Court Watch NOLA — General Support (2020)


Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

This page was reviewed but not written by the grant investigator. Court Watch NOLA staff also reviewed this page prior to publication.


Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $15,000 to Court Watch NOLA (CWN) for general support. CWN observes and collects data on practices used in New Orleans courtrooms, and is advocating for changes to arrest and detention practices during the COVID-19 pandemic. It intends to use this funding to maintain its operations during the pandemic and to provide stipends to staff and interns.

This follows our December 2019 support and falls within our focus area of criminal justice reform.

Court Watch NOLA — Coalition Coordination (2020)

(Image courtesy of Court Watch NOLA.)

Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

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


Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $35,000 to Court Watch NOLA (CWN) to support coordination of a coalition of community groups working on criminal justice reform in New Orleans. CWN plans to use these funds to continue to support administration, coordination, and logistics work to collaborate with other local organizations to develop and publicize shared positions on key reforms.

This follows our August 2019 support and falls within our focus area of criminal justice reform.

Court Watch NOLA — General Support (2019)


Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

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Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $500,000 over two years to Court Watch NOLA (CWN) for general support. CWN utilizes over 100 volunteers annually to observe and collect data on practices used in New Orleans courtrooms. Its observations and data are then compiled into regular reports, which can be used by the general public and advocacy groups for work related to criminal justice reform. We think that CWN’s focus on public accountability for system actors’ behavior in court is a critical component of reform in New Orleans and a model for locations elsewhere.

This follows our November 2018 support and falls within our focus area of criminal justice reform.

Court Watch NOLA — Public Relations Support

Court Watch NOLA co-hosting a judicial forum. (Photo courtesy of Court Watch NOLA.)

Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

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The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $30,000 to Court Watch NOLA (CWN) to support hiring communications consultants for public relations, social media, and branding. CWN utilizes over 100 volunteers annually to observe and collect data on practices used in New Orleans courtrooms. Its observations and data are then compiled into regular reports, which can be used by the general public and advocacy groups for work related to criminal justice reform.

This discretionary grant follows our November 2018 support and falls within our focus area of criminal justice reform.

Court Watch NOLA — Coalition Coordination (2019)


Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

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


The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $57,000 to Court Watch NOLA (CWN) to support coordination of a coalition of community groups working on criminal justice reform in New Orleans. CWN plans to use these funds to support administration, coordination, and logistics work to collaborate with other local organizations to develop shared positions on key reforms and to produce a position paper summarizing their shared conclusions.

This discretionary grant follows our November 2018 general support grant and falls within our focus area of criminal justice reform.

Court Watch NOLA — General Support (November 2018)

Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

This page was reviewed but not written by the grant investigator. Court Watch NOLA staff also reviewed this page prior to publication.

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $200,000 to Court Watch NOLA (CWN) for general support. CWN utilizes over 100 volunteers annually to observe and collect data on practices used in New Orleans courtrooms. Its observations and data are then compiled into regular reports, which can be used by the general public and advocacy groups for work related to criminal justice reform.

This discretionary grant follows our February 2018 support and falls within our focus area of criminal justice reform.

Court Watch NOLA — General Support (February 2018)

Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

This page was reviewed but not written by the grant investigator. Court Watch NOLA staff also reviewed this page prior to publication.

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $100,000 to Court Watch NOLA (CWN) for general support. CWN is a 501(c)(3) organization led by Simone Levine that utilizes over 100 volunteers annually to observe and collect data on practices used in New Orleans courtrooms. Its observations and data are then compiled into regular reports, which can be used by the general public and advocacy groups for work related to criminal justice reform.

We previously recommended a $100,000 grant to CWN in October 2017. Our Program Officer for Criminal Justice Reform, Chloe Cockburn, considers CWN to be a good source of learning and training on court watching methodology. For more on Chloe’s thoughts about CWN, see her section in a recent blog post, which suggests CWN as a good giving option for individual donors.

This is a discretionary grant, and falls within our focus area of criminal justice reform.

Court Watch NOLA — General Support (October 2017)

Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

This page was reviewed but not written by the grant investigator. Court Watch NOLA staff also reviewed this page prior to publication.

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $100,000 to Court Watch NOLA (CWN) for general support. CWN is a 501(c)(3) organization led by Simone Levine that utilizes over 100 volunteers annually to observe and collect data on practices used in New Orleans courtrooms. Its observations and data are then compiled into regular reports, which can be used by the general public and advocacy groups for work related to criminal justice reform.

We previously recommended $25,000 grant to CWN in April 2017. Since that time, it published a report that influenced several media stories relevant to criminal justice reform, for example, coverage on the improper use of false subpoenas1 by district attorneys. On the basis of this success and other activities, our Program Officer for Criminal Justice Reform, Chloe Cockburn, is excited to offer increased support.

This is a discretionary grant, and falls within our focus area of criminal justice reform.

Sources

DOCUMENT SOURCE
Court Watch NOLA, Annual Report 2016 Source
The Lens NOLA, June 2017 [archive only] Source

Court Watch NOLA — General Support

Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn
This page was reviewed but not written by the grant investigator. Court Watch NOLA staff also reviewed this page prior to publication.

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $25,000 to Court Watch NOLA for general support. Court Watch NOLA is a small 501(c)(3) organization that has over 100 volunteers annually who do regular court watching and data gathering on practices used in New Orleans courtrooms. Court watchers gather data relating to violations of transparency, constitutional rights, ethics rules, state law, and victim rights. This data is compiled into regular reports that the organization uses for advocacy. We are interested in exploring the possibility of scaling up court watching as a prominent public education and engagement tactic in criminal justice reform work.

This is a discretionary grant.

Sources

Document Source
Court Watch NOLA Proposal Source