We believe in the enduring power of art to call for change, to expose injustice, and to empower communities.

Agnes Gund is a philanthropist and art collector who is seeding the Art for Justice Fund by donating the proceeds from the sale of art in her collection, and encouraging other art patrons to do the same. The Ford Foundation has partnered with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) to manage the grantmaking of the fund.


The Ford Foundation is an independent, nonprofit grant-making organization that has for more than 80 years worked with courageous people on the frontlines of social change worldwide. Ford will provide programmatic expertise and cover operating costs of the Fund so that 100 percent of contributed funds are allocated directly to grants and program-related contracts.


Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) is one of the world’s largest philanthropic advisory services and has facilitated over $3 billion of giving in 50+ countries. RPA is providing programmatic, advisory and governance support to the Fund.

Founding Donor

"Collectors understand the transformative power of art. Now we can use specific works to improve lives and drive change."

— Agnes Gund

The Team

Programming Team

Helena Huang, Project Director, Art for Justice Fund

Ford Foundation
Tanya Coke, Director, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice
Margaret Morton, Director, Creativity and Free Expression

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
Le Anne Alexander, Senior Associate
Terrence Bogans, Advisor
Amy Holmes, Program Director

Governing Board

Agnes Gund, Chair
Melissa Berman, President and CEO, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
Catherine Gund, Film Director and Founder, Aubin Pictures
Ava DuVernay, Film Director and Founder, ARRAY
Sonia L. Lopez, Philanthropic Advisor, Office of Agnes Gund
Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation

Advisory Council

Elizabeth Alexander, President, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Michelle Alexander, Visiting Professor, Union Theological Seminary and Author, The New Jim Crow
Daryl Atkinson, Co-Director, Forward Justice
Danielle Allen, Director, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University and Author, Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A.
Dwayne Reginald Betts, Author, 2010 Soros Justice Fellow, 2011 Radcliffe Fellow
Susan Burton, Founder and Executive Director, A New Way of Life Reentry Project and Author, Becoming Mrs. Burton
Maria Gaspar, Visual Artist and Assistant Professor, The Art Institute of Chicago
Eric H. Holder, Partner, Covington and Burling and Former Attorney General of the United States
Jonathan Lippman, Former Chief Judge of the State of New York
Bill Moyers, Journalist and President of the Schumann Media Center
Luis J. Rodriguez, Co-founder and President of the Board, Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore and Author, Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A.
Jess Saalfield
Anna Deavere Smith, Playwright and Actor, Founding Director, Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue
Bryan Stevenson, Founder and Executive Director, Equal Justice Initiative and Author, Just Mercy
Heather Ann Thompson, Historian, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and Author, Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy
Anna Traggio
Jeremy Travis, Senior Vice President of Criminal Justice, Laura and John Arnold Foundation, Former President, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Read, Watch, Learn

Read, Watch, Learn

Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
The Half Has Never Been Told by Edward E. Baptist
Locking up Our Own by James Forman Jr.
The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois
Becoming Ms. Burton by Susan Burton & Cari Lynn
Orange is The New Black by Piper Kerman
13th (film) by Ava DuVernay
Ted Talk: We Need To Talk About an Injustice by Bryan Stevenson

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