The Libra Foundation

2016 Spring General Grants (A-H)

ACLU Foundation
$575,000 the first year, $675,000 for the second year, 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 per year for two years, 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
$50,000, El Paso, TX
For general operating support to carry out the 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
$100,000 per year for two years, 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 (second installment of a two year grant), 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 (second installment of a two year grant), 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
$40,000 General Operating, $10,000 Catalyst Fund, 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 (second installment of a two year grant), 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 (second installment of a two year grant), 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 (second installment of a two year grant), New York, NY
For programmatic support to advance the national criminal justice reform agenda and advocate on behalf of the recently implemented Law Enforcement Assisted 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 per year for two years, 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.

Grassroots Global Justice Alliance
$50,000, Philadelphia, PA
For general operating support to deepen the feminist and gender justice framework in member organizations and within the broader climate movement; strengthen the climate justice movement in the U.S. and globally with an intersectional approach on race, gender and class lens, and continue building alliances with global movements.

Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights
$60,000 per year for two years, 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 (second installment of a two year grant), New York, NY
For support of the 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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