Throughout its six years of grantmaking, Art for Justice Fund worked closely with its grantee partners, governing board, and evaluator Engage R+D to measure its impact. The information below comprises key metrics, policy wins, and lessons learned from A4J’s unique model of funding art and advocacy to transform the criminal legal system.

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A4J at a glance

  • $127M Total grantmaking
  • 450 Grants
  • 212 Grantees (130 organizations,
    82 individuals)
  • 38 Grantees received over
    $1M in funding

Impact in Priority States

This interactive map highlights a small sample of grantees from A4J’s five priority states: New York, California, Illinois, Ohio, and Michigan. The Fund also invested significantly in additional states, including Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Beyond funding state-based work, close to $70M was distributed to organizations and individuals working for national impact.

Jail & Prison Incarceration Rates in A4J Priority States (2016-2021)

Racial Inequality for African Americans in Prisons Compared to All (2021)

Priority states with change from 2016
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