Public Welfare Foundation Announces New Grants

At a meeting today, the Public Welfare Foundation’s Board of Directors approved more than $3.5 million in new grants, including more than $1.7 million for the Youth Justice Program, more than $1.2 million for the Criminal Justice Program, and $600,000 for the Workers’ Rights Program.

Here are the approved organizations and projects.

Criminal Justice Program

Colorado Criminal Defense Institute – Denver, CO – ($300,000 – 2 years)

Support for advocacy to reduce over-incarceration in Colorado through pretrial detention reform.

Drug Policy Alliance – New York, NY – ($250,000 – 2 years)

Support for sentencing and pretrial detention reforms that would reduce incarceration rates in New Jersey.

National Employment Law Project – Washington, DC – ($400,000 – 2 years)

Support to continue a coordinated national campaign – with Community Legal Services – to reduce unnecessary structural barriers to employment for people with criminal records.

Prison Fellowship Ministries – Lansdowne, VA – ($300,000 – 2 years)

Support to mobilize the grassroots prison ministry volunteers to advocate for sentencing reform in states.

Youth Justice Program

Campaign for Youth Justice – Washington, DC – ($800,000 – 2 years)

General support.

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities – Washington, DC – ($400,000 – 2 years)

Support to provide technical assistance on fiscal and budget issues to state advocates working to advance youth de-incarceration campaigns.

Juvenile Law Center – Philadelphia, PA – ($265,000 – 2 years)

Support for litigation challenges to laws allowing youth to be tried and sentenced as adults and for advocacy to reduce lengths of stay for incarcerated youth.

Kansas Appleseed – Lawrence, KS – ($250,000 – 2 years)

Support for a campaign to reform the state’s juvenile justice system.

Workers’ Rights Program

Jobs with Justice Education Fund – Washington, DC – ($250,000 – 2 years)

Support for its Future of Work program, which addresses the new, complex, and more attenuated relationships between employers and workers.

Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy –Los Angeles, CA – ($350,000 – 2 years)

Support for the Clean and Safe Ports campaign to improve employment conditions and enforce policies that prevent the misclassification of truckers operating at the ports.



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