Justice reform has long been part of the Public Welfare Foundation’s portfolio. But with political winds shifting and new openings for progress, it plans to focus most of its grantmaking in this area, starting with new local-level work in Washington D.C.
Much of America has a two-tiered system that allows affluent defendants to buy their freedom before trial, while poorer people often languish in jail. In its latest move to change that, Arnold Ventures just launched an ambitious new partnership for pretrial justice reform.
With over 600,000 people released from prison every year, reentry challenges are drawing more attention from philanthropy. One nonprofit in this space that’s teaching coding to inmates has found some powerful allies, including the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.
While sex work or trafficking occasionally make headlines, sex workers and their rights have been largely ignored by the public and by philanthropy. But new funding movements, giving circles, and collaboratives are seeking to change that.
Charles Koch’s foundation has been giving millions for research and policy advocacy aimed at reducing mass incarceration, changing sentencing laws, and other criminal justice reforms. But this funding isn’t as a surprising as it might seem.
Too often, the gains made by former prisoners in creating new lives for themselves risk being washed away by inflexible systems of parole and probation. With 4.5 million Americans under such supervision, we look at what two foundations are doing to advance reform.
Stand Together, an anti-poverty organization backed by the conservative Koch network, plans to release $10 to $15 million in grants this month. What’s driving this giving by leading donors on the right and where have grants gone so far?
While there’s a lot of funding action around criminal justice reform, grantmaking efforts don’t always go as planned. A bail reform push that misfired in Washington State provides some important lessons for foundations and government agencies alike.
As the push to keep kids out of the criminal justice system gains steam, the Art for Justice Fund is backing an ambitious effort to increase access to the arts for at-risk and justice system-involved youth in Los Angeles.
The Art for Justice Fund was launched last year to help end mass incarceration and has already given away $40 million. We take a closer look at the fund's model against a backdrop of fast-moving political developments.
Ohio helped swing the 2016 election to Donald Trump, and the GOP controls both the governorship and state legislature there. But the Gordon Gund Foundation keeps working against the tide to advance a progressive agenda.
Women are now the fastest-growing population of incarcerated Americans. The New York Women’s Foundation, the latest funder to take on mass incarceration, has launched a Justice Fund focused on NYC’s women and girls.
The MacArthur Foundation’s investment in reforming U.S. jails is now approaching $150 million. It’s increasing funding amid what it says are “promising results and an appetite for more reform” among local officials.
Helena Huang, project director for the Art for Justice Fund, talks about how the fund’s latest round of grantmaking supports its goal of changing public policy to safely reduce the U.S. prison population.
Backstopped by a $40 billion tech fortune, the Ballmer Group continues to expand in new directions, making big gifts of unrestricted support. Here’s a look at its latest major move.
Even before the shooting in Parkland, Florida, funders were backing local approaches to curbing gun violence. Now, some—like Cal Wellness—are looking to fuel the new student activism on guns and other issues.
In the fight against American mass incarceration, bail reform has become a top priority. We get the inside scoop on the Bail Project, which has pulled in millions in funding with a simple idea: pay defendants’ bail.
Women of color are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS and the harsh practices of the criminal justice system. Now, this group is getting new help around these issues from a top funder in California.
Civil Rights Corps is taking a confrontational approach to criminal justice reform, using litigation to challenge money bail and other unfair practices. Some powerful funders have swung behind the group.
Hedge funder Ken Griffin has teamed up with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to back next-gen data analysis to improve policing. It's yet another example of philanthropy supporting innovative civic projects.
Can better journalism help more Americans find common ground on a hotly divisive issue? The Kendeda Fund thinks so. It's backing ideologically diverse reporting on guns even as it plugs into the Parkland movement.
With seed money from Agnes Gund’s Art for Change fund, a new fellowship positions the written word as an important way to help tackle issues related to mass incarceration.
Financier Chris Flowers and his wife Anne have zeroed in on challenges far away in southern Africa and close to home in Harlem. What's the connection? And how does the J.C. Flowers Foundation operate?
Los Angeles County incarcerates more young people than anywhere else in the nation and most of them are kids of color. A group of local funders is pressing for reform.
New grassroots energy following the latest mass shooting has attracted celebrity donors and spurred hopes for reform. But longstanding funders in this space also see an opening for gains.
Once they're out of prison, many former inmates find themselves locked out of the very opportunities that'll keep them from returning. This program aims to change that by empowering social entrepreneurs.
Fresh from announcing a five-year, billion-dollar philanthropic game plan, Google.org is doubling down on evidence-based criminal justice reform. Racial equity is one big priority.
With government at all levels facing fiscal problems, more donors are stepping forward to pay for public services. We dive into the latest example—and the tricky issues raised by such giving.
Five months after its launch, the fund, seeded with money from Gund's sale of Roy Lichtenstein's "Masterpiece," announced its first round of grants, with a surprising focus on literary organizations.
This year, 700,000 people will be released from jails and prisons across the country. Forty percent will return. Some foundations see college as a key to breaking this cycle.