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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Presumed Innocent? A Funder Steps Up Its Push Against a Deeply Unfair Pretrial Justice System

Presumed Innocent? A Funder Steps Up Its Push Against a Deeply Unfair Pretrial Justice System

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.

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Coding Behind Bars: How Some Funders Want to Prepare Inmates for Life on the Outside

Coding Behind Bars: How Some Funders Want to Prepare Inmates for Life on the Outside

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.

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Man Bites Dog? Not Quite. But Koch Support for Criminal Justice Reform is Pretty Interesting

Man Bites Dog? Not Quite. But Koch Support for Criminal Justice Reform is Pretty Interesting

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.

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Behind a New Initiative to Reform Parole and Probation Nationwide

Behind a New Initiative to Reform Parole and Probation Nationwide

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.

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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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What Went Wrong With This Foundation-Backed Effort to Lower Jail Populations?

What Went Wrong With This Foundation-Backed Effort to Lower Jail Populations?

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.

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As Hopes Rise for Criminal Justice Reform, This Fund Keeps the Grants Flowing

As Hopes Rise for Criminal Justice Reform, This Fund Keeps the Grants Flowing

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.

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A Moral and Practical Imperative: A Women's Foundation Fights Mass Incarceration

A Moral and Practical Imperative: A Women's Foundation Fights Mass Incarceration

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.

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Changing Hearts and Minds: How the Art For Justice Fund Hopes to Reduce Mass Incarceration

Changing Hearts and Minds: How the Art For Justice Fund Hopes to Reduce Mass Incarceration

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.

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Next Up in the Ballmer Group's Opportunity Push: Taking on Youth Incarceration

Next Up in the Ballmer Group's Opportunity Push: Taking on Youth Incarceration

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.

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Disrupting Bail: An Innovative Criminal Justice Reform Idea Gains Momentum—And Funders

Disrupting Bail: An Innovative Criminal Justice Reform Idea Gains Momentum—And Funders

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.

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A Health Funder Puts Women of Color Front and Center of Latest Work

A Health Funder Puts Women of Color Front and Center of Latest Work

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.

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