Public Welfare Foundation Announces New Grants

The Public Welfare Foundation’s Board of Directors has approved $6.2 million in grants, including $2.7 million for the Workers’ Rights Program, $2.2 million for the Criminal Justice Program, $1.1 million for the Youth Justice Program, and $160,000 for the Special Opportunities Program.

Here are the grantees and the projects being funded.

Workers’ Rights Program

Center for Economic and Policy Research – Washington, DC – ($250,000 – 2 years)
Support to conduct economic research on key issues, including workers’ rights, and to use media to translate the research findings to the public.

Center for Public Integrity – Washington, DC – ($300,000 – 2 years)
Support to create a workers’ rights reporting beat by an organization dedicated to producing original investigative journalism that holds policymakers accountable to the public.

Coalition of Immokalee Workers – Immokalee, FL – ($500,000 – 2 years)
Support for continued advocacy for better conditions for farmworkers, with a focus on promoting socially responsible purchasing in the food industry to help advance the human rights of the poorest and most vulnerable workers at the bottom of corporate supply chains.

Progressive States Network – New York, NY – ($400,000 – 2 years)
Support to organize and help progressive state legislators across the country through the organization’s Workers’ Rights Project.

Public Justice Center – Baltimore, MD – ($600,000 – 2 years)
Support for the Center’s Workplace Justice Project.

United Workers Association – Baltimore, MD – ($150,000 – 2 years)
General support for the use of leadership development, coalition building, and community organizing to help low-wage workers secure better wages and working conditions.

Working America Education Fund – Washington, DC – ($300,000 – 2 years)
General support for the use of canvassing, education, research, and community organizing to persuade policymakers to address priorities of working families.

Working Partnerships USA – San Jose, CA – ($200,000 – 2 years)
Support for a project to improve worker health and safety in California.

Criminal Justice Program

Californians for Safety and Justice – Oakland, CA – ($200,000 – 2 years)
Support for a funder collaborative working on criminal justice reform – including reducing incarceration statewide and pretrial detention at the county level – in California.

Center on Media, Crime & Justice – New York, NY – ($200,000 – 2 years)
Support for continued efforts to help improve reporters’ understanding and ability to write about criminal justice issues, including pretrial reform and the potential to increase access to health services for pretrial detainees under the Affordable Care Act.

Council of State Governments Justice Center – New York, NY – ($450,000 – 2 years)
Support for the organization to help implement pretrial reform projects as well as general support for its continued efforts to inform local, state and federal policymakers in order to improve justice systems.

Dewey Square Group – Washington, DC – ($163,000 – 1 year)
Support for a communications campaign to help the pretrial advocacy field embrace pretrial reform nationwide.

Fortune Society – Long Island City, NY – ($200,000 – 2 years)
Support to continue advancing sentencing reform efforts in New York State through coalition building, media advocacy, and participation on the state’s Sentencing Commission.

Justice Initiatives Institute – Milwaukee, WI – ($200,000 – 2 years)
Support for the Institute to work with a coalition of criminal justice stakeholders and advocates seeking broad criminal justice reforms in Wisconsin.

National Conference of State Legislatures – Denver, CO – ($200,000 – 2 years)
Support for continued efforts to advance understanding of and support for pretrial reform strategies among key state lawmakers.

Prison Policy Initiative – Easthampton, MA – ($200,000 – 2 years)
Support for continued advocacy to change the U.S. Census Bureau’s practice of counting prisoners where they are incarcerated rather than in their home communities.

The Sentencing Project – Washington, DC – ($400,000 – 2 years)
Support for continued efforts to promote reforms in sentencing policy, address unjust racial disparities in the criminal justice system, and advocate for alternatives to incarceration.

Youth Justice Program

Barry University – Miami Shores, FL – ($150,000 – 1 year)
Support for the Youth Defense Institute to coordinate strategic litigation challenging Florida’s prosecution of youth in adult courts.

Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth – Washington, DC – ($320,000 – 2 years)
General support for efforts to end juvenile life without parole sentences in the United States.

Community Connections for Youth – Bronx, NY – ($250,000 – 2 years)
Support for training and technical assistance to support community-led efforts to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in juvenile justice systems.

Georgetown University – Washington, DC – ($300,000 – 2 years)
Support to the Center for Youth Justice Reform to convene the Youth Justice Leadership Network and the Public Information Officer Learning Collaborative.

National Indian Child Welfare Association – Portland, OR – ($150,000 – 18 months)
Support for the National Indian Child Welfare Association and the Association on American Indian Affairs to produce and disseminate a report on effective ways to reduce the over-representation of Native American youth in juvenile justice systems.

Special Opportunities Program

Justice at Stake – Washington, DC – ($160,000 – 18 months)
Support for the “Fair Courts in the States” project, which aims to protect the independence of the judiciary.


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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