Alliance for Safety and Justice — General Support (2019)

Alliance for Safety and Justice
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For general support of the Alliance for Safety and Justice's state-level criminal justice reform advocacy.

Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $4,000,000 over three years to the Alliance for Safety and Justice (ASJ), via the Tides Center, for general support of its state-level criminal justice reform advocacy. ASJ is a national organization seeking to reduce overreliance on incarceration in states across the U.S. and to promote new safety priorities rooted in community health and well-being.

This grant falls within Open Philanthropy's work on criminal justice reform, follows its February 2016, April 2017, and November 2018 support, and will be Open Philanthropy's last grant to ASJ. Open Philanthropy is providing a three-year runway of stepped-down funding to ensure that ASJ has time to recruit other major donors. At the end of this three-year runway, Open Philanthropy will have funded ASJ for seven years. In that time, the organization has grown substantially in exciting ways, and has established a strong reputation for effective leadership and impactful policy reform work. At this stage, Open Philanthropy's criminal justice reform team thinks ASJ is a better fit for funders that are looking to support major, well-established institutions. Consistent with its thinking on hits-based giving, Open Philanthropy wants to ensure that its funding is tracking the emerging edge of the field, and that it is leaving room for funders to resource the lower-risk, more established organizations.

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