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Joyce Foundation Awards $10 million in Grants


12/13/2016

Contact:         Lilly Athamanah, lathamanah@joycefdn.org / 312-782-2464

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DECEMBER 13, 2016

CHICAGO – The Joyce Foundation has awarded more than $10 million in grants to support organizations advocating clean energy and energy efficiency policies in the Great Lakes region, help roll out a new data reporting system designed to strengthen teacher preparedness programs, and fund research and advocacy to advance common-sense gun violence prevention policies.

The Chicago-based foundation approved these and other investments at its December Board of Directors meeting, one of three grant making sessions held each year.

Joyce works with grantee partners to develop and advance evidence-based policy solutions to improve quality of life, promote community vitality, and strive for a fair society. It focuses much of its grant making on the Great Lakes region, and also partners with public agencies, advocates and other funders across the country to achieve broader impact.

Highlights of the December round of grant making include the following:

Education: $2.3 million total (11 grants)

Several Education Program grants focus on helping advocacy groups shape the state plans required under the Every Student Succeeds Act to ensure the plans’ top priorities include: teacher quality, the needs of low-income and minority students, and strong supports to schools. They include grants to Minnesota Comeback ($200,000, 1 year);  Migration Policy Institute ($120,000, 1 year); Students for Education Reform ($100,000, 1 year); and Educators for Excellence ($275,000, 1 year). Joyce also awarded a grant to Advance Illinois ($400,000, 2 years) to work with the Illinois State Board of Education to help roll out a new data reporting system aimed at strengthening teacher preparation programs.

Employment: $1.3 million (6 grants)

Employment Program grants reflect Joyce’s focus on building evidence about effective workforce policies and programs and sharing that evidence with federal and state policy makers and business groups to support change. The Business Roundtable ($500,000, 2 years) will support the work of the National Network of Business and Industry Associations in its work to build a unified business perspective on skills issues. Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Good Jobs LLC ($170,000, 1 year) will launch an initiative that aims to build on insights from Zeynep Ton’s book The Good Jobs Strategy to get more companies to provide good jobs to their employees as part of return-maximizing strategies.

Joint Fund for Education and Employment: $1.5 million (8 grants)

Chris Hulleman, a professor at the University of Virginia, was awarded a two-year, $540,000 grant to demonstrate how psychology-based “mindset” interventions can improve employment outcomes and increase student engagement. Mindset interventions use brief readings or reflections to change students’ mental disposition toward academic work, and can produce measurable improvement in academic outcomes.

Environment: $1.5 million (6 grants)

Several Environment Program grants will advance the goal of putting the Midwest on a path of accelerating reductions in power sector carbon dioxide emissions, by increasing use of energy efficiency alongside cleaner power generation. Fresh Energy of St. Paul, Minnesota ($300,000, 2 years) will work on Minnesota energy efficiency and carbon pollution policy. The Environmental Defense Fund, Inc. of New York ($700,000, 2 years) will advance energy efficiency, smart grid, and related clean energy policies in Illinois and Ohio. And the Illinois Environmental Council Education Fund ($180,000, 2 years) will continue energy efficiency and carbon pollution reduction education and organizing efforts.

Gun Violence Prevention: $1 million (6 grants)

Grants were awarded to organizations involved in research, coalition building and advocacy to reduce firearm violence. The Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence received a grant ($225,000, 1 year) for policy education and advocacy to reduce gun violence. The University of Chicago Crime Lab ($50,000, 1 year) will provide support to the City of Chicago to help produce a firearm tracing report, and provide ongoing analysis of crime data to inform gun violence prevention efforts.

Democracy: $1.3 million (10 grants)

Democracy Program grants support state-based advocacy efforts on democracy reforms in areas such as election administration, voting rights, redistricting, and judicial selection. The League of Women Voters of Ohio Education Fund ($160,000, 2 years) will continue advocacy and public education on democracy issues. The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Inc. ($100,000, 2 years) will build coalitions and public awareness to promote automatic voter registration. The William J. Brennan Center for Justice in New York ($400,000, 2 years) will provide research, technical assistance, and litigation support on voting rights, redistricting, and fair courts in the Great Lakes states.

Culture Program: $250,000 (5 grants)

The foundation awarded $250,000 (1 year, $50,000 each) to five collaborations between arts organizations and artists of color in Chicago, Cleveland, and the Twin Cities. The Joyce Awards support the creative development of artists of color and engagement of the communities in which commissioned works will be presented. Since the competition started in 2003, Joyce has awarded nearly $3 million to commission 55 new works.

Special Opportunities Program: $625,000 (4 grants)

The Special Opportunities Program supports important opportunities that span core Joyce grant programs. In Communications, Joyce awarded $75,000 for one year to Madison365.com, to support expansion of the media outlet’s daily online coverage of public affairs, business and culture for African Americans and Latinos. Madison365’s social media presence also provides a robust platform for conversations about issues affecting Wisconsin’s communities of color.



December 2016 Approved Grants

Culture

Free Street Theater Chicago, IL $50,000: To commission a new play, Meet Juan(ito) Doe, from playwright Ricardo Gamboa and an ensemble of Chicago Mexican-American writers and performers(1 year.)

Minnesota Center for Book Arts Minneapolis, MN $50,000: To commission a new work by Detroit-based printmaker Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr. (1 year.)

Old Town School of Folk Music Chicago, IL $50,000: To commission a new work and performance, Quantum Music/Englewood, from musicians Ernest Dawkins and Rahul Sharma $50,000 (1 yr)

The Cuyahoga Community College Foundation Cleveland, OH $50,000: To commission a jazz work by Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard $50,000 (1 year.)

The O'Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University St. Paul, MN $50,000: To commission choreographer Ananya Chatterjea and Ananya Dance Theater to create a new dance work, Shaatranga:  At the Edge of New Worlds $50,000 (1 year.)

Democracy

Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies Inc. Washington, DC $35,000: To conduct research related to the impact of alternative electoral systems on communities of color (1 year.)

League of Women Voters of Ohio Education Fund Columbus, OH $160,000: To continue advocacy and public education on voting rights, redistricting, and judicial selection as well as to support organizational development work in collaboration with the national League of Women Voters Education Fund (2 years.)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Political Science Cambridge, MA $200,000: To establish the MIT Election Data and Sciences Lab and produce a series of reports on the state of election administration in the Great Lakes states (2 years.)

Minnesota Civil Liberties Union Foundation St. Paul, MN $25,000: To manage the Restore the Vote Coalition in order to advance re-enfranchisement of former felons (1 year.)

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Inc. St. Paul, MN $100,000: For public education and coalition building to advance automatic voter registration (2 years.)

Minnesota Council on Foundations Minneapolis, MN $100,000: To promote awareness on democracy reforms and Census 2020/American Community Survey (2 years.)

New Venture Fund Washington, DC $60,000: For its program, the Ohio Transformation Fund, to host a convening of funders and grantees, develop a strategic plan, and support capacity building (2 years.)

Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement Denver, CO $30,000: To support a conference in Minnesota in 2017 and capacity building (2 years.)

State Voices Detroit, MI $150,000: For data services and technology to increase the effectiveness of policy advocacy by Illinois nonprofits through greater constituent mobilization and cross-organizational collaboration (2 years.)

William J. Brennan Jr. Center for Justice New York, NY $400,000: For research, technical assistance, and litigation on voting rights, redistricting, and fair courts in the Great Lakes states (2 years.)

Education

Advance Illinois Chicago, IL $400,000: To help the Illinois State Board of Education roll out a new data reporting and accountability system aimed at strengthening teacher preparation programs (2 years.)

Early Learning Indiana Indianapolis, IN $150,000: To build their policy capacity to advocate for quality preschool expansion and a stronger early childhood workforce in Indiana (1 year.)

Education Reform Now Inc Brooklyn, NY $100,000: To help launch a communications campaign to amplify the public profile of the non-profit and its leader, Shavar Jeffries, with an eye toward reshaping the national education reform discussion to help push policy reforms (1 year.)

Educators 4 Excellence New York, NY $275,000: To engage and mobilize teachers and elevate their voice in education policy conversations, especially around the Every Student Succeeds Act (1 year.)

Georgetown University Washington, DC $75,000: To Sustain and Inform National, State, and Local Policymakers' Commitment to Teacher Evaluation Reform (1 year.)

Migration Policy Institute Washington, DC $120,000: To work with advocacy groups in Illinois and Minnesota to ensure the needs of students who speak English as a second language are addressed in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) state plans (1 year.)

Minnesota Comeback Minneapolis, MN $200,000: To help incubate Ed Allies, a new education advocacy group that will focus on teacher quality reforms and helping shape the Every Student Succeeds Act state plan (1 year.)

Ounce of Prevention Fund Chicago, IL $500,000: To support state policy and advocacy on early childhood teacher quality issues, and to launch a new digital tool for family engagement to improve children's kindergarten readiness (2 years.)

Students for Education Reform New York, NY $50,000: To provide high-impact training to college students on education reform and education policy. Future funding is possible depending on SFER's impact (1 year.)

The Board of Trustees of Illinois State University Normal, IL $70,000: To fund its Center for the Study of Education Policy to guide the Illinois P-20 Council work on the Every Student Succeeds Act (6 months.)

The Regents of the University of California Santa Cruz, CA $400,000: To develop financing plans and policy recommendations in Indiana and Minnesota to guide state policy makers in the creation of a strong early childhood teacher workforce (2 years.)

Employment

Brandon Roberts + Associates Chevy Chase, MD $235,000: For continued funding of the Working Poor Families Project (1 year.)

Business Roundtable Washington, DC $500,000: For continued management of the National Network of Business and Industry Associations (National Network) (2 years.)

Good Jobs LLC ,  $170,000: To support the launch of a research and analysis initiative intended to expand the impact of the "Good Jobs Strategy" work of MIT Sloan business professor Zeynep Ton (1 year.)

Indiana Community Action Association Indianapolis, IN $100,000: For continued support of the Indiana Institute for Working Families and its Skills2Compete Coalition (1 year.)

National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies Washington, DC $225,000 To promote and support the creation and effective adoption of digital learning tools to help adults acquire essential basic skills  (1 year.)

National Skills Coalition Washington, DC $100,000: To oversee the programming and implementation of a national conference on apprenticeships $100,000 (1 year.)

Environment

Environmental Defence Canada Inc. Toronto, Ontario $50,000: To support its efforts to protect the Great Lakes and reduce nutrient loading in Western Lake Erie (1 year.)

Environmental Defense Fund Inc.New York, NY $700,000: To advance clean energy initiatives in the Midwest, particularly in Illinois and Ohio (2 years.)

Fresh Energy St. Paul, MN $300,000: To support the work on Minnesota energy efficiency and carbon pollution policy (2 years.)

Freshwater Future Petoskey, MI $154,000: To launch coordinated campaigns for a healthy Lake Erie in Ontario, Ohio, and Michigan (1 year.)

Illinois Environmental Council Education Fund Springfield, IL $180,000: For continued support of energy efficiency and carbon pollution reduction education and organizing efforts (2 years.)

Michigan United Conservation Clubs Lansing, MI $100,000: To support a broad coalition of user groups to build public will for environmental protection in Michigan and the Great Lakes region. (1 year.)

Gun Violence Prevention

Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence Chicago, IL $225,000: For policy education and advocacy to reduce gun violence in Illinois (1 year.)

Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence San Francisco, CA $250,000: For state policy analysis and litigation support to reduce gun violence (1 year.)

New Venture Fund Washington, DC $100,000: To support the Fund for a Safer Future (1 year.)

The Police Foundation Washington, DC $175,000: To support the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence (1 year.)

The University of Chicago Chicago, IL $50,000: For its Crime Lab to provide analytical support to the City of Chicago to produce a firearm tracing report and provide ongoing analysis of crime data to inform gun violence prevention efforts (1 year.)

Violence Policy Center Washington, DC $225,000: For research, public education, communications, and advocacy in support of effective gun violence prevention policies in the Midwest and across the nation (1 year.)

Incubator Fund

City of Chicago, Office of the Mayor Chicago, IL $125,000: To support two public safety staff positions focused on police reform and gun violence prevention (1 year.)

City of Minneapolis Police Department Minneapolis, MN $30,000: To support a community engagement and outreach partnership to address youth violence (1 year.)

Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence Washington, DC $50,000: To support the Virginia Gun Violence Prevention Action Network (1 year.)

Mikva Challenge Grant Foundation, Inc. Chicago, IL $50,000: To support the development of a police youth council in Chicago (1 year.)

New Venture Fund Washington, DC $50,000: To support the Black Civic Engagement Fund's Community Justice Reform Coalition (1 year.)

Race Forward New York, NY $25,000: For training and strategic coaching in racial equity for gun violence prevention advocates (1 year.)

Joint Fund for Education and Employment

CESA#1 Pewaukee, WI $300,000: To enable its Institute for Personalized Learning (IPL) to execute research and capacity-building in CESA#1 classrooms, schools and districts, with a focus on understanding the effectiveness of personalized learning, and the role personal success skills p (2 years.)

Forefront Chicago, IL $50,000: To launch and support the Partnership for College Completion, a newly-formed advocacy group seeking to expand college access and success for low-income students in Illinois (1 year.)

LEAP Innovations Chicago, IL $260,000: To evaluate its model for deploying whole-school personalized learning (2 years.)

Northern Illinois University Chicago, IL $110,000: To support planning and initial policy implementation activities related to the newly signed Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Act in Illinois (1 year.)

Students for Education Reform New York, NY $50,000: To Students for Education Reform (SFER) to provide high-impact training to college students on education policy and to advocate for reforms to the state's higher education remedial education policies (1 year.)

The Conference Board Inc. Arlington, VA $141,000: To test whether of pre-hire screening based on competency testing will simultaneously lead to higher-performing job applicants and expanded job access for low-income applicants (1 year.)

Thrive Chicago Chicago, IL $100,000: To advance its work on Chicago college completion efforts, the engagement of opportunity youth, and regional data sharing (1 year.)

University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA $540,000: To demonstrate how psychology-based "mindset" interventions, which change students' beliefs about learning and school, can improve employment outcomes and increase student engagement (2 years.)

Special Opportunities

3 yrs5 Media Foundation Inc. Madison, WI $75,000: To expand its daily online coverage of public affairs, business, and culture for Wisconsin's communities of color, and to leverage additional financial support as this start-up works toward a sustainable business model (1 year.)

Civic Nation Washington, DC $50,000: To conduct research on civic engagement as part of its We Will initiative (1 year.)

New York Public Radio New York, NY $150,000: For a yearlong series of stories on the nationwide news and talk show, The Takeaway, about the future of US postsecondary education and its ability to prepare students for the fast-evolving workforce (1 year.)

New York Public Radio New York, NY $350,000: For Season 2 of Radiolab Presents: More Perfect, establishing Joyce as lead philanthropic funder of this smart, engaging podcast about the US Supreme Court (1 year.)