Six Boston Nonprofits Get $1M to Protect, Boost Civil Liberties
April 6, 2017 The Barr Foundation, based in Boston, recently announced that it has awarded $1 million to six Boston nonprofits that are working with vulnerable communities, promoting human rights, and protecting civil liberties in the state through legal protection, community education and organizing, and public awareness efforts.
The Barr Foundation
said the grants are the first to advance the goal of protecting vulnerable communities and civil liberties.
"We are investing in the capacity of this outstanding group of partners to expand their impact at a critical time, when the demand for their services has appreciably increased," the foundation noted. Most of these grants offer unrestricted operating support, and all are multi-year grants to provide some ongoing stability when some of these organizations are experiencing a one-time influx of resources with uncertainty about the continuation of that support."
Receiving the grants were the following:
- GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders (GLAD): $225,000 to provide core support, payable over 36 months
- Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice (LCCR): $150,000 to provide legal protection and education for vulnerable communities and to build organizational capacity, payable over 36 months
- The Lenny Zakim Fund: $225,000 to provide financial support and technical assistance to grassroots organizations addressing social and economic injustice, payable over 36 months
- Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA): $120,000 to provide core support, payable over 36 months
- Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI): $180,000 to provide core support, payable over 36 months
- Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project (PAIR): $100,000 to provide core support, payable over 36 months
The grants were the first awarded this year related to a special initiative Barr has launched to bolster organizations capacity to respond to growing demand and to extend their reach.
The foundation said it partnered with The Klarman Family Foundation, The Hyams Foundation, and The Boston Foundation, all based in Boston, as well as through intermediaries and coalitions, to identify grant recipients.