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Heising-Simons Foundation Grantees Awarded MacKenzie Scott Large Grants

Photo collage of people from grantees Tandem, Partners in Early Learning, Urban Peace Movement, and more.

Several grantees of the Heising-Simons Foundation have been awarded unrestricted grants in the $1-2 million range for “outstanding work advancing the voices and opportunities of individuals and families of meager or modest means, and groups who have met with discrimination and other systemic obstacles,” Yield Giving announced this week. Our grantees join a total pool of 361 community-led nonprofit recipients.

Yield Giving is the philanthropic organization established by MacKenzie Scott in 2022. Last year, the organization partnered with Lever for Change to conduct an “open call” for proposals, drawing over 6,000 applications. Awardees were selected based on feedback from peer organizations, as well as an external evaluation panel. The 361 organizations received a total of $640 million in funding.

Read the full announcement here and learn more about the Heising-Simons grantees that received funds below:

Grantee Organization’s Mission
Child Care Law Center “We educate, advocate, and litigate to make child care a civil right.”
Critical Resistance “Critical Resistance seeks to build an international movement to end the prison industrial complex (PIC) by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe.”
CURYJ – Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice “Since 2011, CURYJ has been building community and mobilizing young leaders in the movement to end youth criminalization and mass incarceration.”
Detroit Justice Center “The Detroit Justice Center is a non-profit law firm working alongside communities to create economic opportunities, transform the justice system, and promote equitable and just cities.”
Ella Baker Center for Human Rights “Named after civil rights hero Ella Baker, we organize with Black, Brown, and low-income people to build power and prosperity in our communities.”
Initiate Justice “Initiate Justice has an inside-outside strategy where we prioritize organizing people directly impacted by incarceration, inside and outside prison walls.”
Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability “Leadership Counsel (for Justice and Accountability) fundamentally aims to shift the dynamics that have created the stark inequality that impacts California’s low-income, rural regions.”
San Jose Grail Family Services “Grail Family Services partners with families, schools, and communities to promote children’s success and well-being.”
Tandem, Partners in Early Learning “Our mission is to co-create equitable, high-quality early learning experiences.”
The Campaign for Fair Sentencing of Youth “The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth (CFSY) is a national nonprofit that leads efforts to ban juvenile life without parole and other extreme sentences for children.”
UnCommon Law “UnCommon Law supports people navigating California’s discretionary parole process through trauma-informed legal representation, mental health counseling, legislative and policy advocacy, and in-prison programming led by those who have been through the process themselves.”
Urban Peace Movement  “Urban Peace Movement builds youth leadership in Oakland to transform the culture and social conditions that lead to community violence & mass incarceration in communities of color.”
Women on the Rise “Women on the Rise is a membership-based organization led by a diverse sisterhood of Black women who are impacted by the legal system.”
Youth ALIVE! “Our Mission: To break the cycle of violence and uplift a thriving community of leaders rooted in Oakland and beyond through prevention, intervention, healing and advocacy.”


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