Public Welfare Foundation Announces New Grants

The Board of Trustees of the Public Welfare Foundation today approved $3.7 million in grants, including nearly $2.7 million in the Workers’ Rights Program and more than $1 million in the Criminal Justice Program.

Here are the organizations and projects that will be funded.

Criminal Justice Program

Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition – Denver, CO – ($400,000 — 2 years)

General support.

Texas Public Policy Foundation – Austin, TX – ($300,000 – 2 years)

Support to advance state sentencing reform in coordination with state-based campaigns through the Right on Crime initiative. 

Urban Institute – Washington, DC – ($350,000 – 2 years)

Support to promote community-oriented investment initiatives targeted to assist people who have been involved in the criminal justice system.


Workers’ Rights Program

Center for Popular Democracy – Brooklyn, NY – ($350,000 – 2 years)

Support to provide technical assistance and serve as a campaign hub for state workers’ rights coalitions.

Interfaith Worker Justice – Chicago, IL – ($400,000 – 2 years)

General support.

Make the Road NY – New York, NY – ($600,000 – 2 years)

Support to launch a statewide, multi-issue low-wage workers’ coalition.   

National Council for Occupational Safety and Health – Longmeadow, MA – ($300,000 – 2 years)

General support.

National Employment Law Project – Washington, DC – ($700,000 – 2 years)

General support.

Rights and Democracy Education Fund – Burlington, VT – ($300,000 – 2 years)

General support.



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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