Working in Communities

Solutions to our nation’s failed approach to justice lie in the very communities most harmed by the systems. We must bet big on emerging leaders doing this work.

Catalyzing a New Approach to Justice

Justice that’s restorative, community-led and racially just.

Fighting for Justice That's Just

Our justice system is fundamentally unjust and inhumane. It’s time to build something brand new in its place.

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  • San Francisco, CA // 2021

    Tides Foundation

    Support to Zealous for a coordinated platform for public defender-led media and policy advocacy campaigns.
    Awarded
    $120,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Justice Reform
  • New Orleans, LA // 2021

    Rich Family Ministries

    Support for participatory defense hub in New Orleans.
    Awarded
    $225,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Justice Reform
  • Tulsa, OK // 2021

    Tulsa Community Foundation

    Support for Oklahoma Justice Fund, a pooled fund that works to reduce incarceration and boost economic mobility of system-impacted people across Oklahoma.
    Awarded
    $300,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Justice Reform
  • Tulsa, OK // 2021

    Tulsa Community Foundation

    Support for Terence Crutcher Foundation, which employs advocacy, organizing, outreach, and rapid response services to support criminal and youth justice reform in Oklahoma.
    Awarded
    $130,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Justice Reform
  • Calabasas, CA // 2021

    Social & Environmental Entrepreneurs

    Support to Performing Statistics for youth-led advocacy to end youth incarceration through arts-based programming and exhibits.  
    Awarded
    $203,750
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Justice Reform
  • Jackson, MS // 2021

    Empower Mississippi Foundation

    Support for criminal justice reform advocacy in Mississippi.
    Awarded
    $50,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Justice Reform
  • New York, NY // 2021

    Vera Institute of Justice

    Support to help state corrections departments and colleges nationwide plan for an increase in postsecondary education enrollment in prison.
    Awarded
    $200,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Justice Reform
  • Washington, DC // 2021

    Thrive DC

    General support.
    Awarded
    $25,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    President's Discretionary
  • Public Welfare Foundation Announces Two New Team Members

    July 13, 2021

    Esther Franco-Payne joins as VP of Programs, Thena Robinson Mock as Program Director.

  • Justice That’s Just: Looking Back to Move Forward

    June 25, 2021

    Justice That’s Just: Looking Back to Move Forward is our first session panel featuring Kellie Carter Jackson who provides…

  • Justice That’s Just: Partner Panel

    June 25, 2021

    Justice That’s Just: Partner Panel is our second session panel featuring Ubuntu’s Ernest Johnson, Milwaukee DYFS’ Mark Mertens, Latino…

  • Justice That’s Just: A Conversation on Self & Team Care

    June 25, 2021

    Justice That’s Just: A Conversation on Self & Team Care is our third session panel featuring Detroit Justice Center’s…

  • Report on Challenges and Innovations in D.C.’s Criminal Justice System Now Available

    May 25, 2021

    Public Welfare Foundation is implementing a grantmaking strategy to focus on getting resources closer to the ground where promising…

  • Santa Barbara, CA // 2021

    Latino Coalition for Community Leadership

    Support to Latino Coalition for the Transforming Justice Initiative, and to develop the organization’s capacity to highlight the replicability of Colorado’s community reinvestment model.
    Awarded
    $500,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Justice Reform
  • Detroit, MI // 2021

    Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

    Support for the Michigan Justice Fund, an initiative to coordinate justice reform efforts in Michigan.
    Awarded
    $1,000,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Justice Reform
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