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

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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.

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.

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.