Cornell University — National Zoning Atlas

Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $312,400 over two years to Cornell University to support work on the National Zoning Atlas project, which illustrates and communicates problems with zoning laws in various US states.

This falls within our focus area of land use reform.

YIMBY Law — General Support (2022)

Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $500,000 over two years to YIMBY Law for general support. YIMBY Law advocates for more affordable housing in California and pursues litigation to ensure that localities comply with state and federal housing law.

This follows our October 2020 support and falls within our focus area of land use reform.

YIMBY Action – Housing Advocacy in Los Angeles

Image courtesy of YIMBY Action.

Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $300,000 over two years to YIMBY Action to support their work on housing policy advocacy in Los Angeles, in collaboration with Abundant Housing Los Angeles.

This falls within our focus area of land use reform.

Affordable Maryland — Advocacy for Affordable Housing and Land Use Reform

Open Philanthropy recommended a contribution of $500,000 to Affordable Maryland, a new organization working to support the creation of new and more affordable housing in Maryland. Affordable Maryland plans to use this funding to advocate for candidates who support the development of affordable housing and the reduction of restrictive regulations on local land use, and against candidates who support restrictions on new housing.

We hope that this advocacy will lead to increased housing supply in the region and make it easier for more people to afford homes.

This falls within our focus area of land use reform. For more about our strategy in this area, see our cause report.

Abundant Housing LA — General Support

Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $150,000 to Abundant Housing LA (AHLA) for general support. This funding is intended to support AHLA’s work developing realistic housing capacity estimates as part of the Regional Housing Needs Allocation process for several cities in Los Angeles County.

This falls within our focus area of land use reform.

Desegregate CT — General Support

Photo courtesy of Desegregate CT.

Grant investigator: Otis Reid

This page was reviewed but not written by the grant investigator. Desegregate CT staff also reviewed this page prior to publication.


Open Philanthropy recommended two grants totaling $425,000 over two years to Desegregate CT, via the Regional Plan Association, for general support. Desegregate CT intends to use this funding to advocate for zoning reform in Connecticut (as part of the greater New York City metro area) and to collaborate on a data project with the Urban Institute.

As part of our focus on land use reform to promote housing affordability, we’ve supported a number of advocacy organizations in high-wage, high-cost regions (e.g. Seattle and Washington, D.C.) to push for more housing.

California YIMBY — General Support (2021)

Grant investigator: Otis Reid

This page was reviewed but not written by the grant investigator. California YIMBY also reviewed this page prior to publication.

Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $2,600,000 over two years to California YIMBY (short for “yes-in-my-back-yard”) for general support. California YIMBY is a statewide organization that advocates for more housing across California. We continue to see advocacy aimed at changing California state policies to allow more housing as a promising philanthropic opportunity. As part of our focus on land use reform to promote housing affordability, we’ve supported a number of advocacy organizations in high-wage, high-cost regions (e.g. Seattle and Washington, D.C.) to push for more housing. See our previous grant for more context.

This follows our April 2019 support and falls within our focus area of land use reform.

Open New York — General Support

Grant investigator: Otis Reid

This page was reviewed but not written by the grant investigator. Open New York staff also reviewed this page prior to publication.

Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $1,000,000 over two years to Open New York for general support. This funding is intended to support Open New York’s work advocating for New York housing to be affordable and accessible to everyone. As part of our focus on land use reform to promote housing affordability, we’ve supported a number of advocacy organizations in high-wage, high-cost regions (e.g. Seattle and Washington, D.C.) to push for more housing.