PICO National Network — General Support

A PICO organizer during a #BantheBox campaign. (Photo courtesy of the PICO National Network, credit: Heather Wilson)
Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

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

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $50,000 to the PICO National Network for general support. They intended to use these funds to help expand Cosecha’s community organizing work, including hiring full time organizers for a Detention Defense Campaign in several communities across 12 states.

The Open Philanthropy Project has separately recommended a grant to the PICO Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) affiliated with the PICO National Network.

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

PICO National Network — Live Free Campaign

Members of the PICO National Network during a community campaign. (Photo courtesy of PICO National Network, credit: Heather Wilson)

Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

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

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $1,394,250 to the PICO National Network to support the national Live Free Campaign. The Live Free Campaign is a movement of PICO-affiliated organizations and congregations committed to addressing the causes of violence and mass incarceration in communities across the country. The campaign’s main activities were intended to include community organizing and outreach; advocating for reforms attempting to reduce gun violence and mass incarceration; and civic engagement.

Our Program Officer for Criminal Justice Reform, Chloe Cockburn, is excited to support the PICO National Network’s work because of their strong organizing infrastructure, detailed strategic planning, and criminal justice experience. Her main reservations include the difficulties of maintaining consistent quality and cohesion among many affiliates and the fact that PICO has relatively little experience with some of the proposed ​501​(c​)​(4) civic engagement and advocacy strategies (for example, educating voters on the differences between candidates).

The Open Philanthropy Project has separately recommended a grant to the PICO Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) organization affiliated with the PICO National Network.