Public Welfare Foundation Announces New Grants

The Board of Directors of the Public Welfare Foundation today approved more than $5.3 million in grants, including more than $1.7 million for the Youth Justice Program, nearly $1.3 million for the Criminal Justice Program, more than $1 million for the Workers’ Rights Program, and $700,000 for the Special Opportunities Program.

Following is a list of the approved grants.

Youth Justice Program

Campaign for Youth Justice – Washington, DC – ($800,000 – 2 years)
General support for a national organization dedicated to ending the practice of trying, incarcerating and sentencing youth in the adult justice system.

Children and Family Justice Center – Chicago, IL – ($180,000 – 2 years)
Support for the Center to help the Illinois Youth Justice Commission promote more effective and fair juvenile justice policies.

Coalition for Youth Justice – Washington, DC – ($240,000 – 1 year)
Support for resources, training and technical assistance to judges, policymakers and practitioners on the deinstitutionalization of status offenders. The grant also includes general support for the Coalition, the national association of governor-appointed State Advisory Groups that advise policymakers on juvenile justice issues.

Youth Justice Initiative of Illinois – Evanston, IL – ($200,000 – 2 years)
General support for a statewide organization that advocates to reduce reliance on confinement, enhance fairness for all youth, and develop a comprehensive continuum of community-based resources across the state.

Juvenile Law Center – Philadelphia, PA – ($330,000 – 2 years)
Support to implement juvenile justice system reforms in Pennsylvania, challenge laws allowing youths to be tried as adults, and develop strategies to reduce lengths of stay for incarcerated youths.

Criminal Justice Program

Crime and Justice Institute – Boston, MA – ($500,000 – 2 years)
Support for expansion of the organization’s ability to provide expert technical assistance and training for pretrial detention reform, and to help two counties in California implement pretrial reform.

Drug Policy Alliance – New York, NY – ($250,000 – 2 years)
Support to advance sentencing and pretrial detention reforms that would reduce incarceration rates in New Jersey.

JFA Institute – Washington, DC – ($175,000 – 2 years)
Support for ongoing technical assistance, research, and reporting in order to implement a new pretrial services program in Los Angeles County through the Sheriff’s Department.

Legal Action Center – New York, NY – ($400,000 – 2 years)
Support to explore opportunities to reduce jail populations by diverting to the public health system certain people who would be detained pretrial, taking advantage of expanded Medicaid coverage resulting from federal health care reform.

National Association of Counties Research Foundation – Washington, DC – ($220,000 – 2 years)
Support to educate the organization’s members, County government officials, about opportunities to manage local jail populations using pretrial detention reform, risk assessment and other front-end diversion practices.

National Employment Law Project – New York, NY – ($350,000 – 2 years)
Support to continue a coordinated national campaign, in collaboration with Community Legal Services, to reduce unnecessary structural barriers to employment for people with criminal records.

Workers’ Rights Program

Economic Policy Institute – Washington, DC – ($150,000 – 2 years)
Support for the organization to continue providing crucial analysis and advocacy tools to promote economic security and protections for low-income workers and their families.

Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy – Los Angeles, CA – ($500,000 – 1 year)
Support for the Clean and Safe Ports campaign, a coordinated national campaign including five organizations at four of the nation’s largest port complexes. The campaign simultaneously aims to improve employment conditions for truckers operating at the ports and reduce harmful environmental effects of the industry.

National Public Radio (NPR) – Washington, DC – ($200,000 – 2 years)
Support for on-air coverage of issues related to low-wage workers’ rights.

Worksafe – Oakland, CA – ($200,000 – 2 years)
General support for an organization that advocates for worker health and safety and monitors relevant government agencies in California.

Special Opportunities Program

New Venture Fund – Washington, DC – ($700,000 – 3 years)
Support to create a collective communications initiative that will cast a spotlight on the vital role of civil legal aid; increase media visibility, support and resources for the sector; and improve the communication skills and media visibility of key actors in 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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