Public Welfare Foundation donations made to Georgetown University

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Basic donor information

Country United States
Wikipedia page
Best overview URL
Facebook username Public-Welfare-Foundation-371167644067
LinkedIn username 9164304
Donations URL
Twitter usernamePublicWelfare
Page on philosophy informing donations
Grant application process page
Regularity with which Donations List Website updates donations data (after donor update)quarterly refresh
Lag with which donor updates donations datamonths
Lag with which Donations List Website updates donations data (after donor update)months
Data entry method on Donations List WebsiteSQL insertion commands generated by script

Brief history: The Public Welfare Foundation was founded in 1947. It was overseen by Charles E. Marsh till 1953, then by his wife till 1974

Brief notes on broad donor philosophy and major focus areas: The three historical main areas were criminal justice reform, youth justice, and worker rights. In 2011 it added a special initiative for civil legal aid. All initiatives seem restricted to the United States

Notes on grant decision logistics: Grant applications have to be submitted through a process described at and and have to fit within the program guidelines described at

Notes on grant publication logistics: Grants are published on the grants page where they can be filtered by category and by fiscal year. Pages on individual grants are not published

Miscellaneous notes: The foundation was included because it has been mentioned by the Open Philanthropy Project as one of the important funders of criminal justice reform in the United States, see for instance

Full donor page for donor Public Welfare Foundation

Basic donee information

Facebook page georgetownuniv
Twitter usernamegeorgetown
Wikipedia page
Instagram usernamegeorgetownuniversity

Full donee page for donee Georgetown University

Donor–donee relationship

Item Value

Donor–donee donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 2 125,000 162,500 125,000 125,000 125,000 125,000 125,000 125,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000
Civil legal aid 1 125,000 125,000 125,000 125,000 125,000 125,000 125,000 125,000 125,000 125,000 125,000 125,000 125,000
Criminal justice reform 1 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000

Donation amounts by cause area and year

If you hover over a cell for a given cause area and year, you will get a tooltip with the number of donees and the number of donations.

Note: Cause area classification used here may not match that used by donor for all cases.

Cause area Number of donations Total 2017
Criminal justice reform (filter this donor) 1 200,000.00 200,000.00
Civil legal aid (filter this donor) 1 125,000.00 125,000.00
Total 2 325,000.00 325,000.00

Skipping spending graph as there is fewer than one year’s worth of donations.

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (2 donations)

Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 2)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
125,000.0022017Civil legal aid Support to the Institute for Technology Law and Policy at Georgetown University for research and mapping of access to justice tools that are being used around the country to improve self-represented litigants' access to the courts. Affected regions: Washington, DC; affected countries: United States.
200,000.0012017Criminal justice reform/youth justice Support to the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform to convene the Juvenile Justice Leadership Network. Affected regions: Washington, DC; affected countries: United States.