Public Welfare Foundation Announces New Grants

The Public Welfare Foundation’s Board of Directors approved nearly $6 million in new grants to 26 organizations, including $3.1 million for the Criminal and Youth Justice Program and more than $1.6 million for Workers’ Rights. The Board also approved $1 million in grants under the Special Opportunities Program.

A complete list of the approved grants follows.

Criminal and Youth Justice Program

Action for Children North Carolina – Raleigh, NC – ($110,000 – 1 year)
Support for a campaign to expand juvenile court jurisdiction in North Carolina to include 16- and 17-year-olds. 

Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families – Little Rock, AR – ($135,000 – 18 months) 
Support to advocate for the expanded use of alternatives to incarceration in Arkansas’ juvenile justice system. 

Campaign for Youth Justice – Washington, DC – ($600,000 – 2 years) 
General support to an organization that challenges state policies allowing youth under age 18 to be prosecuted in the adult criminal justice system. 

Center for Public Representation – Northampton, MA – ($150,000 – 1 year)
Support to advocate for alternatives to incarceration for youth in Alabama’s juvenile justice system, together with the Southern Poverty Law Center and Alabama Disability Advocacy Program. 

Center on the Administration of Criminal Law – New York, NY – ($100,000 – 1 year)
Support to chronicle the progress of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office as it sets up a Conviction Integrity Unit and provides guidance to prosecutors across the country to change prosecutorial practices in order to reduce wrongful convictions. 

Children’s Law Center – Covington, KY – ($150,000 – 1 year) 
Support for litigation, advocacy, public education and research to reduce detention and incarceration rates in Ohio’s juvenile justice system, as well as to conduct research about youth tried in that state’s adult criminal justice system. 

Coalition for Youth Justice – Washington, DC – ($190,000 – 1 year) 
Support to train and provide technical assistance to judges, policymakers and practitioners on keeping youth accused of status offenses out of institutions.  

Council of State Governments Justice Center – New York, NY ($350,000 – 18 months) 
General support to a criminal justice reform organization that works directly with high-level policymakers to enact and implement policies designed to improve criminal justice systems.  

DC Lawyers for Youth – Washington, DC – ($200,000 – 1 year) 
General support to an organization that advocates for juvenile justice reform in the District of Columbia. 

Justice Policy Institute – Washington, DC – ($250,000 – 1 year) 
This grant encompasses three parts: support for the production of two reports examining the cost to courts of the general use of bail and bail bond forfeiture; to provide communications assistance to DC Lawyers for Youth; and for general support. 

Juvenile Law Center – Philadelphia, PA – ($200,000 – 2 years)
Support to advocate for greater protections and rights for youth in Pennsylvania’s juvenile justice system in the wake of a judicial corruption scandal, as well as support for appellate challenges nationwide to the practice of trying youth as adults. 

National Council on Crime and Delinquency – Oakland, CA – ($100,000 – 18 months) 
Support for a study to examine the use of commercial bail in the pretrial detention process regarding racial disparities in incarceration and the role of pretrial release, based on risk assessment, regarding racial disparities. 

National Employment Law Project – New York, NY – ($350,000 – 2 years) 
Support to reduce unnecessary structural barriers that keep formerly incarcerated people from getting jobs because of their criminal records. 

Urban Institute – Washington, DC – ($250,000 – 1 year) 
Support to examine the existence of racial disparities in probation revocation decisions and to evaluate different techniques to address the problem. 

Workers’ Rights Program

Economic Policy Institute – Washington, DC – ($250,000 – 2 years)
Support for two projects, one on Economic Security and one on Workers’ Rights. 

Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy – Los Angeles, CA – ($500,000 – 1 year)
Support for a campaign at four port complexes to improve conditions for truckers operating at the ports, reduce deadly diesel emissions and create meaningful job opportunities for low-income residents of communities adjacent to the ports. Also involved in this campaign and supported by this grant are the Partnership for Working Families, a national organization based in Washington, DC; East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy, based in Oakland, CA; and Puget Sound Sage, based in Seattle, WA.   

Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health – Dorchester, MA – (60,000 – 1 year)
Support for the REAL Campaign – Reform Employment Agency Law – in Massachusetts which aims to improve protections for contingent workers by regulating labor contractors. 

National Public Radio – Washington, DC – ($200,000 – 2 years)
Support for coverage of issues related to workers’ rights. 

Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest – Lincoln, NE – ($85,000 – 1 year)
Support to improve health and safety policies for meatpacking workers in Nebraska. 

Northwest Employment Education and Defense Fund – Portland, OR – ($200,000 – 1 year)
General support for a litigation and policy group that advocates for workers’ rights in Oregon as well as support for a state policy coalition focused on workers’ rights. 

Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United – New York, NY – ($150,000 – 1 year) 
Support for research and advocacy for health and safety policies and paid sick days for restaurant workers. 

Worksafe – Oakland, CA – ($200,000 – 2 years) 
General support for an organization that advocates for worker health and safety and monitors relevant government agencies in California. 

Special Opportunities Program

Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights Education Fund – Washington, DC – ($250,000 – 18 months) 
Support for the Americans for Financial Reform project, which will use research and advocacy to push for policy reforms at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Migration Policy Institute – Washington, DC – ($250,000 – 18 months)
Support to develop and advocate for targeted administrative policies and procedures that advance reforms on behalf of immigrants and their families. 

National Employment Law Project – New York, NY – ($300,000 – 18 months)
Support to launch the Workers’ Rights Communications Consortium, a virtual coalition of organized labor and workers’ advocates that will develop and advance strategic communications related to workers’ rights. 

National Immigration Law Center – Los Angeles, CA – ($200,000 – 1 year)
Support for litigation to combat anti-immigration measures and restrictions on benefits in states and localities across the nation.


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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