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California Criminal Justice Funders

Our Vision

We envision a world rooted in racial, economic, and gender justice, where communities have access to the resources they need for health, safety, and self-determination without relying on criminalization or punishment. We believe philanthropy has an important role to play in making this vision a reality. We aim to transform the culture of philanthropy and funding in the criminal justice reform sector by fostering collaboration and solidarity among funders, and with impacted communities through long-term investments in grassroots organizations led by people of color and communities most impacted by incarceration, as well as principled allied organizations. We envision a funding community that stands in solidarity with the movements to end policing, criminalization, and imprisonment and that mobilizes and redistributes resources to see a more just, equitable and humane world.

Our Mission  

Founded in 2014, the California Criminal Justice Funders Group (CCJFG) is an established network of funders and donors that invest in a wide range of systems change. CCJFG engages funders from their current location and perspective and supports them to transform learning into collective action; develop principles that align with the movements to end policing, criminalization, imprisonment and the disinvestment of communities in California; build meaningful relationships with impacted communities; and mobilize and redistribute resources. As an active learning community, CCJFG regularly hosts educational events, prison visits, publishes a newsletter, and more. 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.


Find up-to-date information on 2020 criminal justice reform legislation including the California Racial Justice Act and the Family Over Fees Act. You'll also find a breakdown of 2020 ballot measures including cash bail and California voting rights restoration. 

Learn about the Sister Warrior Freedom campaign launch in March, the Drop LWOP (Life Without Parole) Spring Rally at the Capitol, and the new Alternative to Incarceration workgroup that appeared before the LA County Board of Supervisors. 

Get current information on California Freedom Campaigns, COVID-19 Decarcerate Syllabus, and the  impact COVID-19 is having on prisons.

Charisse Shumate: Fighting for Our Lives

Meet the Californians bringing healing and transformative programs to state prisons, and hear how a growing statewide campaign is calling for 1% of the corrections budget to be reinvested in community-run prison programs.

Policy and legislative updates from the CCJFG December Newsletter.


Wednesday, April 1, 2020

On December 6, 2019, members of the California Criminal Justice Funders Group spent the day building connections with women and transgender people incarcerated in the state’s oldest women’s prison, the California Institution for Women (CIW), as well as women recently released from CIW.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

CCJFG’s Steering Committee recently engaged in a process to identify values and commitments to guide our work. We invite CCJFG members to review the following values, and the commitments they represent, and join us in embodying and striving towards these values from whatever current location and perspective you may hold. 

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.