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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Full Spectrum: A Venture Funder’s Latest Moves to Fuel Progressive Change

Full Spectrum: A Venture Funder’s Latest Moves to Fuel Progressive Change

New Media Ventures takes a VC-like approach to backing the “resistance,” providing early-stage support to organizations on the front lines that take a range of approaches—including nonprofit, for-profit, (c)3 and (c)4 outfits.

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Eat. Learn. Play: A Closer Look at the New Foundation of an NBA Power Couple

Eat. Learn. Play: A Closer Look at the New Foundation of an NBA Power Couple

NBA superstar Stephen Curry and his wife Ayesha offer a case study of the new philanthropic energy in professional sports. Tapping serious wealth, they’re turning to giving early and also thinking strategically about collaboration and scale.

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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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A Long Way to Go: What Kind of Change is Needed Within Foundations to Advance Racial Equity?

A Long Way to Go: What Kind of Change is Needed Within Foundations to Advance Racial Equity?

Many in the philanthropic sector are beginning to grapple with embedded racism in ways that they haven’t before. But experts say that the hard work of turning these conversations into real organizational change has only just begun.

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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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Boots on the Ground: How Corporate Foundations Are Supporting Veterans

Boots on the Ground: How Corporate Foundations Are Supporting Veterans

Supporting veterans has become a hot topic in the corporate foundation world. What’s driving this heightened attention? Where are grants going? And what approaches to lifting up former service personnel are showing results?

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How Has This Public-Private Effort to Defend L.A.’s Immigrants Shaped Up?

How Has This Public-Private Effort to Defend L.A.’s Immigrants Shaped Up?

With a mission to help nonprofits extend free legal aid to immigrants, the L.A. Justice Fund launched in 2017 with support from both philanthropy and government. Two years on, it’s built up crucial infrastructure. But the scale of need remains vast.

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Amplifying New Voices: How Chicago Funders Are Investing in Diverse Leaders for Racial Equity

Amplifying New Voices: How Chicago Funders Are Investing in Diverse Leaders for Racial Equity

More funders are grappling with issues of equity and who gets heard in civic debates. In Chicago, the Field Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation recently launched a new effort to elevate voices from historically marginalized communities.

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Gender Norms Don’t Get Enough Attention from Funders. Here’s How Philanthropy Can do Better

Gender Norms Don’t Get Enough Attention from Funders. Here’s How Philanthropy Can do Better

Decades of studies have shown that challenging harmful gender norms are a key to improving outcomes in under-served communities. Riki Wilchins explores how some foundations are stepping up here, backing gender audits and other strategies.

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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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Feeling the Pride: The Boston Foundation Is Giving More Than Ever Before for LGBTQ Issues

Feeling the Pride: The Boston Foundation Is Giving More Than Ever Before for LGBTQ Issues

In recent years, we’ve seen an uptick in funding for LGBTQ causes by community foundations—a trend that reflects growing donor interest. The Boston Foundation is an example of a local grantmaker that’s been giving more in this space.

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After Shifting its Strategy, a Foundation Gets Behind Jewish Women Social Entrepreneurs

After Shifting its Strategy, a Foundation Gets Behind Jewish Women Social Entrepreneurs

Faced with tepid growth, the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York—a funding intermediary—decided to switch things up to focus on backing dynamic and emerging nonprofit leaders. Its new initiative, The Collective, just made a first round of grants

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