Human Rights Grants Awarded at March Board Meeting!

On March 6, 2013, The Overbrook Foundation’s Board of Directors met and voted to award 14 grants through its Human Rights Program.  With these grants, the Foundation recognized organizations effectively building a domestic human rights movement, advocating for reproductive justice, advancing marriage equality for same-sex couples and promoting media reform.  On the international side, the Foundation's Human Rights program will continue supporting organizations defending human rights defenders and advancing gender rights in Latin America.  In all, $727,500 in human rights grants was approved at the meeting.

Over the next year, three organizations building a domestic human rights movement will receive Overbrook grants.  ACLU’s Human Rights Program will receive a renewal of $60,000.  The Innocence Project will receive a grant of $70,000 over two years for its work exonerating those who have been wrongfully convicted and advancing important reforms to the United States’ criminal justice system to prevent wrongful convictions.   Public Interest Project’s new Sunrise Initiative for Human Rights in the U.S. will receive a grant of $150,000.   As the successor to the US Human Rights Fund, this new donor collaborative will be critical in supporting the organizations building a domestic human rights movement, particularly those working on issues relating to the intersection of immigration enforcement and the criminal justice system.

Marriage equality for same-sex couples, the central focus of the Foundation’s support for domestic LGBTQ rights, will be advanced through three grants awarded this month.  The Foundation will award $87,500 over two years to Freedom to Marry and $105,000 over two years to Lambda Legal.  Additionally, a grant of $100,000 will be awarded to the Proteus Fund’s Civil Marriage Collaborative.  Given this year’s momentum in the campaign for marriage equality, the Foundation is pleased to renew support to these organizations for this important work.

The Center for Reproductive Rights will receive $140,000 over two years for its U.S. program and its Latin America program.  In both regions, the Center continues to advance reproductive rights and access to reproductive healthcare for all women, particularly young women, low-income women and women who belong to marginalized communities that are most at risk from reproductive rights violations and restrictions across the Americas.

Through the Foundation’s media portfolio,  Overbrook will award grants to Free Press and New America Media.  Free Press will receive $90,000 over two years in general support. New America Media will be awarded a grant of $30,000 for its project sponsoring ethnic media’s coverage of the stories of immigrant women.

Four grants (a total of $130,000 in March 2013) will be awarded to organizations defending human rights defenders in Latin America.  The Committee to Protect Journalists will receive $25,000 to defend frontline journalists in Mexico.  $25,000 will be given to the Environmental Defender Law Center for general support of its work in Latin America.  Human Rights Watch will continue to combat human rights abuses in Mexico over the next two years with the help of an Overbrook grant of $90,000.  And finally, a renewal grant of $35,000 will support the Indian Law Resource Center’s project to defend the natural land and resource rights of the Maya Q’eqchi’ and the safety of local activists fighting for these rights.

Finally, International Planned Parenthood/Western Hemisphere Region will receive a grant of $30,000 in support of its work promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights in Latin America.

Congratulations to these grantee partners! The Foundation is pleased to renew its support to these organizations as they continue to advance critical human rights in the U.S. and Latin America.