Threshold Foundation 2011 Grants List

Justice and Democracy
Total Grants $347,675

Threshold Foundation’s Justice & Democracy Committee is a donor-based fund that seeks to ensure human rights for youth impacted by the criminal justice and drug policy systems, and political rights for those in historically disenfranchised communities.

The prison-industrial complex is a self-perpetuating system based on the subjugation of an increasing segment of our communities through racial and economic scapegoating. The economic angle of this is immediate, bottom line, material gain for the corporations supporting and profiting from the prison industrial complex.

The "war on drugs," rather than protecting youth, has resulted in the institutionalized persecution of Black, Latino and Native American young people. While more and more young men and women of color are being ushered into the criminal justice system under the guise of fighting drugs, resources for educating youth are diminishing and barriers to education restrict students with drug convictions from receiving higher education.

Threshold Foundation envisions an authentic participatory democracy through which social justice can be achieved, and believes that when engaged in the political decisions that affect their lives, ordinary people are central to making possible that change.


Bus Project

Bus Project is an innovative vehicle for hands-on democracy which tours the country in a bus, mobilizing voters and hosting forums about candidates and policy issues.

$36,150 - PolitiCorps project
Portland, OR |

Direct Action for Rights and Equality

Direct Action for Rights and Equality (DARE) is a multi-racial and multi-issue grassroots organization of low-income families primarily headed by single mothers. It organizes neighborhood residents through house meetings, community outreach, membership meetings and committee participation, and mobilizes its constituency through direct issue campaigns.

$26,075 - Behind the Walls program
Providence, RI |

Families United for Racial and Economic Equality

Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE) is a multiracial, woman led membership organization made up of low-income and no-income workers. FUREE works to organize low income families to build power to change the system so that all people's work is valued, and everyone can have the right and ecomonic means to decide and live out their destinies. The guiding principle behind FUREE is that those directly affected by the policies they are working to change should lead the organization.

$31,075 - Voter Engagement for Empowerment project
Brooklyn, NY |

Federation of Child Care Centers of Alabama

Federation of Child Care Centers of Alabama (FOCAL) believes that there is Black leadership in Alabama. That with fundamental resources, Black leaders can organize themselves, educate themselves, and work together at all levels in the community for the positive development of African Americans. FOCAL believes that low-income people do have a very real interest in their community and in community improvement and that they can and should make decisions about programs that affect their community and their personal lives. FOCAL believes the overriding goal of any program aimed at improving living conditions in the low-income community must be one that builds and strengthens the capacity of low-income people to manage and control their own resources.

$43,075 - Communities Act to Create Hope Citizen Engagement program
Montgomery, AL |

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) works to educate the public, the media, and policy makers about the failure of current drug policy by presenting a true picture of the history, causes and effects of drug abuse and the crimes related to drug prohibition. LEAP's speakers bureau is staffed with knowledgeable and articulate former drug-warriors who describe the impact of current drug policies on: police/community relations; the safety of law enforcement officers and suspects; police corruption and misconduct; and the financial and human costs associated with current drug policies. LEAP's goal is to restore the public's respect for law enforcement and to reduce the multitude of harms resulting from fighting the war on drugs as well as minimize the incidents of death, disease, crime and addiction by ultimately ending drug prohibition.

$31,075 - General Support
Medford, MA |

Lineage Project

Lineage Project's mission is to support at-risk and incarcerated youth by offering awareness-based practices, such as meditation and yoga, as tools to develop the mind, body, and heart. The primary focus of the organization has been inside locked detention facilities working each week with over 150 boys and girls age 12-17 as well as staff and guards. Through meditation, yoga and story-telling they address issues such as anger management, stress reduction, and deeper issues such as forgiveness and the search for meaning.

$10,850 - General Support
New York, NY |

Mississippi Coalition for the Prevention of Schoolhouse to Jailhouse

Mississippi Coalition for the Prevention of Schoolhouse to Jailhouse is an intergenerational alliance of more than 65 statewide and local organizations formed in 2003 across traditional barriers of race and class to dismantle the pipeline from schoolhouse to jailhouse and promote positive behavior intervention strategies to keep students in school. The Coalition crafted the Juvenile Justice Reform Acts of 2004 and 2005 adopted by the legislature to eliminate the abuse of incarcerated children, to enforce the rights of incarcerated children to a public education, and to promote community-based alternatives to incarceration of children at facilities far from their families.

$34,075 - General Support
Lexington, MS

New Era Colorado Foundation

New Era Colorado is a multi-issue organization committed to engaging, educating, and training a new generation of active citizens and young leaders in Colorado. It is a full-spectrum civic engagement organization, in that it provides the resources and tools for young people to gain collective power in all levels of the democratic process, including issue organizing, electoral organizing, and the legislative process.

$41,075 - General Support
Denver, CO |

North Carolina Latino Coalition

North Carolina Latino Coalition (NCLC) is a statewide network of organizations that works to coalesce, train, and organize the low income Latinos of North Carolina. The organization works across religious, racial, ethnic, class, and neighborhood lines for the public good. Its primary goal is to develop local leadership, institutional capacity, and organized power to fight for social justice. Member organizations have access to organizing technical assistance and leadership development trainings aimed to building their organizing capacity.

$36,075 – General Support
Durham, NC

Students for a Sensible Drug Policy Foundation

Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSFP) is committed to providing education on harms caused by the War on Drugs, working to involve youth in the political process, and promoting an open, honest, and rational discussion of alternative solutions to our nation's drug problems. Currently, it has chapters on 160 college, university and high school campuses with 300 new chapters forming this fall. SSDP's national agenda includes: The Higher Education Act (HEA) Education Campaign; Criminal Justice Spending vs. Higher Education Spending; and the U.S. involvement in the Colombian civil war.

$27,075 - General Support
Washington, DC |

Youth Art and Self-Empowerment Project

Youth Art and Self-Empowerment Project (YASP) is building a youth-led movement to stop the increase in the incarceration rate of youth by ending the practice of automatically trying and incarcerating young people as adults. Through its work in the Philadelphia jails, YASP provides space for incarcerated young people to express themselves creatively and to develop as leaders both within and beyond the prison walls. Young people who have been through the adult court system are at the forefront of YASP, leading the movement to keep teenagers out of adult prisons and to create new possibilities for youth around the city.

$31,075 - General Support
Philadelphia, PA |

Sustainable Planet Committee
Total Grants $416,074

How do we meet the needs of people now without compromising the needs of future generations? How do we bring all human activities into harmony with nature for the benefit of all beings? To face these questions, we must transform both human culture and technology to live within the physical limits of the local and global ecosystems. Most urgently, this implies protecting threatened ecosystems to preserve biodiversity and prevent extinction. This in turn will require addressing global ecological issues such as climate change, empowering local and indigenous communities and deploying new clean technologies.


African Rainforest Conservancy

African Rainforest Conservancy (ARC) conserves and restores African rainforests – among the oldest and most biodiverse in the world – through grassroots conservation and community development. ARC believes that by providing new economic and educational opportunities, local people are empowered to preserve their natural heritage for future generations.

$23,500 - CREATE program: Conservation of Ruvu South through Education, Advocacy, Tree planting and the Elimination of poverty
New York, NY |

Alliance for Sustainable Colorado

The mission of Alliance for Sustainable Colorado is to achieve environmental, economic and social sustainability in Colorado through building broad support among individuals, nonprofit organizations, businesses and government. The Alliance facilitates relationships and common goals and agendas among these groups to unify support behind jointly backed policy initiatives that consider long-term impacts. It provides the nucleus for a statewide sustainability movement for Colorado and a model for sustainability movements in other states.

$26,000 - General Support
Denver, CO |

California Climate and Agriculture Network

California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN) is a coalition that advances policy solutions at the nexus of climate change and sustainable agriculture. Its program areas include farmer education and outreach, network building, and policy initiatives.

$29,500 - General Support
Sebastopol, CA |

Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund

Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) was founded to provide free and affordable legal and organizing assistance to grassroots, community-based organizations working to protect their quality of life through protecting the natural environment, building sustainable communities, and asserting local control over corporations. CELDF's four program areas are focused on assisting local communities across the United States to litigate environmental cases without legal counsel, to incorporate and gain federal tax exempt status, to build sustainable communities, to work with local officials to adopt ordinances that protect the environment and assert community control over corporations, and to provide direct litigation on their behalf.

$20,000 - Community Water Project
Chambersburg, PA |

Defensa y Conservación Ecológica de Intag

Defensa y Conservación Ecológica de Intag (DECOIN) works to involve local people in environmental conservation measures and to stop extractive industry projects (mining), promote sustainable economic alternatives, and to educate the local population on the importance of natural resource conservation.

$17,000 - continued work to conserve the Intag area's biological diversity, water resources, and forests, defend community, human, and environmental rights, and promote environmentally sustainable and socially just economic activities
Imbabura, ECUADOR |

Earth Economics

Earth Economics is devoted to advancing and applying the science of ecological economics to promote healthy ecosystems, communities, and economies, while also working to halt the globalization of unsustainable economic policies. Focusing on the areas of toxics, forests, fisheries, and global trade policies, they achieve their goals through organization, education, and advocacy.

$5,000 - To print and disseminate the report on the Intag region of Ecuador
Tacoma, WA |


Earthworks is dedicated to protecting communities and the environment from the destructive impacts of mineral development, in the U.S. and worldwide. It fulfills its mission by working with communities and grassroots groups to reform government policies, improve corporate practices, influence investment decisions and encourage responsible materials sourcing and consumption.

$45,000 - Oil and Gas Accountability Project
Washington, DC |

Fundación Casa Palabra y Pueblo

Periodico INTAG is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of communities in Intag, the subtropical region of Cotacachi County, Ecuador, through promoting conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources via economic activities compatible with these goals. It is a grassroots organization that also promotes gender and ethnic equality and fair trade through information and educational activities.

$6,000 - Continued work of Periódico INTAG to improve access to communication and information for all residents of Intag's communities
Otavalo, ECUADOR |

Global Cooling

Global Cooling is a nonprofit led by Dr. John Latham and other renowned scientists working to stall global warming by researching, developing, and rapidly deploying technology to increase the reflectivity of maritime clouds, thus cooling the planet and providing more time to develop and globally apply cleaner methods of meeting our population's energy needs.

$19,000 - Global Cooling's support of Dr. John Latham's travel related to research and presentations on marine cloud brightening
Boulder, CO |

JOBS Project

JOBS Project is a catalyst for sustainable economic diversification in Central Appalachia, creating replicable, locally-owned institutions that capitalize on renewable energy resources. It serves the communities in Central Appalachia who have provided the nation with energy for generations. It promotes renewable energy as a way to create long-term, good paying jobs. It aims to make good use of federal and state incentives by offering rural landowners the chance to participate in the development of renewable energy projects beginning in 2010. To prepare the workforce for jobs in renewable energy, it works with educators to “turn their school into a tool” for learning about technological innovation and 21st century skills.

$30,574 - General Support
Williamson, WV |

Kids vs. Global Warming

Kids vs. Global Warming (KvGW) is a youth-led, nonprofit organization committed to empowering youth to lead the way to a sustainable and just society. Its projects include presentations and action teams, community activism, the Declaration of Independence, and C3Y. One of its projects, the iMatter Campaign, mobilizes a network of young activists who compel action on climate change through a moral appeal: to live and lead as their future matters.

$18,000 - General Support
Oak View, CA |

Peaceful Uprising

Peaceful Uprising is committed to defending a livable future through empowering nonviolent action. Its focus is on changing the institutional and social status quo at the root of the climate crisis, and move toward a just and healthy world. By increasing awareness about the realities of climate change, it seeks to bring the issue to the forefront of the public forum and secure, through nonviolent means necessary, the attention that the climate crisis deserves and requires.

$33,500 - General Support
Salt Lake City, UT |

Rainforest Action Network

Rainforest Action Network (RAN) campaigns for the forests, their inhabitants and the natural systems that sustain life by transforming the global marketplace through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action.

$23,000 - Coal Finance Campaign
San Francisco, CA |

Rainforest Conservation Fund

Rainforest Conservation Fund (RCF) is an all-volunteer organization whose mission is to ensure the future of tropical rainforests through practical solutions and with respectful commitment to local people. RCF’s primary work is in and around the 1,000,000 acre Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Communal Conservation Area (ACRCTT) in the Amazon basin of northeastern Peru. It works with local people and governments to promote conservation and provide alternatives to environmentally destructive practices.

$29,000 - Maijuna Project
Chicago, IL |


The mission of RAVEN is to assist Aboriginal peoples within Canada in protecting or restoring their traditional lands and resources and addressing critical environmental challenges such as global warming by strategically enforcing their Constitutional rights through the courts in response to unsustainable settlement or industrial exploitation supported by the State. RAVEN was formed out of the perceived need to redress the balance when it comes to obtaining justice in the courts for Canada's native people. Native leaders, advocates and their legal teams face impossible odds when going against the established interests of large corporations and governments in order to protect their right and lands. The struggles worldwide for the rights of indigenous peoples are frequently closely related to the effort to prevent environmental degradation through inappropriate industrial development. By obtaining financial support for these inter-mixed native rights and environmental causes it hopes to bring balance into the game.

$40,000 - To support Canada's First Nations people to defend their homelands and traditional ways of life against environmentally destructive industrial development
Victoria, British Columbia CANADA |

Taxpayers for Common Sense Action

Taxpayers for Common Sense Action seeks to achieve a government that spends federal taxpayer dollars responsibly by educating the public and holding Congress and policymakers accountable.

$51,000 - Ending High-Carbon Subsidies project
Washington, DC |

Election Integrity
Total Grants $174,768

The Election Integrity Funding Circle seeks to ensure that every American can vote, that votes will be counted as cast, and works to eliminate voter suppression and barriers to voting.

This funding circle’s 2011-2012 grantmaking directly grows out of funding done in previous years through Threshold’s Democracy Committee, and targets specific efforts to protect the democratic process from threats of election manipulation and fraud. Projects funded will address the following issues: whistle blower protection; citizen exit polls to engage civic participation; and meaningful prosecution of election fraud crimes.


Columbus Institute for Contemporary Journalism

Columbus Institute for Contemporary Journalism is dedicated to promoting media independence through alternative and diverse voices. Its outlets are the internet, a bimonthly journal, book publishing, radio programs and video production.

$39,056 - the investigation, litigation and deposition of Jeff Averbeck and/or his agents at Smart Tech and Air Net and state-wide election integrity efforts to expose the problems and irregularities with electronic voting in the State of Ohio and to disseminate the findings through a variety of media and written material.
Columbus, OH |

Election Transparency Coalition

Election Transparency Coalition is dedicated to educating and organizing the citizens of New York State and beyond, to maintain, and when necessary, restore citizen oversight and public control of its elections.

$16,904 - Election Transparency Coalition's lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of concealed vote-counting and public advocacy work supporting the goals of the litigation
Staatsburg, NY |

Velvet Revolution

Velvet Revolution (VR) is a 501(c)4 organization founded for the purpose of providing a means for citizens and organizations to mobilize to create a clean, transparent and accountable government. Specifically, VR began around the issue of election fraud during the 2004 election, and it expanded later into media reform, war resolution and government accountability. Its major focus is exposing and correcting problems with electronic voting machines and their tabulators. VR was co-founded by Justice Through Music and The Brad Blog, and it is a 501(c)4 activist, education and lobbying organization.

$60,904 - Election Protection and Campaign Accountability Watch
Washington, DC |

Verified Voting Foundation

Verified Voting Foundation (VVF) is a non-partisan nonprofit organization championing transparent, reliable and publicly verifiable elections. Its goal is to enable voters to have unqualified and justified confidence in election results.

$57,904 - Joint project with Common Cause Education Fund to challenge internet voting and protect elections.
Carlsbad, CA |

Queer Youth Fund
Total Grants $130,246

Through this funding collaborative, a diverse donor and activist committee makes multi-year, $100,000 grants to grassroots, local, state or national nonprofit organizations located anywhere in the United States working to improve the quality of life among gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (GLBTQQ) youth.

The Queer Youth Fund awards grants to innovative and effective leadership development programs or organizing projects that empower GLBTQQ youth to improve societal conditions that affect them and that make a long-term difference to their movement.


Liberty Hill Foundation

Liberty Hill Foundation partners with innovative and effective Los Angeles grassroots organizations to combat poverty and injustice, and help transform the City of Angels into a place that promises safety, equality and opportunity for everyone who lives here.

$130,246 - Queer Youth Fund
Santa Monica, CA |

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