Ayni Institute — Movement Strategy and Trainings

Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $480,000 over three years to the Ayni Institute to support research and writing on social movement history, theory, and strategy and to continue to produce online trainings on strategy, coordination, and scaling. The Ayni Institute plans to provide this support to other organizations working on criminal justice reform.

This follows our January 2021 support and falls within our focus area of criminal justice reform.

Forward Justice — Criminal Justice Reform Advocacy and Organizing (2021)

Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $150,000 to Forward Justice to support its statewide criminal justice reform organizing work in North Carolina. Forward Justice, led by Daryl Atkinson, plans to use these funds to promote prosecutor accountability, engage with newly re-enfranchised formerly incarcerated voters on criminal justice reform issues, and train formerly incarcerated people in leadership and organizing skills.

This follows our August 2019 support and falls within our focus area of criminal justice reform.

Project NIA — General Support

Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $175,000 to Project NIA, via the Chicago Freedom School, for general support. Project NIA intends to use this funding to support trainings on transformative justice, organize resources for activists and community members interested in this method, and identify examples of successful transformative justice solutions in various jurisdictions.

This follows our July 2020 support and falls within our focus area of criminal justice reform.

Wren Collective — Criminal Justice Reform Communications Strategies

Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $250,000 to the Wren Collective, via Social and Environmental Engineers, Inc., to support work developing and implementing criminal justice reform communications strategies. The Wren Collective intends to use this funding to train and advise reform-minded prosecutors on strategies to proactively communicate about issues relevant to criminal justice reform.

This falls within our focus area of criminal justice reform.