takeover box on IPPF/WHR’s website
  • An emergency direct mail Actiongram to current, high-level, and prospective donors.


  • The Actiongram performed exceptionally well in the mail, garnering a nearly 6% response rate from current donors a 1% response rate from acquisition donors.
  • The Actiongram brought in in over $100,000 in revenue from current donors, including mid-level donors.
  • Our Acquisition package earned Faircom runner-up for Best Acquisition Package the DMFA Awards
  • Our first Breaking News email earned a 14.2% open rate, 1.5% click-through rate, and nearly $4,000 in donations -- and prompted three supporters to start giving to IPPF/WHR monthly.
  • The success of this campaign proved that Global Gag Rule messaging is very powerful for IPPF/WHR’s donors, so we continued to run similar campaigns throughout the year.