New Virginia Majority — Criminal Justice Reform (October 2019)


Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

This page was reviewed but not written by the grant investigator. Virginia New Majority Education Fund staff also reviewed this page prior to publication.


The Open Philanthropy Project recommended two grants totaling $266,000 to New Virginia Majority to support work on criminal justice reform. New Virginia Majority, a base-building organization working on securing rights restoration for the formerly incarcerated, intends to use these funds to train formerly incarcerated organizers and leaders, organize formerly incarcerated people in support of voting-rights restoration, and prepare for potential future legislative opportunities.

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

New Virginia Majority Education Fund — Criminal Justice Reform (June 2019)


Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

This page was reviewed but not written by the grant investigator. Virginia New Majority Education Fund staff also reviewed this page prior to publication.


The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $200,000 to New Virginia Majority to support work on criminal justice reform. New Virginia Majority, a base-building organization working on securing rights restoration for the formerly incarcerated, intends to use these funds to support issue organizing, including hiring organizers, doing communications, and leveraging infrastructure to educate and mobilize their base.

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

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

New Virginia Majority Education Fund — Criminal Justice Reform (2018)

Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

This page was reviewed but not written by the grant investigator. Virginia New Majority Education Fund staff also reviewed this page prior to publication.

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended two grants totaling $220,000 to New Virginia Majority to support work on criminal justice reform. New Virginia Majority is a political base-building organization working on securing rights restoration for the formerly incarcerated. These funds will help support court watching, allow New Virginia Majority to hire and train formerly incarcerated organizers and increase its capacity in key counties, and lay groundwork for future elections.

One of these grants was made by a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization, to which we occasionally make funding recommendations.

This is a renewal of our October 2016 support, and falls within our focus area of criminal justice reform.

New Virginia Majority — Formerly Incarcerated Organizers

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $50,000 to New Virginia Majority to enable it to hire formerly incarcerated staff. New Virginia Majority is a political base-building organization that we see as highly competent, and that is beginning to address the issue of criminal justice reform in Virginia. Its organizing is centered on securing rights restoration for the formerly incarcerated.

This is a discretionary (formerly called “no-process”) grant. For discretionary 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.