Public Welfare Foundation Announces New Grants

The Board of Directors of the Public Welfare Foundation approved nearly $6 million in grants to 10 organizations, including more than $1.5 million for the Criminal Justice Program, $1.4 million for the Youth Justice Program, $900,000 for the Workers’ Rights Program, and $2 million for the Special Opportunities Program.

Here are the organizations that are receiving grants.

Criminal Justice Program

Southern Center for Human Rights – Atlanta, GA – ($665,000 – 2 years)

Support to reduce incarceration and racial disparities in Georgia’s criminal justice system through research, advocacy, and coalition building. 


Youth Justice Program

Public Allies – Milwaukee, WI – ($400,000 – 2 years)

Support for Youth Justice Milwaukee, a grassroots campaign working to close youth prisons and develop community-based alternatives to youth incarceration in Wisconsin.

Regional Youth Adult Social Action Partnership – Bridgeport, CT – ($500,000 – 30 months)

Support for the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance to advocate for a safe, effective, and fair juvenile justice system in Connecticut.

Haywood Burns Institute – Oakland, CA – ($500,000 – 2 years)

Support to coordinate: 1- a new research network that will focus on structural racism in the administration of youth justice; and 2- the Community Justice Network for Youth to promote community-led interventions for youth of color. 


Criminal Justice and Youth Justice Programs

Texas Criminal Justice Coalition – Austin, TX – ($870,000 – 2 years)

Support to advance and sustain sentencing reforms and change the tough-on-crime narrative in Texas and support for work to raise the age of juvenile jurisdiction to 18. 


Workers’ Rights Program

Community Labor United – Boston, MA – ($350,000 – 2 years)

Massachusetts Coalition on Occupational Safety and Health – Dorchester, MA – ($150,000 – 2 years)

Support for the two organizations to work together on state and local policy advocacy on behalf of low-wage workers in Massachusetts.

Northwest Employment Education and Defense Fund – Portland, OR – ($400,000 – 2 years)

Support for state and local policy advocacy on behalf of low-wage workers in Oregon.


Special Opportunities Program 

Race, Redemption and Restoration

Common Justice – New York, NY – ($1,000,000 – 2 years)

Support to advance community-based alternatives to incarceration and communications strategies to build narratives around improving community-level responses to violence.

Vera Institute of Justice – New York, NY – ($1,000,000 – 2 years)

Support to advance state-based advocacy strategies to increase access to prison-based college education in target states, and to support national efforts to secure access to Pell grants for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals.



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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