Because The Best Ideas Come from Communities

We’re committed to engaging more deeply in and with the communities we fund.

Let’s Treat Kids Like Kids

Investing in groups working to end the practice of trying, sentencing, and incarcerating youth in the adult criminal justice system.

It’s Time to Invest in Communities

Moving from investing billions of dollars in failed prison models to investing in proven, effective community-based solutions.

Catalyzing a New Approach to Justice

Over the next two years, Public Welfare Foundation will transition to focus on catalyzing a transformative approach to justice that is community-led, restorative, and racially just.

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Advancing a New Vision of Justice


For over seventy years, Public Welfare Foundation has supported efforts to advance justice and opportunity for people in need. Today, our efforts focus on catalyzing a transformative approach to justice that is community-led, restorative, and racially just through investments in criminal justice and youth justice reforms.

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Investing in Criminal Justice & Youth Justice Reform


We look for strategic points where our funds can make a significant difference and improve lives for those impacted by the justice system. We operationalize our investments in target locations, working with communities to drive transformation from multiple angles including policy advocacy, organizing, leadership development, and demonstration projects. We prioritize investing in the leadership of those most proximate to the issues facing this nation, not because it is novel, but because it is necessary.

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Use Our Space


Public Welfare Foundation owns and operates out of Washington DC’s True Reformer Building, the first building in the nation to be designed, financed, built, and owned by the African-American community after Reconstruction. We share use of this space with others working in our community to advance social good.

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