Public Welfare Foundation Announces Latest Grants

The Board of Directors of the Public Welfare Foundation approved $3.9 million in new grants, including more than $1.6 million for the Workers’ Rights Program, more than $1.3 million for the Youth Justice Program and $900,000 for the Criminal Justice Program.

Here is a list of the approved grants.

Workers’ Rights Program

Centro de los Derechos del Migrante – Baltimore, MD – ($300,000 – 2 years)
General support for an organization that advocates for human rights and better U.S. policies for migrant workers.

Farmworker Justice – Washington, DC – ($300,000 – 2 years)
General support for a national litigation and advocacy center dedicated to improving conditions for farmworkers.

Global Workers Justice Alliance – Brooklyn, NY – ($150,000 – 2 years)
General support for a group that organizes a global network of advocates to help migrant workers gain access to justice as well as improve transparency and accountability in U.S. guestwork visa programs.

In These Times – Chicago, IL – ($160,000 – 2 years)
Support for original news coverage and commentary on workers’ rights issues in In These Times magazine and in the online blog Working In These

Interfaith Worker Justice – Chicago, IL – ($500,000 – 2 years)
General support for a national organization that connects religious communities with workers’ rights campaigns, and program support for advocacy on behalf of workplace safety and health.

National Employment Law Project – New York, NY – ($250,000 – 1 year
General support for the organization to continue providing strategic leadership and technical assistance to advocates on a broad range of legal and policy issues affecting low-wage workers.

Youth Justice Program

Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families – Little Rock, AR – ($320,000 – 2 years)
Support for advocacy to expand the use of alternatives to youth incarceration in Arkansas.

Center for Children’s Advocacy – Hartford, CT – ($150,000 – 2 years)
Support for local and statewide efforts to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in Connecticut’s juvenile justice system.

Center for Public Integrity – Washington, DC – ($150,000 – 2 years)
Support for the organization’s Youth Justice Reporting Beat to conduct independent investigative reporting on juvenile justice issues.

Community Law in Action, Inc. – Baltimore, MD – ($170,000 – 2 years)
Support for a campaign to end the automatic prosecution of youth in adult courts for certain crimes in Maryland.

National Youth Justice Network – Washington, DC – ($550,000 – 2 years)
Support for a Fiscal Policy Center to provide juvenile justice advocates with technical assistance to analyze budgets as well as for the Youth Justice Leadership Institute, which builds leadership skills among juvenile justice advocates of color.

Criminal Justice Program

Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama – Montgomery, AL – ($300,000 – 3 years)
Support to challenge the underrepresentation of African-Americans on criminal juries in the South and to advocate for the reform of parole policies that contribute to Alabama’s high incarceration rate.

National Center for State Courts – Williamsburg, VA – ($300,000 – 2 years)
Support to foster state court education and leadership on pretrial detention reform efforts.

Texas Public Policy Foundation – Austin, TX – ($300,000 – 2 years)
Support to continue criminal justice reform efforts in Texas and to generate national support for criminal justice reform through the Right on Crime initiative.


The Public Welfare Foundation supports efforts to advance justice and opportunity for people in need. These efforts honor the Foundation’s core values of racial equity, economic well-being, and fundamental fairness for all. The Foundation looks for strategic points where its funds can make a significant difference and improve lives through policy and system reform that results in transformative change. For more information, visit Follow the Foundation on Twitter or on Facebook.

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