The Justice and Mobility Fund

The Justice and Mobility Fund is a philanthropic collaboration that aims to boost economic mobility and improve the life trajectories of people impacted by the criminal justice system.

Why Justice and Mobility

The Justice and Mobility Fund seeks to scale the impact, reach, and influence of solutions to problems caused by interaction with the criminal justice system, both nationwide and in targeted regions. Reducing convictions and incarceration and mitigating their negative downstream effects is critical to giving people – especially people of color, who are disproportionately impacted — greater access to jobs, and educational opportunities, and housing that will help break the cycle of poverty and injustice.

The Problem

Mass incarceration is one of the most critical civil rights issues of our time. 77 million Americans have criminal records and millions more interact with the justice system each year. Once engaged with the system, the damage to an individual’s economic mobility can be devastating and ripple through their family for generations. Incarceration limits people’s ability to get an education, maintain stable housing, connect to employment opportunities and public benefits, and more. Despite reform efforts, insufficient attention is paid to developing and scaling interventions that provide economic opportunity for people affected by the system.

COVID-19 poses higher risks to the health and economic stability of incarcerated people. In response, jurisdictions across the US are releasing select populations. However, at this time, the communities to which they return are often unable to support their re-entry with needed services, presenting an urgent issue.

77M

Americans have criminal records and millions more interact with the justice system each year

The Solution

The Justice and Mobility Fund will bring significant new resources and capacity-building to the field in order to extend the reach, impact, and influence of the most promising strategies and organizations. We will make right-sized investments in solutions poised to scale nationally, as well as strategic local investments across the criminal justice system, with a focus on economic mobility.

In response to the additional risks stemming from the COVID-19 crisis, the Fund is making an initial set of investments in programs helping citizens released from the justice system to access financial resources and critical support. These programs enhance public safety as well as the well-being of individuals, families, and communities.

~40M

initial dollars dedicated to scaling nationwide and community-specific interventions, including COVID-19 crisis relief

Our Partners

The Justice and Mobility Fund is a collaboration launched by The Ford Foundation and Blue Meridian Partners with support from the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies. Leveraging Blue Meridian’s rigorous investment approach and the Ford Foundation’s expertise in social justice grantmaking, the Justice and Mobility Fund presents the opportunity to make investments that can change the lives of generations. We welcome additional funders to join the partnership as we continue to innovate.

The Ford Foundation

The Ford Foundation centers on belief in the inherent dignity of all people. Around the world, too many people are excluded from the political, economic, and social institutions that shape their lives. Across eight decades, The Ford Foundation’s mission has sought to reduce poverty and injustice, strengthen democratic values, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement.

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Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies

The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies is a global organization that seeks to improve lives, strengthen communities and reduce inequality. Their philanthropic vision is grounded in a commitment to pursue justice, repair the world and treat all people with dignity and civility. They invests in efforts to improve public education in the United States, strengthen the Jewish people and Israel, and address the needs of marginalized individuals and communities.

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