NYJJI Giving Policy

NYJJI does not solicit proposals.

If NYJJI receives a proposal that falls within its mission, NYJJI leadership will send the proposal to all NYJJI members, for their information, in case they are interested in supporting the proposed project and/or organization.  If an NYJJI member is interested in contributing support, they can then make a grant directly to the organization that is requesting funds.

Similarly, if an NYJJI member is supporting an organization and/or project and would like to invite other NYJJI members to fund the organization and/or project as well, the NYJJI member can request that the proposal be circulated to the NYJJI membership for consideration.

As a rule, NYJII funds collected from its members will be used only for its own programs and activities, and will not be used to support organizations and/or projects.  However, there may be two exceptions:

1)      If NYJJI has a budget surplus NYJJI may decide as a group collectively to use all or a portion of its surplus to support an organization and/or project, or

2)      If a subset of members decide that it is more convenient to pool their resources and use the NYJJI vehicle as a funding mechanism to fund a discrete project.

Both exceptions must be approved by a simple majority of the NYJJI executive committee.

For instructions on how and to whom (approved) contributions can be made for NYJJI please contact the NYJJI Coordinator

NYJJI Coordinator: Justine Gonzalez JustineG88@gmail.com


NYJJI Highlights

In December of 2013, NYJJI gave donations to Literacy for Incarcerated Teens which has an ongoing book drive to supply under-resourced libraries in facilities that are part of New York’s Close To Home initiative. This important endeavor merges our commitment to encourage a love of learning, the desire for self growth and critical reflection on the part of young people with our support for the Close to Home initiative. We at NYJJI are committed to the idea that even our most at-risk and disempowered youth can transform themselves. We strive to create a space for this self-transformation, as we support advocacy efforts to build a more constructive policy environment through initiatives like Close to Home

In October, NYJJI  commissioned research by Dr. Jeffrey Butts of John Jay College of Criminal Justice and John K. Roman from the Urban Institute to 1) identify the long-term costs and benefits – over time– of shifting court caseloads and youth placed in supervision programs and placement settings from criminal court to family court systems; and to 2) explore the actual experiences of other states for comparison purposes.  The deliverables of this project will be a written policy brief and a slide presentation of the highlights and conclusions from this research project.  This information will be used by the Raise The Age New York campaign and others interested in comprehensive juvenile justice reform. We are happy to support this effort, and believe that by joining the academic and research communities with the arena of advocacy and the foundation world, we can leverage important NYC assets towards creating a more just world for our most at risk young people.

NYJJI released a grant in February of 2013 to the National Black Theater in Harlem so that the Center for NuLeadership on Urban Solutions and the Correctional Association could bring court-involved youth to the performances of Bryonn Bain’s one-man show “Lyrics from Lockdown” produced by Harry and Gina Belafonte. This was a truly profound experience for all involved. We helped to bring justice-involved youth to the performances, exposing them to a medium of art they rarely enjoyed in the past. The experience stimulated a critical process in reflection and exchange of ideas on the relationship between the criminal justice system and communities of color (particularly youth of color) that all participants found engaging,  meaningful and insightful.


Members Highlights

  • In June of 2013 The Tow Foundation made a grant to the Westchester Children’s Association (WCA) for their advocacy work around Raise the Age. To learn more about WCA click here
  • Over the course of 2013 Jackie Mann, President of the Elias Foundation, has told us of her foundation’s grant making:
    • Limited secure detention:  In March, Children’s Village will be opening limited secure detention facilities in Staten Island and on our Dobbs Ferry campus. These are also part of the effort to care for youth close to their families and homes.
    • Multisystemic Therapy (MST): intense short-term family support that significantly decreases incarceration, psychiatric hospitalization, and recidivism among juvenile justice youth
    • Non-secure detention: Facility on the Dobbs Ferry campus that serves juvenile justice youth from Westchester County;
    • Young Adult Justice Program in Harlem:  helps court-involved young adults develop a career readiness portfolio, engage in restorative justice projects, and pursue academic and employment opportunities;
    • ARCHES Mentoring Program: works with young adults in the Bronx, using the Interactive Journaling curriculum and individual and group meetings.
  • Dr. Cavin Leeman, president of The Stephen and May Cavin Leeman Foundation has told us of the following grants for 2013:
    • In February  The Stephen and May Cavin Leeman Foundation gave Children of Promise NYC $ 5,000 for mental health services, and other direct services, to children of incarcerated parents
    • Also in February The Stephen and May Cavin Leeman Foundation gave New York Center for Juvenile Justice $1,000 for advocacy for juvenile justice reform in NYS, with an emphasis on raising the age of criminal responsibility
    • In May The Stephen and May Cavin Leeman Foundation gave The Andrew Glover Youth Program $15,000 for alternatives to incarceration for court-involved youths, and preventive services for at-risk youths

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