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Our Mission

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.


Special Initiative: Civil Legal Aid

An initiative to help more low-income people get legal help to overcome pressing civil issues such as unlawful evictions, family disputes, and access to health services.

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Latest News

Tackling Racial Bias in the Juvenile Justice System
Researchers are looking at hidden racial bias and how it affects what happens to youth of color in the juvenile justice system.

Pulitzer Prize Awarded to Series on Mine Worker Health
Chris Hamby, a reporter with the Center for Public Integrity, a Public Welfare Foundation grantee, won the prestigious journalism prize for exposing efforts by lawyers and doctors to undercut workers’ health claims.

Despite Progress, Too Many Youth of Color are Still Locked Up
A new series of reports by a Public Welfare Foundation grantee shows where and how efforts to detain fewer youths have – and have not – been successful.

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