Domestic Human Rights
In 2005, The Overbrook Foundation first funded organizations leading the U.S. focused human rights movement. As a founding partner of the U.S. Human Rights Fund, it responded to the growing interest among U.S.-based social justice organizations to use universal human rights standards and strategies to advance their advocacy. By invoking universal claims to dignity, equality and opportunity that go beyond civil rights protections found in the U.S. Constitution, human rights demands can empower vulnerable communities to define, lead and expand their own campaigns against injustice.
As a part of its current strategic review, the Foundation is exploring the possible evolution of this initiative toward a focus that supports organizations using human rights values, frames and organizing principles to challenge systems of mass criminalization and incarceration in this country. This focus will take lessons learned from the Foundation’s past human rights grantmaking and apply them to the important efforts challenging mass incarceration and criminalization.
This program remains in development. Grants included on this page are primarily renewal awards to current Overbrook domestic human rights grantees who work on these issues.
General Operating Support - $10,000 (second payment of a two-year grant)
The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (ACLU) will seek to contain and neutralize potential threats to civil liberties and rights proposed by the Trump administration. The ACLU anticipates defending the Constitution at every turn. In the immediate term, the ACLU will address threats against immigrants; women; the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community (LGBT); the First Amendment; and core civil rights.
Uniting Science and Law on Behalf of Justice: Policy Program - $40,000 (first payment of a two-year grant)
The Innocence Project (IP) is a national litigation and public policy organization that provides pro bono post-conviction legal assistance to the wrongfully convicted and works to reform the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.