The Libra Foundation

2015 Spring General Grants (A-H)

ACLU Foundation
$575,000 New York, NY
To support the organization’s Human Rights Program, Reproductive Rights Program, and Criminal Justice Reform Project  which uses human rights to advance social justice issues including racial justice, hyper-criminalization, over-incarceration, and government accountability

ACLU of Northern California
$466,667 San Francisco, CA
For support of the Criminal Justice and Drug Policy Project, which seeks to protect reforms made possible by the passages of Proposition 47, organizes a ballot initiative campaign to legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana in California and protects the rights of currently and formerly incarcerated people while holding police, sheriffs and prosecutors accountable to the communities they serve. 

Border Network for Human Rights
$40,000 El Paso, TX
For general operating support to carry out their Border Enforcement Accountability and Community Engagement strategy and to work to reform the current U.S. border strategy to one that reflects American values of community security, accountability, economic development and human rights.

Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth
$75,000 Washington, DC
For general operating support to serve as the national hub for the movement to end extreme prison sentences for children in the United States, with a focus on ending juvenile life without parole.

Center for Constitutional Rights
$125,000 a year for 2 years New York, NY
For general operating support to advance and support the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Center for Reproductive Rights
$150,000 a year for 2 years New York, NY
To support the organization’s U.S. Legal Program in its efforts to use litigation, legislative and executive branch advocacy, field development and targeted communications to increase access to abortion and quality reproductive health care services, as well as to continue their social media campaign to raise awareness of and shift the dialogue on women’s reproductive rights.

Chicago Foundation for Women
$50,000 Chicago, IL
For general operating support to engage in advocacy, grantmaking, education and technical assistance programs and for the Catalyst Fund Matching Grant program which funds women-of-color led reproductive justice organizations.

Citizen Engagement Lab Education Fund
$100,000 a year for 2 years Berkeley, CA
For general operating support to advance human rights and social justice by increasing civic participation among under-organized constituencies, achieving concrete victories that serve the interests of those constituencies and building sustainable bases of power for progressive change.

Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute
$65,000 a year for 2 years New York, NY
For programmatic support to build U.S. lawyers, policy makers and advocates’ capacity to incorporate human rights into domestic social justice advocacy efforts and encourage human rights accountability at every level of government.

Drug Policy Alliance
$200,000 a year for 2 years New York, NY
For programmatic support to advance their national criminal justice reform agenda and advocate on behalf of the recently implemented Law Enforcement Asserted Diversion (LEAD) initiative in Santa Fe, NM to diminish the role of criminalization and the criminal justice system in drug policy and build in its place an approach grounded in science, compassion, health, and human rights.

Global Fund for Women
$100,000 (second installment of a 2 year grant) San Francisco, CA
For general operating support to sustain and expand investments in emerging women-led social change initiatives and strengthen the capacity of women's rights groups to achieve lasting social change.

Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights
$60,000 (second installment of a 2 year grant) Chicago, IL
For programmatic support for human rights advocacy efforts to reduce poverty levels across Illinois. Through advocacy, public policy reform, and work in coalition, Heartland will advance tangible policy change that will help move individuals out of extreme poverty.

Human Rights First
$125,000 a year for 2 years New York, NY
For support of their Law and Security program to promote rights-respecting national security policies through a combination of insider advocacy, coalition-building, research, and education. Additional support of the Pillars Project to provide greater opportunities for victims to seek and obtain remedies for human rights violations and improve U.S. understanding of and compliance with its international human rights and humanitarian law obligations.   

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