Criminal justice and anti-violence measures and issues are receiving increased attention from funders in recent years. Grantmakers are tackling an array of challenges, which includes reforming the criminal justice system, juvenile justice, preventing gun violence, reducing crime in communities, and addressing domestic violence and sexual assault. 

We are tracking what criminal justice and anti-violence funders are doing and what we're learning is captured in this guide. All the profiles of funders in the guide are updated regularly. Only paid subscribers can access this resource (subscribe here). Make sure to also review our ongoing coverage of grantmaking on crime and violence in our news section focused in this area. 

FUNDERS

ISABEL ALLENDE FOUNDATION

The Isabel Allende Foundation’s grants in this space focus on protecting girls, women and children from violence.

ADOBE FOUNDATION

The Adobe Foundation broadly supports anti-crime and anti-violence initiatives around the United States.  

ALLSTATE FOUNDATION

The Allstate Foundation supports domestic violence organizations across the United States providing services to those in need and working to break the cycle of domestic violence.

AMERICAN LEGION CHILD WELFARE FOUNDATION

The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation supports organizations ensuring the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being of children in the United States.

AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL FOUNDATION

The American Psychological Foundation grants support researchers investigating the connection between behavior and violence.

ANDRUS FAMILY FUND

The Andrus Family Fund supports a variety of anti-crime and anti-violence organizations, as well as, social justice organizations across the United State, focusing on youth populations.

ARCA FOUNDATION

The Arca Foundation supports organizations working on the front lines of social change in an effort to achieve economic, social and racial justice, a clean environment, peace and security.

LAURA AND JOHN ARNOLD FOUNDATION

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation supports organizations advancing community and neighborhood safety by examining some of the root causes of crime and violence.

AT&T FOUNDATION

The AT&T Foundation supports organizations helping local communities become safe places to live and work.

SIDLEY AUSTIN FOUNDATION

The Sidley Austin Foundation supports anti-crime and anti-violence organizations across the United States.

SIDNEY R. BAER, JR. FOUNDATION

The Sidney R. Baer Foundation’s criminal justice grants focus on the criminal justice system’s treatment of people suffering from mental illness.

CAMERON AND JANE BAIRD FOUNDATION

The Cameron and Jane Bird Foundation supports a variety of criminal justice-related organizations across the United States; however, it does not make a large number of such grants each year.

BEN & JERRY’S FOUNDATION

The Ben & Jerry’s Foundation is devoted to supporting grassroots efforts for activism and change. Criminal justice reform is a component of its economic justice initiative.

MORTON K. AND JANE BLAUSTEIN FOUNDATION

The Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation’s focus on racism, xenophobia and immigrants’ rights.

BNSF RAILWAY FOUNDATION

The BNSF Railway Foundation’s crime and violence prevention grants typically focus on women and children.

DAVID BOHNETT FOUNDATION

The David Bohnett Foundation supports U.S. organizations combating gun violence.

OTTO BREMER FOUNDATION

The Otto Bremer Trust awards crime and violence prevention grants to organizations located in the upper Midwest region of the United States.

BUTLER FAMILY FUND

The Butler Family Fund supports local, regional and national criminal justice reform organizations.

CALIFORNIA WELLNESS FOUNDATION

The California Wellness Foundation invests in a variety of health and wellness initiatives among underserved communities. The foundation supports diversity in the health profession, environmental health, healthy aging, mental health, teenage pregnancy prevention, violence prevention, women's health, and work and health.

ANNIE E. CASEY FOUNDATION

The Annie E. Casey Foundation supports research and research-based policy in the areas of child welfare, juvenile justice, community change, evidence-based practice and equity and inclusion.

CELANESE FOUNDATION

The Celanese Foundation invest in grantmaking that helps at-risk families grow and thrive across the United States.

CHATLOS FOUNDATION

Chatlos Foundation names “prison alternatives” as one of its social justice grantmaking concerns.

DANPAUL FOUNDATION

The DanPaul Foundation’s violence prevention grantmaking focuses on protecting children.

DEVON CREEK FOUNDATION

The Devon Creek Foundation’s crime and violence related grants focus on conflict prevention, de-escalation and resolution.

DORIS DUKE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s grants in the violence and crime space center on protecting children from neglect and abuse.  

EINHORN FAMILY CHARITABLE TRUST

The Einhorn Family Trust seeks organizations with the ability to make an impact that is measurable over time. It also appreciates collaborating with its grantee partners.

EMERGING MARKETS FOUNDATION (EMPOWER)

The EMpower Foundation prioritizes improving the lives of at-risk children and young people ages 10 to 24.

ENTERPRISE HOLDINGS FOUNDATION

The charitable arm of the national car rental company, Enterprise Holdings awards grants to anti-crime and violence organizations across the country.

FLUOR FOUNDATION

The Fluor Foundation’s crime and violence prevention grants tend to focus on domestic violence.

FORD FOUNDATION

The Ford Foundation seeks organizations that protect the safety and well-being of all. Grantmaking related to mass incarceration supports sentencing reforms , innovative alternative-to-incarceration models, and new narratives about incarceration that address public safety.

FUND FOR A SAFER FUTURE

The Fund for a Safer Future seeks organizations that advocate for stronger policies to reduce gun violence and those which engage new donors to become involved in the anti-gun violence movement.

FUND FOR GLOBAL HUMAN RIGHTS

The Fund for Global Human Rights awards grants to organizations working in North Africa, Latin America, South Asia, Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

FUND FOR NONVIOLENCE

The Fund for Nonviolence supports organizations that address systemic crime and violence, as well as a fair and equitable justice system.

DAVID GEFFEN FOUNDATION

The David Geffen Foundation supports a wide range of anti-crime and violence organizations across the United States.

GENERAL MOTORS FOUNDATION

The foundation prioritizes anti-crime and violence organizations around the country. It also invests in STEM education, vehicle and road safety, community development, and the Detroit area.  

GLOBAL FUND FOR CHILDREN

The Global Fund for Children supports organizations that protect a child’s right to grow up free of violence and exploitation.

GLOBAL FUND FOR WOMEN

The Global Fund for Women supports organizations that address women’s economic and political rights, as well as women and girls' right to be free from violence.

GOOD VENTURES

Good Ventures broadly supports a number of criminal justice reform organizations across the United States.

GRAINGER FOUNDATION

The Grainger Foundation mainly focuses its crime and violence grants on at risk families and youth.

GREENBAUM FOUNDATION

The Greenbaum Foundation’s crime and violence prevention grantmaking largely supports funding organizations that benefit women, children, combating modern day slavery and fighting against human trafficking.

GROVE FOUNDATION

The Grove Foundation’s grants related to crime and violence largely focus on human and civil rights. The foundation also supports anti-domestic violence organizations.

HARRY FRANK GUGGENHEIM FOUNDATION

The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation awards research grants to individuals investigating crime and violence interventions and prevention.

EDWARD W. HAZEN FOUNDATION

The Edward W. Hazen Foundation’s criminal justice and anti-violence grants focus on structural oppression and its impact on young people.

HEISING-SIMONS FOUNDATION

The Heising-Simons Foundation’s crime and violence grants prioritize women and girls, people involved in the criminal justice system and undocumented communities.

HIGHMARK FOUNDATION

The Highmark Foundation focuses its crime and violence grantmaking on anti-bullying and bullying prevention efforts.

CHARLES EVANS HUGHES MEMORIAL FOUNDATION

The Charles Evans Hughes Memorial broadly funds “programs of national scope” related to law, human rights, environment, public health, education, arts, and culture.

ROY A. HUNT FOUNDATION

The Roy A. Hunt supports organizations working with high- and at-risk youth and young adults.

ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s crime and violence grants support a wide array of anti-violence programs and studies across the United States. 

JOYCE FOUNDATION

The Joyce Foundation awards crime and violence prevention grants to organizations located in the Great Lakes region, including Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

JP MORGAN CHASE FOUNDATION

The JP Morgan Chase Foundation supports local, regional, and national anti-crime and violence organizations. 

MARY KAY FOUNDATION

The Mary Kay Foundation focuses its crime and violence grantmaking on ending domestic violence against women and children.

W.K. KELLOGG FOUNDATION

This funder’s crime and violence related grants often revolve around healing racial and social injustices and building safe neighborhoods. 

KENDEDA FUND

The Kendeda Fund supports organizations that work to prevent gun violence at the local, state, and national levels.

CHARLES KOCH FOUNDATION

The Charles Koch Foundation primarily funds research into issues surrounding the criminal justice system in the United States.

KRESGE FOUNDATION

The Kresge Foundation’s grants in this space are most often awarded to organizations serving those who are victims and survivors of domestic, family and dating violence.

JACOB AND VALERIA LANGELOTH FOUNDATION

The Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation supports violence prevention organizations working at the community level. 

LAWRENCE FOUNDATION

The Lawrence Foundation prioritizes grassroots and local organizations in its grantmaking for crime and violence prevention.

LEON LEVY FOUNDATION

The Leon Levy Foundation awards anti-crime and violence grants from a human rights perspective.

LEVINSON FOUNDATION

The Max and Anna Levinson Foundation seeks organizations fighting for justice for the most vulnerable and marginalized populations in the U.S. and abroad. 

LIBRA FOUNDATION

The Libra Foundation awards grants to organizations fighting for social justice, promoting government accountability and advocating for drug policy reform.

REVA AND DAVID LOGAN FOUNDATION

The Reva and David Logan Foundation awards grant to anti-crime and violence organizations across the country.

MACARTHUR FOUNDATION

The iconic MacArthur Foundation dedicates its crime and violence grants to addressing over-incarceration in the United States and the driving factors that lead to overuse of jails and prisons. 

MARINEAU FAMILY FOUNDATION

The Marineau Family Foundation awards crime and violence prevention grants to organizations working in San Francisco, California; Chicago, Illinois; and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

MARY’S PENCE

Mary’s Pence seeks grassroots groups combating violence against women and girls.

MAXIMUS FOUNDATION

The MAXIMUS Foundation focuses its crime and violence related grants on child abuse, domestic violence and family abuse.  

ROGER I. AND RUTH B. MACFARLANE FOUNDATION

The MacFarlane Foundation broadly funds social justice and criminal justice reform in the United States.

CHARLES STEWART MOTT FOUNDATION

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation prioritizes education, the environment, civil society, and the Flint, Michigan are a. Foundation grants are available to organizations in the U.S. for all funding areas, and internationally through its Civil Society and Environment programs.

NATIONWIDE FOUNDATION

The Nationwide Foundation awards grants to organizations that promote community safety and helping at-risk families and youth.

NASIRI FOUNDATION

The Nasiri Foundation prioritizes organizations located in the San Francisco Bay area; however, it awards grants located across the country.

NEW YORK COMMUNITY TRUST

Funds from the New York Community Trust reach disease-related causes through various routes, with most grantees being in the state of New York. The foundation's disease-related funding tends to prioritize HIV/AIDS and cancer.

NEXUS FUND

The Nexus Fund combats hate speech committed against ethnic, religious, and racial minorities, women, and LGBTQ communities.  

NFL FOUNDATION

The NFL Foundation funds criminal justice reform initiatives in the United States as part of its social justice grantmaking.

NORD FAMILY FOUNDATION

The Nord Family Foundation supports anti-crime and nonviolence organizations located within its geographic priorities; however, it does not support crime and violence research or research programs.  

NOVO FOUNDATION

The NoVo Foundation invests in organizations combating regressive policies against marginalized populations.

OAK FOUNDATION

The Oak Foundation directs its crime and violence prevention grants toward programs involving children, women and human rights violations.

OPEN PHILANTHROPY PROJECT

The Open Philanthropy Project works to reduce the national incarceration rate while maintaining public safety in the United States.

PEACE DEVELOPMENT FUND

Peace Development Fund awards peace-building grants to community-based organizations in the United States, Haiti and Mexico.

PERSHING SQUARE FOUNDATION

The Pershing Square Foundation supports a wide range of crime and violence prevention organizations.

PROTEUS FUND

The Proteus Fund supports organizations leveraging their resources to effect social change related to human rights, democracy and peace-building.

PUBLIC WELFARE FOUNDATION

The Public Welfare Foundation focuses on addressing criminal justice reforms. It also works to counter mass incarceration.

DAVID ROCKEFELLER FUND

The David Rockefeller Fund supports criminal justice and youth incarceration reform.

ROSENBERG FOUNDATION

The Rosenberg Foundation seeks organizations working with low-income communities and communities of color in the areas of criminal justice reform, workers’ rights, immigrants’ rights, and public safety.

HERB AND MARION SANDLER FOUNDATION

The Sandler Foundation invests heavily in the ACLU and other civil rights organizations.

DR. SCHOLL FOUNDATION

The Dr. Scholl Foundation supports anti-crime and violence organizations around the country; however, organizations that are grantmaking entities themselves are not eligible for a Dr. Scholl Foundation grant.

SCHOONER FOUNDATION

The Schooner Foundation’s international grants focus on human rights, peace-building, global security, and economic opportunity.

SKEES FAMILY FOUNDATION

The Skees Family Foundation focuses its grantmaking related to crime and violence on creating safer communities, youth crime and violence prevention and protecting children.

ALAN. B. SLIFKA FOUNDATION

This funder focuses its crime and violence grants largely on tolerance, understanding shared society principles and collaborative efforts concerning inter-group relations.

STEELE-REESE FOUNDATION

The Steele-Reese Foundation focuses its grantmaking related to crime and violence on creating safer communities, youth crime and violence prevention and protecting children.

BARBARA STIEFEL FOUNDATION

The Barbara Stiefel Foundation funds social justice initiatives and criminal justice reform in the United States.

LEVI STRAUSS FOUNDATION

The Levi Strauss Foundation’s grants in this space largely focus on discrimination and violence against people living with HIV/AIDS.

SUNFLOWER FOUNDATION

The Sunflower Foundation supports criminal justice and human rights initiatives in the United States and abroad.

SUNSHINE LADY FOUNDATION

The Sunshine Lady Foundation supports domestic violence organizations around the United States.

TJX U.S. FOUNDATION

TJX U.S. Foundation’s giving related to crime and violence prioritizes domestic violence.

TOW FOUNDATION

The Tow Foundation gives funding preference to organizations located in Connecticut and New York.

UBS OPTIMUS FOUNDATION

The UBS Optimus Foundation crime and violence grantmaking benefits children.

URGENT ACTION FUND FOR WOMEN’S HUMAN RIGHTS

Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights supports women and transgender human rights. This includes violence against both groups, civil rights, sexual violence, sex worker rights, and more.

VERIZON FOUNDATION

The Verizon Foundation crime and violence prevention grants focus on domestic violence in the United States.

WAGNER FOUNDATION

The Wagner Foundation supports criminal justice reform programs combating a number of institutional and systemic challenges across the United States.  

HARRY AND JEANETTE WEINBERG FOUNDATION

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg supports programs helping individuals and families who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other types of abuse.

WEISSBERG FOUNDATION

The Weissberg Foundation supports anti-crime and violence organizations with annual budgets of $2.5 million or less.

WEYERHAEUSER FAMILY FOUNDATION

The Weyerhaeuser Foundation seeks organizations that help girls, women and families overcome poverty and violence.

WUNDERKINDER FOUNDATION

The Wunderkinder Foundation supports anti-crime and violence organizations located in the United States.

ZEGAR FAMILY FOUNDATION

The Zegar Family Foundation supports organizations working on human rights, social justice and criminal justice.