The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $50,000 to the Prison Policy Initiative for general support.
The Prison Policy Initiative (PPI) provides data and research support to criminal justice reform advocates throughout the U.S. We are providing support to ensure that it can continue this work, which we believe is valuable to the organizations it partners with.
This is a “no-process” grant. For no-process grants, the grant investigator (in this case Chloe Cockburn, our Program Officer for Criminal Justice Reform) can recommend the grant without needing to go through our normal process of providing their reasoning, discussing with the team, and providing input on and review of our public page. These grants are limited to a relatively small proportion of our grantmaking, and some other stipulations apply to what types of grant are eligible. The overall aim is for us to be able to move forward on relatively small and low-risk grants, based purely on the judgment of a single staff member and with minimal delay. In keeping with the lack of process, we don’t plan to publish in-depth pages about the reasoning behind these grants.