Public Welfare Foundation Announces New Grants

The Board of Directors of the Public Welfare Foundation today approved $3.25 million in grants, including $1 million for the Workers’ Rights Program, more than $1 million for the Youth Justice Program, $500,000 for the Criminal Justice Program, and $700,000 for the Special Opportunities Program.

Here are the organizations that are being funded.

Workers’ Rights Program

Center for Progressive Reform – Baltimore, MD – ($400,000 – 2 years)

Support for occupational safety and health research, policy design, and technical assistance for state and local advocacy.

Centro de los Derechos del Migrante – Baltimore, MD – ($300,000 – 2 years)

General support.

Public Health Advocacy Institute – Boston, MA – ($300,000 – 2 years)

Support for the Beyond OSHA Project, which focuses on occupational safety and health research, policy design, and technical assistance for advocates.


Youth Justice Program

Kentucky Youth Advocates – Jeffersontown, KY – ($250,000 – 2 years)

Support to advocate for the deinstitutionalization of youth charged with status offenses in Kentucky and for the effective implementation of reforms to reduce incarceration.

Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency – Lansing, MI – ($350,000 – 2 years)

Support for advocacy to reduce youth incarceration and raise the age of juvenile court jurisdiction in Michigan.

New Jersey Institute for Social Justice –Newark, NJ – ($400,000 – 2 years)

Support for a campaign to reduce youth incarceration in New Jersey.


Criminal Justice Program

Families Against Mandatory Minimums Foundation – Washington, DC – ($300,000 – 2 years)

General support.

Criminal Justice and Youth Justice Programs

Partnership for Safety and Justice – Portland, OR – ($250,000 – 2 years)

Support for statewide advocacy to reform Oregon’s mandatory minimum sentencing laws and reduce the state’s population of incarcerated adults and support to challenge the automatic prosecution of youth as adults.


Special Opportunities Program

Self-Represented Litigation Network – Washington, DC – ($700,000 – 2 years)

Support to provide leadership in advancing self-help resources to increase access to justice for people who are unrepresented in civil cases.



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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