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.
The Isabel Allende Foundation’s grants in this space focus on protecting girls, women and children from violence.
The Adobe Foundation broadly supports anti-crime and anti-violence initiatives around the United States.
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.
The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation supports organizations ensuring the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being of children in the United States.
The American Psychological Foundation grants support researchers investigating the connection between behavior and violence.
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.
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.
The Laura and John Arnold Foundation supports organizations advancing community and neighborhood safety by examining some of the root causes of crime and violence.
The AT&T Foundation supports organizations helping local communities become safe places to live and work.
The Sidley Austin Foundation supports anti-crime and anti-violence organizations across the United States.
The Sidney R. Baer Foundation’s criminal justice grants focus on the criminal justice system’s treatment of people suffering from mental illness.
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.
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.
The Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation’s focus on racism, xenophobia and immigrants’ rights.
The BNSF Railway Foundation’s crime and violence prevention grants typically focus on women and children.
The David Bohnett Foundation supports U.S. organizations combating gun violence.
The Otto Bremer Trust awards crime and violence prevention grants to organizations located in the upper Midwest region of the United States.
The Butler Family Fund supports local, regional and national criminal justice reform organizations.
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.
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.
The Celanese Foundation invest in grantmaking that helps at-risk families grow and thrive across the United States.
Chatlos Foundation names “prison alternatives” as one of its social justice grantmaking concerns.
The DanPaul Foundation’s violence prevention grantmaking focuses on protecting children.
The Devon Creek Foundation’s crime and violence related grants focus on conflict prevention, de-escalation and resolution.
The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s grants in the violence and crime space center on protecting children from neglect and abuse.
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.
The EMpower Foundation prioritizes improving the lives of at-risk children and young people ages 10 to 24.
The charitable arm of the national car rental company, Enterprise Holdings awards grants to anti-crime and violence organizations across the country.
The Fluor Foundation’s crime and violence prevention grants tend to focus on domestic violence.
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.
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.
The Fund for Global Human Rights awards grants to organizations working in North Africa, Latin America, South Asia, Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
The Fund for Nonviolence supports organizations that address systemic crime and violence, as well as a fair and equitable justice system.
The David Geffen Foundation supports a wide range of anti-crime and violence organizations across the United States.
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.
The Global Fund for Children supports organizations that protect a child’s right to grow up free of violence and exploitation.
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 broadly supports a number of criminal justice reform organizations across the United States.
The Grainger Foundation mainly focuses its crime and violence grants on at risk families and youth.
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.
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.
The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation awards research grants to individuals investigating crime and violence interventions and prevention.
The Edward W. Hazen Foundation’s criminal justice and anti-violence grants focus on structural oppression and its impact on young people.
The Heising-Simons Foundation’s crime and violence grants prioritize women and girls, people involved in the criminal justice system and undocumented communities.
The Highmark Foundation focuses its crime and violence grantmaking on anti-bullying and bullying prevention efforts.
The Charles Evans Hughes Memorial broadly funds “programs of national scope” related to law, human rights, environment, public health, education, arts, and culture.
The Roy A. Hunt supports organizations working with high- and at-risk youth and young adults.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s crime and violence grants support a wide array of anti-violence programs and studies across the United States.
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.
The JP Morgan Chase Foundation supports local, regional, and national anti-crime and violence organizations.
The Mary Kay Foundation focuses its crime and violence grantmaking on ending domestic violence against women and children.
This funder’s crime and violence related grants often revolve around healing racial and social injustices and building safe neighborhoods.
The Kendeda Fund supports organizations that work to prevent gun violence at the local, state, and national levels.
The Charles Koch Foundation primarily funds research into issues surrounding the criminal justice system in the United States.
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.
The Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation supports violence prevention organizations working at the community level.
The Lawrence Foundation prioritizes grassroots and local organizations in its grantmaking for crime and violence prevention.
The Leon Levy Foundation awards anti-crime and violence grants from a human rights perspective.
The Max and Anna Levinson Foundation seeks organizations fighting for justice for the most vulnerable and marginalized populations in the U.S. and abroad.
The Libra Foundation awards grants to organizations fighting for social justice, promoting government accountability and advocating for drug policy reform.
The Reva and David Logan Foundation awards grant to anti-crime and violence organizations across the country.
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.
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 seeks grassroots groups combating violence against women and girls.
The MAXIMUS Foundation focuses its crime and violence related grants on child abuse, domestic violence and family abuse.
The MacFarlane Foundation broadly funds social justice and criminal justice reform in the United States.
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.
The Nationwide Foundation awards grants to organizations that promote community safety and helping at-risk families and youth.
The Nasiri Foundation prioritizes organizations located in the San Francisco Bay area; however, it awards grants located across the country.
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.
The Nexus Fund combats hate speech committed against ethnic, religious, and racial minorities, women, and LGBTQ communities.
The NFL Foundation funds criminal justice reform initiatives in the United States as part of its social justice grantmaking.
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.
The NoVo Foundation invests in organizations combating regressive policies against marginalized populations.
The Oak Foundation directs its crime and violence prevention grants toward programs involving children, women and human rights violations.
The Open Philanthropy Project works to reduce the national incarceration rate while maintaining public safety in the United States.
Peace Development Fund awards peace-building grants to community-based organizations in the United States, Haiti and Mexico.
The Pershing Square Foundation supports a wide range of crime and violence prevention organizations.
The Proteus Fund supports organizations leveraging their resources to effect social change related to human rights, democracy and peace-building.
The Public Welfare Foundation focuses on addressing criminal justice reforms. It also works to counter mass incarceration.
The David Rockefeller Fund supports criminal justice and youth incarceration reform.
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.
The Sandler Foundation invests heavily in the ACLU and other civil rights organizations.
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.
The Schooner Foundation’s international grants focus on human rights, peace-building, global security, and economic opportunity.
The Skees Family Foundation focuses its grantmaking related to crime and violence on creating safer communities, youth crime and violence prevention and protecting children.
This funder focuses its crime and violence grants largely on tolerance, understanding shared society principles and collaborative efforts concerning inter-group relations.
The Steele-Reese Foundation focuses its grantmaking related to crime and violence on creating safer communities, youth crime and violence prevention and protecting children.
The Barbara Stiefel Foundation funds social justice initiatives and criminal justice reform in the United States.
The Levi Strauss Foundation’s grants in this space largely focus on discrimination and violence against people living with HIV/AIDS.
The Sunflower Foundation supports criminal justice and human rights initiatives in the United States and abroad.
The Sunshine Lady Foundation supports domestic violence organizations around the United States.
TJX U.S. Foundation’s giving related to crime and violence prioritizes domestic violence.
The Tow Foundation gives funding preference to organizations located in Connecticut and New York.
The UBS Optimus Foundation crime and violence grantmaking benefits children.
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.
The Verizon Foundation crime and violence prevention grants focus on domestic violence in the United States.
The Wagner Foundation supports criminal justice reform programs combating a number of institutional and systemic challenges across the United States.
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg supports programs helping individuals and families who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other types of abuse.
The Weissberg Foundation supports anti-crime and violence organizations with annual budgets of $2.5 million or less.
The Weyerhaeuser Foundation seeks organizations that help girls, women and families overcome poverty and violence.
The Wunderkinder Foundation supports anti-crime and violence organizations located in the United States.
The Zegar Family Foundation supports organizations working on human rights, social justice and criminal justice.