Public Welfare Foundation Announces New Grants

The Board of Directors of the Public Welfare Foundation approved nearly $5 million in new grants to 19 organizations, including nearly $2.8 million for the Workers’ Rights Program, more than $1.3 million for the Criminal Justice Program, $630,000 for the Youth Justice Program, and $250,000 for the Special Opportunities Program.

A complete list of the approved grants follows.

Workers’ Rights Program

Alliance for Fair Food – New York, NY – ($360,000 – 1 year)
Support for a campaign to promote socially responsible purchasing in the corporate food industry, starting with improved wages and working conditions for farm workers in central Florida.

A Better Balance – New York, NY – ($150,000 – 2 years)
General support to an organization that provides legal assistance to paid sick days campaigns.

Center for Economic and Policy Research – Washington, DC – ($250,000 – 2 years)
General support to a prominent policy research center that conducts relevant economic research on policies related to key issues, including workers’ rights, and actively uses media to translate its findings for the public.

Center for Public Integrity – Washington, DC – ($300,000 – 2 years)
Support for a workers’ rights reporting beat to be developed by a nonprofit dedicated to producing original investigative journalism that holds policymakers accountable to the public.

Family Values @ Work: A Multi-State Consortium – Milwaukee, WI – ($250,000 – 1 year)
Support for a special opportunity fund to direct heightened resources to high-stakes campaigns for paid sick days.

National Council for Occupational Safety and Health – Raleigh, NC – ($200,000 – 1 year)
General support to the coordinating body for a network of local and state councils dedicated to improving workplace health and safety.

National Partnership for Women & Families – Washington, DC – ($220,000 – 1 year)
Support to coordinate national, state and local efforts to educate the public and policymakers about the need for paid sick days.

Public Citizen Foundation – Washington, DC – ($150,000 – 1 year)
Support for advocacy in the administration, Congress and the courts to improve federal standards for workers’ health and safety.

Public Justice Center – Baltimore, MD – ($600,000 – 2 years)
Support to anchor a state workers’ rights policy coalition.

Working America Education Fund – Washington, DC – ($300,000 – 2 years)
General support to an organization that uses canvassing, advocacy, education, research and community organizing to demand that politicians address the priorities that matter to working families.

Youth Justice Program

Colorado Juvenile Defender Coalition – Denver, CO – ($225,000 – 1 year)
General support for an organization that will challenge state policies giving prosecutors unfettered discretion to try youth in adult court.

Georgetown University – Washington, DC – ($280,000 – 2 years)
Support for the Center for Youth Justice Reform at Georgetown University Public Policy Institute to convene the Youth Justice Leadership Network and Public Information Officer Learning Collaborative.

Youth Radio – Oakland, CA – ($125,000 – 1 year)
Support to launch a Youth Justice Desk to produce media stories on juvenile justice from the perspective of youth, including incarcerated youth.

Criminal Justice Program

Center on Media, Crime and Justice – New York, NY – ($200,000 – 18 months)
Support to launch a media campaign to elevate the issue of pretrial detention in the national media and assist advocates and policymakers in driving policy reform.

Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition – Denver, CO – ($200,000 – 2 years)
General support to an organization that provides analysis to policymakers and mobilizes public support for criminal justice reform in Colorado.

Families Against Mandatory Minimums Foundation – Washington, DC – ($175,000 – 1 year)
General support of $75,000 and project support of $100,000 to advocate for sentencing reform in Florida. 

Prison Policy Initiative – Easthampton, MA – ($350,000 – 2 years)
Support to advocate for the U.S. Census Bureau to change its practice of counting prisoners where they are incarcerated rather than their home communities. 

The Sentencing Project – Washington, DC – ($400,000 – 2 years)
General support to an organization that promotes reforms in sentencing policy, addresses unjust racial disparities in the criminal justice system and advocates for alternatives to incarceration.

Special Opportunities Program

Justice at Stake Campaign – Washington, DC – ($250,000 – 2 years)
Support for the “Fair Courts in the States” project, to protect against efforts to undermine the independence of the judiciary.


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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