Public Welfare Foundation Announces New Grants

The Board of Directors approved more than $5.2 million in grants to 12 organizations across the country.

Public Welfare Foundation Announces New Grants

The Board of Directors of the Public Welfare Foundation today approved more than $5.2 million in grants, including $2.8 million in the Workers’ Rights Program, nearly $1.4 million in the Youth Justice Program, and more than $1 million in the Criminal Justice Program.

Here are the organizations and projects receiving support.

Workers’ Rights Program

Center for Popular Democracy – Brooklyn, NY – ($300,000 – 1 year)

Support for state advocacy campaigns addressing forced arbitration.

Public Justice Center – Baltimore, MD – ($600,000 – 2 years) and United Workers Association – Baltimore, MD – ($400,000 – 2 years)

Support for state advocacy in Maryland, including Public Justice Center’s Workplace Justice Project, and a workers’ rights coalition co-led by the United Workers Association and Public Justice Center.

Raise the Floor Alliance – Chicago, IL – ($700,000 – 2 years)

Support for policy advocacy at the state and local level for low-wage workers in Illinois.

Working Partnerships USA – San Jose, CA – ($600,000 – 2 years) and Worksafe – Oakland, CA – ($200,000 – 2 years)

Support for building state-level advocacy capacity for low-wage workers’ rights in California, through the Making Work Pay coalition led by Working Partnerships USA and Worksafe.


Youth Justice Program

Legal Aid Justice Center – Charlottesville, VA – ($400,000 – 2 years)

Support for the RISE for Youth campaign, which works to create and expand community alternatives to youth incarceration in Virginia.

Urban Institute – Washington, DC – ($250,000 – 2 years)

Support to provide research and data to Youth First and state campaigns advocating to close youth prisons and for investment in effective community programs.

Youth First State Advocacy Fund – Washington, DC – ($400,000 – 1 year)

Support for state-based campaigns working to redirect resources from youth prisons to community programs.  


Criminal Justice Program

American Friends Service Committee – Tucson, AZ – ($485,000 – 2 years)

Support for a statewide sentencing reform campaign in Arizona.

Citizens Alliance on Prisons and Public Spending – Lansing, MI – ($511,335)

Support to advance sentencing and parole reform to reduce Michigan’s overreliance on incarceration and reduce racial disparities.

Voice of the Experienced – New Orleans, LA – ($385,000 – 1 year)

Support for grassroots leadership, organizing, and advocacy expertise to advance criminal justice reform that will reduce incarceration in Louisiana.