Public Welfare Foundation Announces New Grants

More than $3.6 million in new grants was approved by the Board of Directors of the Public Welfare Foundation today, including more than $1.2 million for the Youth Justice Program, $1 million for the Criminal Justice Program, and more than $1 million for the Workers’ Rights Program.

Here are the organizations being funded.

Youth Justice Program

Children’s Law Center – Covington, KY – ($250,000 – 2 years)

Support for advocacy, education, and research to reduce youth detention and incarceration rates in the juvenile justice system, and to decrease the number of youths tried as adults in Ohio.

Connecticut Youth Justice Alliance – Bridgeport, CT – ($250,000 – 2 years)

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

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

General support for advocacy, communications, organizing, and research to advance juvenile justice reform in the District of Columbia.

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

General support to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in juvenile justice systems across the country.


Criminal Justice Program

Delaware Center for Justice – Wilmington, DE – ($300,000 – 2 years)

Support for advocacy and implementation related to pretrial risk assessment and community supervision programs to reduce unnecessary jail detention in Delaware.

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

Support to reduce incarceration rates in Georgia and Alabama through high-impact litigation, research, advocacy, and coalition building.

Criminal Justice and Youth Justice Programs

Texas Criminal Justice Coalition – Austin, TX – ($600,000 – 2 years)

General support for work to advance and sustain sentencing reform related to criminal justice and support for advocacy, technical assistance, and monitoring of reforms of juvenile justice systems in Texas.

Workers’ Rights Program

Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy – Los Angeles, CA – ($350,000 – 1 year)

Support for the Clean and Safe Ports campaign, a coordinated national campaign to improve employment conditions and end misclassification of truckers operating at the ports.

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 as well as support for a state policy coalition focused on workers’ rights.

Restaurant Opportunities Centers United – New York, NY – ($330,000 – 2 years)

Support for research, policy analysis, and advocacy to improve restaurant working conditions across the country.


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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