Snapshots of Philanthropy is a special year-long series that aims to better demonstrate the scope and impact of our members’ work. These short “snapshot” stories showcase the positive impact organized philanthropy has in northern California, and will be used to educate external audiences about why our members fund who they fund, and what changes are happening as a result of these investments. Learn more about the series and read other stories online.
Latest Snapshot: Rosenberg Foundation
Everyday, thousands of formerly incarcerate individuals return to communities throughout California. Unfortunately, two-thirds of them end up back behind bars within three years. The state’s 70 percent recidivism rate —one of the highest in the country— jeopardizes public safety and denies formerly incarcerated people a second chance.
Breaking this cycle of incarceration is a key component of the Rosenberg Foundation’s Justice and Public Safety program. The Foundation, a private foundation with a 75 year history of supporting social and economic justice in California, launched the initiative in 2007 to help reform the state’s criminal justice system. A core part of the project’s vision is to partner with an inspiring group of advocates and organizations to help close the revolving doors of California prisons.
The Foundation found inspiration in research that points to one major solution to putting formerly incarcerated individuals on a path to leading productive lives—access to jobs. With this focus, the organizations supported by the Justice and Public Safety initiative are using a variety of tools—like direct service, research, impact litigation and policy advocacy—to advance employment as a powerful preventive strategy to reduce the recidivism rate, and as a result increasing public safety in communities most impacted by crime.
Read the whole story [downloads as PDF]
Read Snapshot 1: S.H. Cowell Foundation online.
Read Snapshot 2: Horizons Foundation online.
Read Snapshot 3: The James Irvine Foundation online.
Read Snapshot 4: The Christensen Fund online.
Read Snapshot 5: Sierra Health Foundation online.
Read Snapshot 6: Akonadi Foundation online.
Read Snapshot 7: The Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund online.
Read Snapshot 8: Women’s Foundation of California online.
Read Snapshot 9: Levi Strauss Foundation online.
Learn more about NCG’s Snapshots of Philanthropy series online.