The path toward transformation looks different in California than it does in Mississippi than it does in Utah. We invest in localized strategies, directly impacted leaders, and nonprofits—amplifying their know-how to create stronger advocacy ecosystems from the bottom-up.
The majority of real, measurable change in justice reform comes from advancing policy and practice together. Through The Just Trust and The Just Trust for Action, (c)(3) and (c)(4) funding is available to provide holistic support—moving resources into the hands of advocates, allies, and leaders faster and as needs arise.
We know the pathway to progress is often nonlinear. Wins aren’t always apparent or easy to measure. The Hollywood-ending moments, the quieter triumphs, and the lessons in disguise are all progress in our book. We fight for the biggest thing we can—without letting perfect be the enemy of good. Explore our goals and areas of work to see how your advocacy might align with our grantmaking.
Funding priorities that map to the progress we want to see:
Justice reform organizations and their day-to-day operations at the state and national level—with a focus on impacted leaders and state-based activities.
Investment in key advocacy moments—from public education to ballot measures—with bounded timeline and goals.
News media infrastructure and narrative work that helps elevate justice reform and shifts the way we talk and think about the system.
Community-centered models for justice that prevent crime, repair harm, and strengthen communities.
Creating inroads and weaving connections between funders, decision makers, and experts to channel resources, expertise, and ultimately maximize impact.
Critical moment of crisis or opportunity.
Below are our current open funding opportunities. We have both discrete, time-bound opportunities and a process for accepting inquiries for our ongoing rolling grants. We’d love to hear about your work, so take a look!
Are you advancing justice reform in your work? Let us know what you’re up to.
This is an open call to all the stubborn optimists who won’t take no for an answer, believe change is possible, and know the ins and outs of making change wherever they live. Tell us about your work, so we can keep you top of mind for future funding opportunities.