Public Welfare Foundation Announces New Grants

The Board of Directors of the Public Welfare Foundation approved over $6 million in grants to fourteen organizations, including $3.7 million for the Workers’ Rights Program, $1.2 million for the Youth Justice Program, over $1.2 million for the Criminal Justice Program, and $300,000 for Special Opportunities.

Here are the organizations that are receiving grants.


Workers’ Rights Program

Center for Progressive Reform – Washington, DC – ($400,000– 2 years)
Support for occupational safety and health research, policy design, and technical assistance for state and local advocacy.

National Council on Occupational Safety & Health – San Diego, CA– ($300,000– 2 years)
Support to advance policies that protect workers’ rights by uniting workers to achieve safe, healthy, and just conditions through leadership development, technical assistance and network expansion.

Public Health Advocacy Institute – Boston, MA – ($300,000– 2 years)
Support for technical assistance, public education, and research.

Centro de los Derechos del Migrante – Baltimore, MD – ($400,000– 2 years)
Support to advocate for migrant worker protections through legal representation, transnational litigation support, worker training, and organizing.

Justice in Motion – Brooklyn, NY – ($250,000– 2 years)
Support to advocate for policy reforms protecting migrant rights across borders including training lawyers in the U.S. and Latin America on issues in transnational cases for migrant workers.

Make the Road New York – New York, NY – ($900,000– 2 years)
Support for New York State Low-Wage Worker Organizing Table to advance workers’ rights through organizing, legal services, worker training, and local and state advocacy.

Rights and Democracy Education Fund – Burlington, VT – ($450,000– 2 years)
Support for state advocacy and organizing group in Vermont to protect workers.

Center for Popular Democracy – Brooklyn, NY – ($700,000– 2 years)
Support for coordination of state coalitions and forced arbitration campaigns.


Youth Justice Program

New Venture Fund – Washington, DC – ($400,000– 1 year)
Support for Youth First State Advocacy Fund.

Campaign for Youth Justice – Washington, DC – ($400,000– 1 year)
Support for advocacy, media, research and policy initiatives to end the prosecution, sentencing, and incarceration of youth under the age of 18 in the adult criminal justice system.

National Juvenile Justice Network – Washington, DC – ($400,000– 2 years)
Support for a Network of Youth Justice Advocates, a membership group of state-based juvenile justice advocacy organizations.


Criminal Justice Program

Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition – Denver, CO – ($500,000– 2 years)
Support to advance sentencing reform and community-investment in public health and safety to reduce the impacts of the criminal justice system in Colorado.

Voice of the Experienced – New Orleans, LA – ($770,000– 2 years)
Support to provide grassroots leadership, organizing, and advocacy expertise for advancing criminal justice reform to reduce incarceration in Louisiana.


Special Opportunities

New Venture Fund – Washington, DC – ($300,000– 2 years)
Support for Voices for Civil Justice to generate media coverage of civil legal aid, and increase the visibility and communications capacity of the sector.



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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