Public Welfare Foundation Announces New Grants

New grants totaling $3.5 million were approved today by the Board of Directors of the Public Welfare Foundation, including $1.65 million for the Criminal Justice Program, $1.45 million for the Youth Justice Program, and $400,000 for the Workers’ Rights Program.

The grants are being awarded to these organizations.

Criminal Justice Program

Alliance for Safety and Justice – Washington, DC – ($750,000 – 1 year)

Support for an advocacy campaign that seeks to significantly reduce the U.S. prison population in targeted states, reduce racial disparities within systems, and build national momentum for reform.

Southern Center for Human Rights – Atlanta, GA – ($350,000 – 2 years)

General support.

Youth Justice Program

Connecticut Youth Justice Alliance – Bridgeport, CT – ($400,000 – 2 years)

Support to advocate for a safe, effective, and fair juvenile justice system in Connecticut.

DC Lawyers for Youth – Washington, DC – ($300,000 – 2 years)

General support.

Haywood Burns Institute – San Francisco, CA – ($500,000 – 2 years)

General support.

Criminal Justice and Youth Justice Programs

Texas Criminal Justice Coalition – Austin, TX – ($800,000 – 2 years)

General support for work to advance and sustain sentencing reform related to criminal justice and support for advocacy to reduce youth incarceration and raise the age of juvenile court jurisdiction to 18.

Workers’ Rights Program

Northwest Employment Education and Defense Fund – Portland, OR – ($400,000 – 2 years)

General support for litigation and policy advocacy related to workers’ rights in Oregon and support for a state policy coalition focused on workers’ rights.



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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