Color Of Change PAC — Criminal Justice Reform

Organization Name 
ColorOfChange PAC
Award Date 
11/2017
Grant Amount 
$200,000
Purpose 
To support ColorOfChange PAC's work on criminal justice reform.
Topic (focus area) 

Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

This page was reviewed but not written by the grant investigator. Color Of Change PAC staff also reviewed this page prior to publication.

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended that Cari Tuna personally contribute $200,000 to the ColorOfChange political action committee (Color Of Change PAC) to support electoral engagement work related to prosecutor accountability and reform. Color of Change PAC intends to use this funding to organize national and local partners to participate in voter engagement activities several months prior to important district attorney elections, with a goal to promote prosecutors or prosecutor candidates who are supportive of criminal justice reform.

This grant falls within our focus area of criminal justice reform, where our overall goal is to reduce incarceration. Prosecutors have tremendous amounts of discretion deciding whether to charge someone for a particular offense, what to charge, and what to recommend for sentencing. We see changing prosecutors’ behavior as an effective route toward increasing the chances for substantial reforms. See our overall criminal justice reform strategy for more information on why we support prosecutorial reform.

The Open Philanthropy Project has separately recommended a grant to Color Of Change, a 501(c)(4) organization affiliated with the Color Of Change PAC.