Texas Inmate Families Association — General Support (2020)

A TIFA rally held at the Texas capitol during an advocacy day. (Photo courtesy of TIFA.)

Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

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


Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $120,000 to the Texas Inmate Families Association (TIFA) for general support. TIFA provides support, education, and advocacy for family members of incarcerated individuals.

This follows our February 2018 support and represents an “exit grant” that will provide TIFA with approximately one year of operating support. It falls within our focus area of criminal justice reform.

Texas Inmate Families Association — General Support (2018)

Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

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

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $242,000 over two years to the Texas Inmate Families Association (TIFA) for general support. TIFA is a primarily volunteer-driven organization that provides support, education, and advocacy for family members of incarcerated individuals. This funding is intended to allow TIFA to hire a full-time organizer to increase membership, provide marketing assistance, and conduct more trainings and workshops.

This grant is part of an overall strategy to provide resources and develop the organizing capacity of criminal justice reform organizations in Texas. We consider the voices of family members of incarcerated individuals particularly powerful and hope to better leverage their impact through this funding and support. Moreover, our Program Officer for Criminal Justice Reform, Chloe Cockburn, believes that TIFA is an especially promising organization in terms of its structure and leadership, which may serve as a model for emerging groups in other states.

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

Update: In March of 2019, we added $42,000 to the original award amount. The “grant amount” above has been updated to reflect this.