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California Criminal Justice Funders

Who We Are

Founded in 2014, the California Criminal Justice Funders Group (CCJFG) is a network of institutional funders and individual donors who invest in a wide range of criminal justice reform efforts in California. As an active learning community, CCJFG members come together regularly to share information, learn from one another and from criminal justice advocates and thought-leaders, create partnerships, collaborate on specific efforts, and leverage our collective capacity on criminal justice issues to enhance our overall impact in the field. The CCJFG is committed to engaging new funders and partners and leverage new resources to strengthen the effectiveness of the criminal justice reform sector in California. The CCJFG is guided by coordinator Adrienne Skye Roberts and an active steering committee.

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New First-of-its-Kind Research 

The California Criminal Justice Funders Group (CCJFG) is pleased to present an initial field scan of fellowship programs for formerly-incarcerated people in the state of California.

The report provides: a background on the project’s origins; an overview of the need for and value of fellowships for formerly-incarcerated people; discussion of research methodology and report terminology; a synthesis of the research findings; and key recommendations. This, first-of-its-kind research backing the report, was conducted in the fall of 2018. The data gathered through the research is intended to inform and engage funders about the diversity of fellowship opportunities throughout the state, the immense value of fellowships for formerly-incarcerated individuals, and how fellowships benefit California’s criminal justice reform movement.

Read the Report


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Propose a Learning Session

Whether a visit to a prison or other facility, a webinar or another type of event, the CCJFG invites our members to design and propose dynamic timely learning sessions that may be of interest to the broader group. The CCJFG Steering Committee will vet proposals and select and schedule a number of sessions throughout the year. CCJFG’s coordinator will be available to support the development and implementation of sessions. Click Here to Propose an Idea >

Sign Up for our Newsletter

We welcome all funders involved in supporting criminal justice reform in California (as staff from foundations, individual donors, donor-advised funds, etc.) to sign up for the CCJFG mailing list. It's a great way to stay updated on our events, share information, learn more about criminal justice issues, see what other funders are supporting, and connect with others in the field. 



Criminal Justice programming coming soon. In the meantime, take a look at our past events.


Policy and legislative updates from the CCJFG December Newsletter.

Reports from the field in the CCJFG December Newsletter.

Resources from the CCJFG December Newsletter. 

This December webinar was presented by the California Criminal Justice Funders Group. 

Policy and legislative updates from the CCJFG August Newsletter.

Resources on commutations and AB 2845 from the CCJFG August Newsletter. 


Monday, December 2, 2019

Join us in welcoming Gina Peralta to the CCJFG Steering Committee! Gina Peralta is a program officer with the Human Rights program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2019, Gina served as the director of site management at The W. Haywood Burns Institute (the Burns Institute), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing racial and ethnic equity in the justice system by creating community-based alternatives to system involvement. 

Monday, December 2, 2019

The San Francisco Foundation (SFF) is committed to ensuring that all people in the Bay Area are economically secure, rooted in vibrant communities and civically engaged. We envision a Bay Area where everyone is able to make ends meet and plan for their future, where culture and difference are celebrated, and where they are able to lift their voices to shape community policies that meet their needs and interests.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

The California Criminal Justice Funders Group is proud to highlight the work of its members. Learn more about the founding of Akonadi and the work they are doing now!

Friday, August 9, 2019

The California Criminal Justice Funders Group Steering Committee is comprised of powerful and dynamic representatives from various local and statewide foundations and philanthropic institutions. Join us in welcoming our newest members, Iris Garcia of Akonadi Foundation and maisha quint of Libra Foundation.