Public Welfare Foundation Announces New Grants

January 9, 2015

The Board of Directors of the Public Welfare Foundation approved more than $2.8 million in new grants, including more than $1 million in the Criminal Justice Program, $725,000 in the Juvenile Justice Program, $500,000 in the Workers’ Rights Program, and $600,000 for the Special Initiative: Civil Legal Aid.
Here are the projects that will receive funding.

Criminal Justice Program

New Venture Fund – Washington, DC – ($750,000 – 1 year)
Support for a new, multi-state advocacy campaign, called Americans for Safety and Justice, which seeks to reduce significantly the U.S. prison population in targeted states and build national momentum for reform.

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 among conservative audiences through the Right on Crime initiative.


Juvenile Justice Program

Colorado Juvenile Defender Coalition – Denver, CO – ($225,000 – 2 years)
General support.
National Juvenile Justice Network – Washington, DC – ($500,000 – 2 years)
General support.


Workers’ Rights Program

Interfaith Worker Justice – Chicago, IL – ($500,000 – 2 years)
General support.


Special Initiative: Civil Legal Aid

New Venture Fund – Washington, DC – ($600,000 – 2 years)
Support for the Self-Represented Litigation Network to develop and promote self-help resources to increase access to justice within the courts.


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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