Voters Organized to Educate — Civic Engagement and Criminal Justice Reform

Voters Organized to Educate focuses on building collective power to create change in the criminal legal system. (Photo courtesy of Voters Organized to Educate.)

Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

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Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $700,000 over two years to Voters Organized to Educate (“Voters Organized”) to support work on civic engagement and criminal justice reform. Voters Organized intends to use this funding to continue its work to reduce incarceration in Louisiana.

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

Voters Organized to Educate — General Support (2019)

Celebration in the Louisiana Governor’s Mansion following the unanimous jury and voting rights victories. (Photo courtesy of Voters Organized.)

Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

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Open Philanthropy recommended three grants totaling $950,000 over two years to Voters Organized to Educate (“Voters Organized”) for general support. Voters Organized intends to use this funding to hire an organizing director and continue its work to reduce incarceration in Louisiana.

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

Voters Organized to Educate — General Support (2018)

Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

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The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $100,000 to Voters Organized to Educate (“Voters Organized”) for general support. Voters Organized intends to use these funds to hire a senior legislative policy consultant and build administrative capacity for its criminal justice reform legislative efforts in Louisiana.

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

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

Voters Organized to Educate — General Support (2016)

Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

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The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $222,500 to Voters Organized to Educate for general support. The grant was intended to support its development of evidence-based voter engagement strategies for formerly incarcerated people and families throughout Louisiana. Funds were intended to pay for increased staffing, website development, direct mailings, and a contract with the Analyst Institute to support testing and voter engagement research.

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

The Open Philanthropy Project has separately recommended a grant to Voice of the Experienced, a 501(c)(3) organization affiliated with Voters Organized to Educate.

Voters Organized to Educate — General Support (2017)

A broad coalition, led by Voters Organized to Educate, host a Public Safety Candidate’s Forum to explore policy proposals to reform the most incarcerated city in America. (Photo courtesy of Voters Organized to Educate)

Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

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

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended two awards totaling $305,000 to Voters Organized to Educate (“Voters Organized”) to support its work on criminal justice reform in Louisiana. The funding is intended to allow Voters Organized to continue developing and testing its electoral impact and voter engagement strategies, vet and publicly endorse local political candidates who support policies aligned with Voters Organized’s mission, and raise its profile as an organization representing the interests of formerly incarcerated people.

This funding is a renewal of our 2016 grant recommendation to Voters Organized.

Voters Organized is a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization, and we made these recommendations to funders that are able to support 501(c)(4) organizations.