Public Welfare Foundation donations made to New Venture Fund

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Basic donor information

ItemValue
Country United States
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_Welfare_Foundation
Best overview URLhttp://www.publicwelfare.org/grants-process/program-guidelines/
Facebook username Public-Welfare-Foundation-371167644067
LinkedIn username 9164304
Websitehttp://www.publicwelfare.org/
Donations URLhttp://www.publicwelfare.org/grants-process/our-grants/
Twitter usernamePublicWelfare
Page on philosophy informing donationshttp://www.publicwelfare.org/about-us/
Grant application process pagehttp://www.publicwelfare.org/grants-process/apply-for-a-grant/
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 https://github.com/riceissa/public-welfare-foundation

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 http://www.publicwelfare.org/grants-process/apply-for-a-grant/ and http://www.publicwelfare.org/grants-process/ and have to fit within the program guidelines described at http://www.publicwelfare.org/grants-process/program-guidelines/

Notes on grant publication logistics: Grants are published on the grants page http://www.publicwelfare.org/grants-process/our-grants/ 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 https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/criminal-justice-reform/criminal-justice-reform-strategy

Full donor page for donor Public Welfare Foundation

Basic donee information

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Country

Full donee page for donee New Venture Fund

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 17 400,000 446,765 25,000 25,000 50,000 200,000 300,000 400,000 600,000 700,000 750,000 900,000 900,000
Custom 2 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000
Criminal justice reform 9 400,000 460,556 50,000 50,000 50,000 200,000 400,000 400,000 500,000 750,000 895,000 900,000 900,000
Civil legal aid 5 700,000 620,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 600,000 600,000 700,000 700,000 700,000 700,000 900,000 900,000
Customer 1 300,000 300,000 300,000 300,000 300,000 300,000 300,000 300,000 300,000 300,000 300,000 300,000 300,000

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 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
Criminal justice reform (filter this donor) 9 4,145,000.00 400,000.00 600,000.00 900,000.00 50,000.00 1,695,000.00 500,000.00 0.00
Civil legal aid (filter this donor) 5 3,100,000.00 0.00 0.00 700,000.00 900,000.00 600,000.00 200,000.00 700,000.00
Customer (filter this donor) 1 300,000.00 300,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Custom (filter this donor) 2 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 25,000.00 25,000.00 0.00 0.00
Total 17 7,595,000.00 700,000.00 600,000.00 1,600,000.00 975,000.00 2,320,000.00 700,000.00 700,000.00

Graph of spending by cause area and year (incremental, not cumulative)

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Graph of spending by cause area and year (cumulative)

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Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (17 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 17)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
300,000.00112019Customer/special opportunitieshttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 24 months. Support for Voices for Civil Justice to generate media coverage of civil legal aid, and increase the visibility and communications capacity of the sector. Affected regions: Washington, DC; affected countries: United States.
400,000.0092019Criminal justice reform/youth justicehttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 12 months. Support for Youth First State Advocacy Fund. Affected regions: Washington, DC; affected countries: United States.
200,000.00122018Criminal justice reform/youth justicehttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 24 months. Communities for Just Schools Fund. . Affected regions: Washington, DC; affected countries: United States.
400,000.0092018Criminal justice reform/youth justicehttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 12 months. Support for the Youth First State Advocacy Fund. . Affected regions: Washington, DC; affected countries: United States.
700,000.0052017Civil legal aidhttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 24 months. Support to the Self-Represented Litigation Network. . Affected regions: Washington, DC; affected countries: United States.
900,000.0012017Criminal justice reform/youth justicehttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 24 months. Support for the Youth First Initiative. Affected regions: Washington, DC; affected countries: United States.
50,000.00142016Criminal justice reform/youth justicehttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 12 months. Support to the Communities for Just Schools Fund to host a convening for school discipline and juvenile justice reform advocates. Affected regions: Washington, DC; affected countries: United States.
900,000.0012016Civil legal aidhttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 36 months. Support for Voices for Civil Justice: A Breakthrough Strategic Communications Initiative for Civil Legal Aid. Affected regions: Washington, DC; affected countries: United States.
25,000.00162016Custom/discretionary fundhttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 12 months. Support for Better Schools Better Jobs for Mississippi. Affected regions: Washington, DC; affected countries: United States.
50,000.00142015Criminal justice reformhttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 24 months. Support for JustLeadershipUSA. Affected regions: Washington, DC; affected countries: United States.
895,000.0032015Criminal justice reform/youth justicehttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 24 months. Support to Youth First!, a national initiative to end youth incarceration and redirect resources to community programs. Affected regions: Washington, DC; affected countries: United States.
25,000.00162015Custom/discretionary fundhttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 6 months. Support to the Self-Represented Litigation Network for the development of a national online tool for the self-represented litigation service innovation. Affected regions: Washington, DC; affected countries: United States.
750,000.0042015Criminal justice reformhttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 24 months. Support for Alliance for Safety and Justice, a multi-state advocacy campaign seeking to significantly reduce the U.S. prison population in target states, and b…. Affected regions: Washington, DC; affected countries: United States.
600,000.0072015Civil legal aidhttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 24 months. Support to bring the Self-Represented Litigation Network to scale. Affected regions: Washington, DC; affected countries: United States.
500,000.0082014Criminal justice reform/youth justicehttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 24 months. Support to the Youth First! Initiative to end the reliance on youth incarceration and redirect resources towards community programs. Affected regions: Washington, DC; affected countries: United States.
200,000.00122014Civil legal aidhttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 24 months. Support for activities to strengthen the Self-Represented Litigation Network in its effort to develop and promote self-help resources for increasing access to …. Affected regions: Washington, DC; affected countries: United States.
700,000.0052013Civil legal aidhttps://www.publicwelfare.org/grants/-- Term: 36 months. Support to house a collective communications initiative that will create a common narrative in the media, casting a spotlight on the vital role of civil legal …. Affected regions: Washington, DC; affected countries: United States.