The Goodnation Covid-19 Criminal Justice Fund was created with advising from a set of criminal justice focused donor advisors, including Chloe Cockburn (Open Philanthropy), Billy Watterson (Galaxy Gives), Zoe Towns (Fwd.us), Angie Junck, and Ana Zamora (Chan Zuckerberg Initiative). Between them they have significant years of criminal justice reform grantmaking experience.
We developed this fund to support excellent organizations, doing lifesaving work at this moment, and to share guidance with funders looking to make a real difference in this extremely dangerous time, where many lives are at stake and government actors are already struggling to respond.
COVID-19 threatens to overwhelm numerous systems at once, nationwide. Existing systems to care for the most vulnerable are fractured. Moreover, many of the most vulnerable people in the country are currently being held in unsafe conditions in jails, prisons, and detention centers.
With half the population of every prison system being released every year, and jails on an even quicker churn, plus staff moving inside these facilities and then going back to their communities, there is a huge risk of an uncontrolled outbreak, both inside facilities and outside.
Since no other country is as incarcerated as the United States, no other country faces such a massive risk of the spread of disease through its prison and jail systems. This is a massive public health and humanitarian crisis on the brink of exploding.
This demands immediate action to decarcerate our prisons and jails now before the COVID-19 epidemic spreads throughout the population with deadly consequences for incarcerated people and our communities. Hopefully in the long term this will also lead us to consider fairer and more just policies that make this reduction in unnecessary incarceration permanent.
Your support of the COVID-19 Criminal Justice Fund will enable high-impact nonprofits advocating for and providing critical services to incarcerated people at risk of COVID-19. Below are examples of the great organizations we will support with your help, including:
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Goodnation ensures all donations to the Fund are 100% tax deductible. Funding will be allocated in proportion to the amount that funders contribute and with smaller groups prioritized first, for whom smaller grants make a big difference.
Building on the foundation of our history of aligned funding together, we are rapidly moving resources to groups on the ground that we know have the local relationships, credibility, and expertise necessary to respond to this crisis and, at the same time, move forward the urgent cause of decarceration. Many of our grantees are formerly incarcerated leaders, which is a shared priority in our grantmaking.
For COVID relief, we are looking for groups that:
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Thank you for generous giving through the Goodnation Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization. Below find instructions for completing your tax-deductible gift.
If you’re planning to contribute more than $10,000 we ask that you give via check, ACH, wire transfer or donor-advised fund to ensure your support avoids processing fees associated with credit card transactions.
Make your check payable to “The Goodnation Foundation” and please indicate "COVID-19 Criminal Justice Fund" in the memo. Mail your check to:
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