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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New Funding at the Intersection of the Environment and Disability Rights

New Funding at the Intersection of the Environment and Disability Rights

Disability rights is an important component of environmental justice, but one that funders can overlook. Some are paying increasing attention to this intersection, including a collaboration between Ford and Global Greengrants Fund.

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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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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 Force for Good: Why Some Funders are Bullish on Public Interest Technology

A Force for Good: Why Some Funders are Bullish on Public Interest Technology

Warnings about the risks posed by technology have been growing louder and more urgent. But an initiative launched last month imagines a more hopeful future in which technologists advance the public interest. Who’s behind it, and what’s the plan?

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Who Is Funding Solutions to the Root Causes of Mexican and Central American Migration?

Who Is Funding Solutions to the Root Causes of Mexican and Central American Migration?

Crime, violence, and deep poverty continue to push Mexicans and Central Americans to flee northward. Several top U.S. foundations have been working on these challenges for years. What are they doing? And what’s been the impact?

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Ford and the Fords: A "Creature of Capitalism" Reconnects with an Industrial Dynasty

Ford and the Fords: A "Creature of Capitalism" Reconnects with an Industrial Dynasty

There hasn’t been a Ford family member on the Ford Foundation’s board for more than four decades. With Henry Ford III now joining the board, Benjamin Soskis explores the historical backstory, along with larger questions about capitalism and philanthropy.

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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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Looking Inward: The New Fund Seeking Racial Equity in the Nonprofit Sector

Looking Inward: The New Fund Seeking Racial Equity in the Nonprofit Sector

Nonprofits rarely resemble the communities they serve, which can limit both their impact and legitimacy. A new fund backed by two top foundations aims to change that. What’s the strategy and where are grants going?

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In All Its Forms: Ford's VP of Inclusive Economies Talks Strategy

In All Its Forms: Ford's VP of Inclusive Economies Talks Strategy

Since its restructuring, the iconic Ford Foundation has been tackling key drivers of inequality. Xavier de Souza Briggs, who leads Ford’s economic grantmaking, gives us an in-depth look at what that means.

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New Linkages: A Closer Look at a K-12 Collaboration Between Two Top Funders

New Linkages: A Closer Look at a K-12 Collaboration Between Two Top Funders

There’s growing funder interest in addressing the social and economic factors that influence student success. A new initiative backed by Ford and CZI, Together for Students, underscores this important trend.

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The Future Is Now: Behind the Surge In Los Angeles Arts Philanthropy

The Future Is Now: Behind the Surge In Los Angeles Arts Philanthropy

While the billionaire Eli Broad used to complain about LA being a "one-philanthropist city"—namely, him—the city is now flush with deep-pocketed and highly motivated art donors. Where's it all leading? 

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Who Is Hilary Pennington? A Few Questions for Ford's New Executive Vice President

Who Is Hilary Pennington? A Few Questions for Ford's New Executive Vice President

Last week, Pennington became the most senior program person at the Ford Foundation, one of the top jobs in the philanthropy world. In this revealing interview, she discusses her background and work at Ford. 

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