Forward Justice — Criminal Justice Reform Advocacy and Organizing (2021)

Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $150,000 to Forward Justice to support its statewide criminal justice reform organizing work in North Carolina. Forward Justice, led by Daryl Atkinson, plans to use these funds to promote prosecutor accountability, engage with newly re-enfranchised formerly incarcerated voters on criminal justice reform issues, and train formerly incarcerated people in leadership and organizing skills.

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

Forward Justice — Criminal Justice Reform Advocacy and Organizing (2019)

Forward Justice coordinates justice coalitions throughout North Carolina. (Photo courtesy of Forward Justice.)

Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

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The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $450,000 over two years to Forward Justice to support its statewide criminal justice reform organizing work in North Carolina. Forward Justice, led by nationally prominent formerly incarcerated advocate Daryl Atkinson, plans to use these funds to promote prosecutor accountability, train formerly incarcerated people in leadership and organizing skills, and coordinate justice coalitions throughout the state.

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

Forward Justice — Criminal Justice Reform Advocacy and Organizing (2018)

Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

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

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $150,000 to Forward Justice, led by nationally prominent formerly incarcerated advocate Daryl Atkinson, to support local prosecutor accountability and organizing work in North Carolina in Durham and Pitt counties. This funding will support Forward Justice to continue to grow the local chapter of All of Us or None, and will also support local organizing, public forums, and town halls to work with Durham’s newly elected district attorney to ensure policies are keeping communities safe without overly relying on jail and prison incarceration.

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

Forward Justice — Criminal Justice Reform Advocacy and Organizing

Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

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

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $75,000 to Forward Justice via Repairers of the Breach to support the advocacy and organizing activities of Daryl Atkinson in North Carolina. This grant falls under our criminal justice reform focus area. The funding is intended to support the hiring of two organizers in North Carolina who will attempt to grow the local chapter of All of Us or None—a grassroots advocacy organization—and outreach and public education activities in Durham and Pitt counties related to prosecutorial accountability and reform.

Our Program Officer for Criminal Justice Reform, Chloe Cockburn, is excited to support work led by Mr. Atkinson, who she considers a leading figure in the field of criminal justice reform and an effective leader and activist.

This is a discretionary grant.