Good Ventures made a grant of $150,000 to the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) for general operating support in September 2014. This grant represents a renewal of our support for DPA, following similar grants we made to the organization in June 2012 and September 2013. The grant is intended to help us learn about drug policy reform, one of several areas we've prioritized for deeper investigation through learning grants. It also is meant to take advantage of what we see as a timely opportunity to build on the current momentum for drug policy reform.
We initially chose to support the DPA based on our impression that it is the leading nonprofit working on this issue. We previously hired two research consultants to help us learn more about the DPA, and notes from a March 2014 conversation between them and DPA Executive Director Ethan Nadelmann are available here.