People’s Action Institute — Prosecutor Accountability

People’s Action annual leadership assembly in Chicago. (Photo courtesy of People’s Action Institute)

Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

This page was reviewed but not written by the grant investigator. People’s Action Institute staff also reviewed this page prior to publication.

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $279,000 to the People’s Action Institute to support its prosecutor accountability campaign.We originally recommended a two-year, $558,000 grant to the People’s Action Institute in March 2017. In January 2018, we increased our funding recommendation to People’s Action, a 501(c)(4) affiliated with the People’s Action Institute, and the second payment on the People’s Action Institute grant was cancelled. The People’s Action Institute is a national organization driven by local and state organizing, with member organizations across several states. Using this funding, they plan to expand their community organizing and public education activities related to prosecutor accountability and reform to several new cities and regions. The broad goal will be to mobilize stakeholders to advocate for reforms that reduce incarceration levels. We expect these funds to cover expenses related to personnel, leadership trainings, consulting fees, materials and supplies, communications, travel and lodging, and re-grants to member organizations.

This grant falls within our focus area of criminal justice reform. See our overall criminal justice reform strategy for more information on why we support prosecutorial reform.

The Open Philanthropy Project has separately recommended a grant to People’s Action, a 501(c)(4) affiliated with the People’s Action Institute.