Launched by The New York Women’s Foundation in 2018, The Justice Fund is a seven-year initiative to support community solutions that: reduce incarceration; move New York City and the country toward decriminalization and decarceration; and invest in economic opportunity, health and safety for system-impacted people and communities.
The New York Women’s Foundation is joined by funding partners: Art for Justice Fund, Ford Foundation, Frances Lear Foundation, JM Kaplan Fund, New York Foundation and The Pinkerton Foundation.
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The Justice Fund builds on The New York Women’s Foundation’s collaborative funds approach to leveraging investment and increasing impact. The Foundation houses three funding collaboratives: The New York City Fund for Girls and Young Women of Color, The Fund for the Me Too Movement and Allies and The Justice Fund. With more than three decades of experience investing in community-led organizations working at the intersection of economic, gender and racial justice, we bring a unique perspective that cannot be found anywhere else. This includes our ground-up approach of funding solutions by women for their communities and engaging community in decision making through grantmaking and other participatory processes.
As a core tenant of our approach, community-led expertise, input and solutions are central to the initiative in multiple ways. We emphasize inclusion of individuals with histories of justice system involvement, community leaders and CBOs, and leaders from academia and research, in order to leverage their local voices and visions. We do this by: