Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (New York, NY) – Project; New; $1,500,000 over 20 months; 100% of project budget For the California Policy Infrastructure project This grant request is to establish a $1.5 million fund to support education reform efforts in California. This flexible fund would take advantage of Rockefeller’s expertise in regranting and project management to leverage the current momentum for change as opportunities arise, such as the following possibilities: • Support for seven large California urban school districts to pursue timely reforms. Their federal Race to the Top application, which was ultimately unsuccessful, contains far-reaching reforms that the districts now seek to implement on their own) • Creation of a partnership of business, education, labor, and community groups that would implement a full-scale research, coalition building, and public engagement strategy to prompt reform of California’s complex finance system to better serve disadvantaged students. • Investment in a balanced "ecosystem" of organizations, to be selected by an expert advisory panel formed by Rockefeller, working to improve the conditions for education policymaking. Structured as a donor-advised fund, it would make regrants to high-performing, action-oriented advocacy and organizing groups, with remaining funds divided among organizations specializing in research, policy analysis, and information sharing.
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for Frontline Justice, an initiative of the Office of American Possibilities fund
Americans experience between 100 and 150 million new civil justice problems every year, but fewer than 10% of low-income Americans who need support with civil legal issues will even come close to being able to access a lawyer. Frontline Justice, an initiative of the Office of American Possibilities fund (a fiscally sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors) is a forthcoming national effort to solve this problem by supercharging the movement to reimagine who can provide legal advice in the first place. Specifically, Frontline Justice will serve as the national hub for Justice Navigators, a new category of legal helpers specifically trained to help people resolve legal challenges — and thereby revolutionize the way that Americans, especially those with low incomes, get legal support. The goal is to ensure that everyday Americans can regularly and reliably resolve their legal issues, including safe and secure housing, access to health care and education, the ability to care for loved ones, and the capacity to pursue dignified work — ideally before they ever set foot inside a courtroom. This grant supports the launch of the Frontline Justice initiative.
for the More Perfect initiative
More Perfect, a fiscally sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, is a historic alliance of all 14 presidential centers, the National Archives Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Karsh Institute of Democracy at the University of Virginia, and many other partner organizations — to align our country around a nonpartisan vision for a more effective and enduring democracy as we approach the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence and beyond.