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.
The first pay for success model has been launched in Los Angeles County, with the hope that permanent supportive housing can reduce the cycle of homeless people revolving through the criminal justice system.
The Trump administration may like the idea of locking people up and throwing away the key. But local officials of both parties are keen to lower the costs of mass incarceration. MacArthur is helping them.
The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation has lately been a leader on arts funding to advance social change. We talk to the foundation's Risë Wilson about how criminal justice moved front and center in this work.
While yet another mass shooting is unlikely to bring a strong federal response, the good news is that funders and advocates are doing more to tackle gun violence at the local level, including in California.
Chris Stone is out as president of OSF. What led to his departure from one of the world's largest foundations? And what challenges, internal and external, does OSF face as it confronts a new era of authoritarianism?
Amid a spike in homicides, Chicago's top funders are partnering to stem the deadly tide, putting the city on the forefront of a growing national push by grantmakers to reduce the carnage from guns.
William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust isn't a well known name in philanthropy, but it's made some sizeable grants lately to address community violence and advance racial equity more broadly.
The first anti-trafficking group in the U.S., working locally with survivors who've escaped bondage, is now going stronger than ever. Where does its funding come from?
If there's an "it" organization in the criminal justice space right now, it's Measures for Justice, which is attracting support from a growing list of top funders. What's all the excitement about?
With an epidemic of gun violence creating a sense of crisis in Chicago and other cities, some funders are stepping up with new grantmaking efforts, including Google.org and MacArthur.
After years of deadlock on an issue that seems hopelessly polarized, some funders feel new optimism as they invest in state and local strategies to prevent gun violence.
The California-based Sierra Foundation tried working within the system to improve how juvenile offenders are treated by the law. When that approach hit roadblocks, it switched strategies.
Rising interest among funders in criminal justice has coincided with another trend in philanthropy: new excitement about the potential of better data and evidence-based solutions. How's this playing out?