By Alexandra Alvarado, Rain Chamberlin and Hannah Ellsworth—Aug. 3, 2021 Earlier this year, Fresnoland revealed…
Borealis Philanthropy recently launched the Communities Transforming Policing Fund to support promising police reform advocacy in local jurisdictions throughout the country, and we’re proud to share that Faith in the Valley is one of the Funds’ inaugural grant recipients.
The CTPF is a collaborative effort of the Open Society Foundations, the Ford Foundation, and the Public Welfare Foundation.
The CTPF was created in consultation with over 50 police reform advocates engaged in efforts to ensure law enforcement practices do not disproportionality target communities of color, LGBTQ people, people who are homeless, people with mental illness, and other vulnerable community members.
The CTPF will build and strengthen the capacity of organizations to transform the way law enforcement agencies engage with local communities. The Fund will provide grants, technical assistance, organizational capacity-building, networking and leadership development opportunities to its grantees. In doing so, the Fund will bolster grassroots organizing efforts to eliminate biased-based and discriminatory policing and ensure law enforcement is transparent and accountable to the communities they serve.
“The Open Society Foundations values the partnership with the Ford Foundation and the Public Welfare Foundation to support advocates at the cutting edge of police reform,” said Jennifer Shaw, program officer with the Justice team of OSF’s U.S. Programs. “We hope this fund can contribute to building and strengthening a network of local activists who understand how policing works, and can help educate their communities on how best to encourage police departments to adopt policies and practices that protect all people. By housing the Communities Transforming Policing Fund at Borealis Philanthropy—a philanthropic intermediary that emphasizes a ‘high touch’ relationship with grantees—we can ensure critical resources and technical support reach organizations who are meaningfully engaging communities in police accountability efforts.”
Collectively, our federation and the other grant recipients will receive over $1 million in project support and over $60,000 in organizational development support.
Read more about the announcement on Borealis Philantrophy’s website.