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 affected by the system, the damage to an individual’s economic mobility is devastating and ripples through their family for generations, particularly in low-income communities and for people of color. Today, despite progress on justice reform in many states, the pace of change is too slow. Insufficient attention is paid to developing and scaling interventions that provide economic opportunity for people impacted by the system.
Leveraging Blue Meridian's rigorous investment approach and the Ford Foundation's expertise in social justice grantmaking with support from the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, the collaboration will bring significant new resources to the field, in addition to planning and capacity building, in order to strengthen and scale up the reach, impact and influence of the most promising strategies and organizations.
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.Visit Website
The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation is a global organization that seeks to improve lives, strengthen communities and reduce inequality. The Schusterman Foundation's philanthropic vision is grounded in a commitment to pursue justice, repair the world and treat all people with dignity and civility. The Foundation 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.Visit Website