Public Welfare Foundation Announces New Grants

The Board of Directors of the Public Welfare Foundation today approved nearly $2.4 million in grants, including more than $1.7 million in the Youth Justice Program, $320,000 in the Criminal Justice Program, and $300,000 in the Workers’ Rights Program.

Here are the organizations and projects receiving support.

Criminal Justice Program

Prison Fellowship – Lansdowne, VA – ($320,000 – 2 years)

Support to mobilize grassroots prison ministry volunteers to advance sentencing reform in target states.


Youth Justice Program

Community Connections for Youth – Bronx, NY – ($325,000 – 2 years)

Support to provide technical assistance and training to build community capacity for alternatives to youth incarceration and to reduce racial disparities in juvenile justice systems. 

Human Rights Watch – New York, NY – ($250,000 – 2 years)

Support for research and advocacy to reduce the number of youth tried as adults and reduce youth incarceration in California.

Innovation Network, Inc. – Washington, DC – ($285,000 – 3 years)

Support for an independent evaluation of the Youth First Initiative.

Youth First – Washington, DC – ($900,000 – 2 years)

Support for a national initiative to end youth incarceration and redirect resources toward community programs. 


Workers’ Rights Program

Center for Public Integrity – Washington, DC – ($300,000 – 2 years)

Support for a workers’ rights reporting beat.



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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