Public Welfare Foundation Announces New Grants

The Board of Directors of the Public Welfare Foundation today approved more than $5.2 million in grants, including $2.8 million in the Workers’ Rights Program, nearly $1.4 million in the Youth Justice Program, and more than $1 million in the Criminal Justice Program.

Here are the organizations and projects receiving support.

Workers’ Rights Program

Center for Popular Democracy – Brooklyn, NY – ($300,000 – 1 year)

Support for state advocacy campaigns addressing forced arbitration.

Public Justice Center – Baltimore, MD – ($600,000 – 2 years) and United Workers Association – Baltimore, MD – ($400,000 – 2 years)

Support for state advocacy in Maryland, including Public Justice Center’s Workplace Justice Project, and a workers’ rights coalition co-led by the United Workers Association and Public Justice Center.

Raise the Floor Alliance – Chicago, IL – ($700,000 – 2 years)

Support for policy advocacy at the state and local level for low-wage workers in Illinois.

Working Partnerships USA – San Jose, CA – ($600,000 – 2 years) and Worksafe – Oakland, CA – ($200,000 – 2 years)

Support for building state-level advocacy capacity for low-wage workers’ rights in California, through the Making Work Pay coalition led by Working Partnerships USA and Worksafe.


Youth Justice Program

Legal Aid Justice Center – Charlottesville, VA – ($400,000 – 2 years)

Support for the RISE for Youth campaign, which works to create and expand community alternatives to youth incarceration in Virginia.

Urban Institute – Washington, DC – ($250,000 – 2 years)

Support to provide research and data to Youth First and state campaigns advocating to close youth prisons and for investment in effective community programs.

Youth First State Advocacy Fund – Washington, DC – ($400,000 – 1 year)

Support for state-based campaigns working to redirect resources from youth prisons to community programs.  


Criminal Justice Program

American Friends Service Committee – Tucson, AZ – ($485,000 – 2 years)

Support for a statewide sentencing reform campaign in Arizona.

Citizens Alliance on Prisons and Public Spending – Lansing, MI – ($511,335)

Support to advance sentencing and parole reform to reduce Michigan’s overreliance on incarceration and reduce racial disparities.

Voice of the Experienced – New Orleans, LA – ($385,000 – 1 year)

Support for grassroots leadership, organizing, and advocacy expertise to advance criminal justice reform that will reduce incarceration in Louisiana.



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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