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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.

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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 >

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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. 



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


The following criminal justice reform bills are still moving forward in the legislature in 2019. This mid-summer legislative update is brought to you by the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.

What is a commutation?

A commutation to the governor is sometimes a person’s only hope for freedom. Advocates, family members, and those serving Life Without Parole and lengthy sentences are hoping Governor Newsom continues Govenrnor Brown’s legacy of granting commutations.

The California Criminal Justice Funders Group is pleased to share our first-of-its-kind report “Funding the Future: Fellowships for Formerly-Incarcerated People in California.”


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. 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Our criminal justice system is broken. It disproportionately impacts and targets communities of color and poor communities, and costs California taxpayers billions a year, money that could otherwise be directed towards more fruitful investments in community development, drug treatment, mental health services, education, and jobs.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

This past week, the award-winning hip hop artist and actor Common went behind the scenes in Southern California to better understand our nation’s prison pipeline, and learn from people whose lives are profoundly affected by it both on the inside and the outside.