At Borealis Philanthropy, taking cues from movement leaders is paramount. Its new fund to back justice reform organizers just awarded its first grants, and it’s renewing the call for applications for its immigration litigation fund.
Around 4.5 million Americans are on probation or parole—over twice the number of adults incarcerated. Here’s who’s backing a new initiative to organize reform-minded local officials toward a leaner, less punitive model of community supervision.
It’s not often you find the Ford Foundation and Koch Industries on the same side of an issue. But criminal justice is one such issue, and both are backing a new policy group focused on advancing reform, along with other prominent funders.
While the need for stronger gun laws may seem like common sense to many Americans, there is a surprising void of hard evidence to inform policymaking in this area. A new collaborative just made $10 million in research grants to change that.
After selling his tech company, Brian Hamilton started a foundation to scale up work he’d been doing for many years to help formerly incarcerated individuals start businesses. But the foundation’s work has expanded beyond that.
The REFORM Alliance advocates criminal justice reform, especially around probation and parole, focusing on legislation at the state level. Laura Arnold, co-founder of Arnold Ventures, is one of the group’s strongest allies.
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?
The Open Philanthropy Project—backstopped by a large Facebook fortune—has quietly become a powerhouse backer of advocacy to reduce mass incarceration. But its approach distinguishes it from other top criminal justice funders.
Philadelphia hopes to keep youth from entering its juvenile justice system and intervene in factors such as poverty and violence to prevent further offending. A $1 million Bloomberg grant is helping the city realize its vision.
The Drug Policy Alliance has gone through some tough times lately, laying off employees and closing state offices. One challenge for the group has been that there are few institutional funders in an area that’s “been a third-rail issue.”
Since its launch two years ago, the Art for Justice Fund has given out $43 million and experimented with new ways to advance criminal justice reform. Its latest round of funding seeks to forge stronger partnerships between artists and advocates.
The Andrew Mellon Foundation has emerged as a leading funder of prison education, seeing such programs as a “public good.” Mellon’s latest big round of grants in this space comes on the heels of a new study showing how such funding can ease reentry.
From gun violence research to pretrial justice reform, Arnold Ventures has been one busy foundation when it comes to criminal justice. Now, with a new initiative aimed at reducing probation revocation rates, the funder shows no sign of slowing down.
A five-year pilot program backed by major grantmakers explored the role of education and other services in helping incarcerated people build successful lives after their release from prison. The initiative is part of a growing funding push around reentry.
With a new funding strategy, Arnold Ventures is betting that evidence and transparency will stimulate policy reform. In addition to supporting new research, initial grants will help expand alternative approaches already in place on the ground.
Half of state and federal prisoners have substance abuse disorders, including opioid addiction, but standard treatment options are almost never available in jails. A leading funder is partnering with the U.S. Justice Department to change that.
Amy Bach’s nonprofit, Measures for Justice, has drawn support from a range of top funders that share her view that better data is a key to driving reform. Now, as the latest winner of the Charles Bronfman Prize, Bach has yet another powerful ally.
Despite claiming nearly 40,000 U.S. lives a year, gun violence is woefully under-researched. Arnold Ventures wants to change that—and so do many scholars. A new collaborative at RAND that Arnold seeded with $20 million has been deluged with proposals.
Students in San Diego schools are at risk of encountering or experiencing human trafficking. A new private-public collaborative seeks to help teachers and children take on this devastating issue.
With Congress long deadlocked on guns, foundations are focusing on practical, local steps to reduce the death toll. A case in point is the Motorola Solutions Foundation’s support of a law enforcement nonprofit that recently issued a wide-ranging set of recommendations.
Women are the fastest-growing segment of incarcerated people in America. And for those stuck in Gotham’s notorious island jail, the hardships can be extreme. The New York Women’s Foundation and its Justice Fund partners are trying to change that.
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.
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.