Color of Change — Criminal Justice Reform (2021)

Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $700,000 to Color of Change to support its criminal justice reform work. Color of Change intends to use this funding to advocate for prosecutorial reform, conduct digital campaigns and rapid response communications, and convene groups engaged in criminal justice reform.

This follows our September 2019 support and represents an “exit grant” that will provide Color of Change with approximately one year of operating support. It falls within our focus area of criminal justice reform.

Color Of Change — Criminal Justice Reform (2018)

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Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

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

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $1,000,000 to Color of Change to support their work on prosecutor reform and narrative change. This grant will support Color of Change to continue increasing the salience of prosecutor and bail reform at a national level and support local groups to win electoral and prosecutorial accountability campaigns in various jurisdictions. See our criminal justice reform strategy for more information on why we support prosecutorial reform and its relation to our primary goal of reducing incarceration.

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

This is a renewal of our December 2017 support and falls within our focus area of criminal justice reform.

Color Of Change — Studying Voter Activity in Prosecutorial Elections

Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

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

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $229,100 to ColorOfChange.org (“Color Of Change”) to support research on voter behavior in prosecutorial elections. This work is intended to help learn whether criminal justice reform messages are effective in increasing turnout in prosecutorial elections, and whether messages about prosecutorial elections increase overall voter turnout in general election years. Color Of Change hopes the research will provide useful insights into how it can effectively advance criminal justice reform in the context of future prosecutorial elections.

See our overall criminal justice reform strategy for more information on why we care about prosecutorial elections.

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

Color Of Change — Criminal Justice Reform (2017)

Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

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

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $1,000,000 to ColorOfChange.org (“Color Of Change”) to support its work on criminal justice reform. The funding represents a renewal of our 2016 grant recommendation to Color Of Change, and is intended to continue supporting its movement coordination and prosecutor accountability activities, as well as work on bail reform. Color Of Change intends to use these funds to promote coordination among key criminal justice reform stakeholders through convenings and communications; undertake and provide support and guidance on criminal justice reform campaigns; amplify public demand for reforms through media engagement; advocate for reform legislation; and develop publicly available tools through its website and open source organizing platform to promote prosecutor accountability in regions beyond its organizational reach.

Our Program Officer for Criminal Justice Reform, Chloe Cockburn, is excited to continue supporting Color Of Change’s work, and believes it is playing an important role shifting the public narrative around prosecutor accountability. See our overall criminal justice reform strategy for more information on why we support prosecutorial reform and its relation to our primary goal of reducing incarceration.

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 funding to the Color Of Change PAC, a political action committee affiliated with Color Of Change.

Color Of Change — Prosecutor Accountability

Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

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

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $678,772 to ColorOfChange.org (“Color Of Change”) to support prosecutorial reform and accountability work. This work was intended to consist largely of movement coordination activities for advocates of reform, such as facilitating conversations, hosting convenings, developing strategy, tracking activities, as well as civic education and engagement campaigns related to prosecutorial accountability. For the accountability campaigns, Color Of Change intended to leverage its large database of members for outreach and implement a new digital voter engagement tool. The voter engagement tool is intended to allow Color Of Change members to easily contact potential voters and educate them on issues related to criminal justice reform in the context of prosecutorial accountability, with an overall goal to drive voter turnout, increase volunteerism, and build excitement around policy reforms.

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 Color Of Change Education Fund, a 501(c)(3) associated with Color Of Change.