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.
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.
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.
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 >
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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.