People’s Action — Prosecutor Accountability

People's Action / VOCAL-NY Board Member, Bobby Tolbert, poses questions to candidates for the Brooklyn District Attorney election. (Photo courtesy of People's Action)
Organization Name 
Award Date 
3/2017
Grant Amount 
$1,927,640
Purpose 
To support prosecutor accountability.
Topic (focus area) 

Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

This page was reviewed but not written by the grant investigator. People’s Action staff also reviewed this page prior to publication.

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $1,927,640 over two years to People’s Action to support its prosecutor accountability campaign.1 People’s Action is a national organization driven by local and state organizing, with member organizations across several states. Using this funding, they plan to expand their community organizing and advocacy activities related to prosecutor accountability and reform to several new cities and regions such as Brooklyn, Baltimore, Detroit, Philadelphia, and Milwaukee. The broad goal was intended to be to mobilize stakeholders to advocate for policy reforms that reduce incarceration levels, particularly through movement building and voter engagement and outreach. We expect these funds to cover expenses related to personnel, leadership gatherings, communications, materials and supplies, travel and lodging, and re-grants to member organizations.

This grant falls within our focus area of criminal justice reform. See our overall criminal justice reform strategy for more information on why we support prosecutorial reform.

This grant was made by a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization, to which we occasionally make funding recommendations.

The Open Philanthropy Project has separately recommended a grant to the People’s Action Institute, a 501(c)(3) affiliated with People’s Action.

  • 1. We originally recommended a two-year, $1,674,000 grant to People’s Action in March 2017. In February 2018, we restructured the recommendation to include a larger second-year payment, bringing the total grant amount to $1,927,640 over two years.