Public Welfare Foundation Announces New Grants

At a meeting today, the Public Welfare Foundation’s Board of Directors approved more than $5.8 million in new grants, including more than $2.1 million for the Youth Justice Program, $1 million for the Criminal Justice Program and more than $2.7 million for the Workers’ Rights Program.
Here is a list of the approved grants.

Youth Justice Program

Children’s Action Alliance – Phoenix, AZ – ($150,000 – 2 years)
Support for the organization’s Justice for Youth Program to advocate for reducing the number of youth tried as adults in Arizona.

Children’s Defense Fund – NY – New York, NY – ($200,000 – 2 years)
Support to advocate for more rehabilitative, developmentally appropriate juvenile justice policies in New York.

Citizens for Youth Justice – Boston, MA – ($130,000 – 2 years)
General support for the only independent, statewide organization working exclusively to improve the juvenile justice system in Massachusetts.

Colorado Juvenile Defender Coalition – Denver, CO – ($400,000 – 2 years)
General support for an organization that works to protect the rights of youth in the justice system in Colorado.

Kentucky Youth Advocates – Jeffersontown, KY – ($250,000 – 2 years)
Support to partner with Children’s Law Center to advocate for preventing youth charged with status and low-level delinquent offenses from being confined in institutions in Kentucky.

Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency – Lansing, MI – ($200,000 – 2 years)
Support for work with state and local partners to design and implement fiscal incentives to encourage counties to use community-based alternatives to incarceration for youth in the juvenile justice system.

Southern Poverty Law Center – Montgomery, AL – ($350,000 – 2 years)
Support for advocacy in Florida to reduce the overreliance on youth incarceration and school referrals to juvenile court as well as to challenge the treatment of youth in the adult criminal justice system.

Youth Law Center – San Francisco, CA – ($200,000 – 2 years)
Support for training, technical assistance and advocacy to strengthen the capacity of counties to provide community-based alternatives to incarceration as well as to challenge the treatment of youth as adults in California.

Youth Radio – Oakland, CA – ($250,000 – 2 years)
Support for the organization’s Youth Justice Desk, which produces media stories on juvenile justice from the youth perspective.

Criminal Justice Program Education Fund – Oakland, CA – ($200,000 – 2 years)
Support to use cutting-edge technological innovations in online organizing to engage more people in criminal justice reform advocacy, including pretrial reform.

Families Against Mandatory Minimums Foundation – Washington, DC – ($300,000 – 2 years)
General support for an organization that seeks to eliminate mandatory sentencing laws and promote individualized, proportionate and fair sentencing policies.

Partnership for Safety and Justice – Portland, OR – ($300,000 – 2 years)
General support for an organization committed to progressive criminal justice reform.

Stanford School of Law – Stanford, CA – ($200,000 – 2 years)
Support for the Stanford School of Law Criminal Justice Center to develop policy recommendations about the role of pretrial detention and law enforcement in the realignment process in California by bringing together influential stakeholders at a series of seminars about front-end reform.

Workers’ Rights Program

Alliance for Fair Food – New York, NY – ($360,000 – 1 year)
Support for a continuing campaign to promote socially responsible purchasing in the corporate food industry, starting with better working conditions and wages for farm workers in central Florida.

Beyond OSHA – Boston, MA – ($400,000 – 2 years)
Support to provide technical assistance and public education on occupational safety and health policy.

Center for Progressive Reform – Washington, DC – ($500,000 – 2 years)
Support for the organization’s “Building a Better OSHA” initiative.

National COSH – Raleigh, NC – ($400,000 – 2 years)
General support to the coordinating body for a network of 21 local and state councils that promote improvements in workplace safety and health.

New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty – Albuquerque, NM – ($150,000 – 2 years)
Support for the organization’s program to improve legal protections for New Mexico’s poorest workers.

Public Citizen Foundation – Washington, DC – ($400,000 – 2 years)
Support for comprehensive advocacy at the federal level in the executive, legislative and judicial branches to improve federal standards for workers’ health and safety.

United Support & Memorial for Workplace Fatalities – Lexington, KY – ($230,000 – 2 years)
General support for an organization committed to improving worker safety and health by helping family members of workers killed or seriously injured on the job with peer support and advocacy.

Working Hands Legal Clinic – Chicago, IL – ($300,000 – 2 years)
General support to an organization that assists four worker centers in and around Chicago on legal and policy issues.


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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