The Public Welfare Foundation supports efforts to advance fundamental rights and opportunities for people in need. We look for strategic points where our funds can make a difference and improve lives through policy and system reform.
In its 65-year history, the foundation has distributed more than $530 million in grants to more than 4,700 organizations. The foundation is proud of the achievements of the grantees in a broad spectrum of worthy endeavors.
With current assets of $500 million, Public Welfare now focuses its grantmaking where it believes it can serve best as a catalyst for reform.
Its main programs are Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice, and Workers’ Rights, with a Special Initiative on Civil Legal Aid for the Poor.
To bolster grantees’ staying power and allow them to concentrate their energies on their work, the foundation often gives multi-year grants as well as grants of varying amounts. In its program areas, the foundation clusters grants together under targeted strategies to achieve longer term goals and to create lasting change.
A small number of grants are provided under the Special Opportunities category, reflecting the foundation’s mission and underlying values. These are one-time only grants that are especially timely and compelling. At times, this kind of grant serves as a laboratory for new ideas. The foundation is unable to support unsolicited applications in this program area.
In 2011, the Board approved a time-limited Special Initiative to advance Civil Legal Aid for the Poor under the Special Opportunities program.
The President’s Discretionary Fund offers very small grants to advance the foundation’s mission. Relatively few of these grants are given. The foundation is unable to support unsolicited applications in this program area.
The foundation does not fund individuals, scholarships, direct services, or international projects.