New Funder-Backed Alliance Advocates for Criminal Justice Reform

New Funder-Backed Alliance Advocates for Criminal Justice Reform

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.

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Amid a Wave of Mass Shootings, New Grants Flow for Gun Violence Research

Amid a Wave of Mass Shootings, New Grants Flow for Gun Violence Research

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.

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Inmates to Entrepreneurs: A Tech Winner Focuses on Turning Around Lives

Inmates to Entrepreneurs: A Tech Winner Focuses on Turning Around Lives

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.

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Why This Philanthropist is Behind a Group Pushing to Reform Probation and Parole

Why This Philanthropist is Behind a Group Pushing to Reform Probation and Parole

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.

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Stand Together: The Koch-Backed Anti-Poverty Group Starting off 2019 with a Bang

Stand Together: The Koch-Backed Anti-Poverty Group Starting off 2019 with a Bang

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?

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Quantitative Advocacy: How an Effective Altruist Funder Backs Criminal Justice Reform

Quantitative Advocacy: How an Effective Altruist Funder Backs Criminal Justice Reform

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.

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With a Billionaire’s Backing, Philadelphia Aims to Remake Its Juvenile Justice System

With a Billionaire’s Backing, Philadelphia Aims to Remake Its Juvenile Justice System

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.

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After Staff and Budget Cuts, a Policy Group is Looking to Ramp Up its Fundraising

After Staff and Budget Cuts, a Policy Group is Looking to Ramp Up its Fundraising

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.”

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With its Latest Grants, the Art for Justice Fund is Looking to Spark New Connections

With its Latest Grants, the Art for Justice Fund is Looking to Spark New Connections

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.

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How a Top Foundation is Betting Big on Prison Education and Reentry

How a Top Foundation is Betting Big on Prison Education and Reentry

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.

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Got Ideas for Helping Fix a Broken Probation System? Talk to This Funder

Got Ideas for Helping Fix a Broken Probation System? Talk to This Funder

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.

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Top Foundations Are Keen to Smooth Reentry for Incarcerated People. Here’s What They’re Learning.

Top Foundations Are Keen to Smooth Reentry for Incarcerated People. Here’s What They’re Learning.

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.

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A Top Justice Reform Funder Targets the Prison System, Aiming for “Radical Change”

A Top Justice Reform Funder Targets the Prison System, Aiming for “Radical Change”

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.

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Arnold Makes Jails a New Front in Battle Against Opioid Addiction

Arnold Makes Jails a New Front in Battle Against Opioid Addiction

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.

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A Prominent Jewish Humanitarian Prize Goes to a Criminal Justice Reformer

A Prominent Jewish Humanitarian Prize Goes to a Criminal Justice Reformer

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.

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With Funding in Scant Supply, a Grantmaker Steps up Big Time for Gun Violence Research

With Funding in Scant Supply, a Grantmaker Steps up Big Time for Gun Violence Research

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.

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Many Paths to Progress: A Funder-Backed Study Sets its Sights on Reducing Gun Violence

Many Paths to Progress: A Funder-Backed Study Sets its Sights on Reducing Gun Violence

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.

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With Momentum Building, a Foundation Zeroes in on Criminal Justice Reform

With Momentum Building, a Foundation Zeroes in on Criminal Justice Reform

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.

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