The FreeHer Fund was established in 2020 in partnership between CJI and The National Council of Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls. The FreeHer Circle works to support grassroots organizing that is based on awareness of the current political environment’s hostility toward the rights of women and girls. To qualify, organizations must be led by women, girls, transgender, and nonconforming people who are directly impacted by the criminal legal system, and who work to restore or expand the rights of those who identify as women are currently and/or formerly incarcerated.
CJI Circle giving is explicitly inspired and designed to reflect a principle of philanthropy that values the role of those most affected by injustice as participants in generating solutions to the issues they face. The FreeHer Circle is comprised of donors, donor-activists and criminal justice activists who identify as women, who are committed to ensuring a meaningful and transformative change in the U.S. criminal justice system. Most members are directly impacted (ie, unjust/ wrongful conviction, family member imprisoned).
This year, CJI aims to grant at least $500,000 to grassroots organizations located nationwide. The deadline to apply is February 9th, 2021. Learn more and apply.