Threshold Foundation 2013 Grants List

Justice and Democracy
Total Grants $376,000

Threshold Foundation’s Justice & Democracy Committee is a donor-based fund with a two-fold focus for 2013 grants cycle:

(1) Incarceration Reform- We support organizations working to protect the rights of incarcerated, formerly incarcerated, and convicted people and their families, inside and outside of prison.

We fund organizations aimed at reforming the criminal justice system either directly through civic action and legislative initiatives or through the development and implementation of re-entry and rehabilitation programs and alternatives to incarceration. This includes organizations working to reform policies that negatively impact youth (for example, harsh juvenile sentencing and systems enabling a “school to prison pipeline”).

(2) Civic Participation -We support organizations aimed at expanding political awareness, rights and participation for those who live in current and historically disenfranchised communities.

We fund organizations incorporating a sustainable, bottom-up model of electoral power-building led by and for underrepresented constituencies. Core strategies include leadership development, community organizing, coalition building, and campaign finance reform.


All of Us or None - Los Angeles

All of Us or None is a national organizing initiative that seeks to build a movement to win full restoration of the human and civil rights of people with past convictions. Co-founded in 2003, All of Us or None gives collective voice to people with criminal records in the policies that affect them. A New Way of Life is the convener and coordinator of All of Us or None’s Los Angeles chapter.

$18,000 - All of Us or None - Los Angeles' general support
Los Angeles, CA |

American Indian Prison Project Working Group

American Indian Prison Project Working Group works to empower American Indian and Alaska Native communities with the skills and resources to significantly reduce the detainment and incarceration rate of youth and adult tribal members in federal, state and tribal prisons.

$18,000 - American Indian/Alaska Native - Alternatives to Detention program
St. Paul, MN

Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice

The mission of Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ, pronounced courage) is to interrupt the cycles of violence and poverty by motivating and empowering young people that have been impacted directly and indirectly by the criminal justice system to make positive changes in their lives and prepare them to become the community leaders of today.

$18,000 - General Support
Oakland, CA |

Homies Unidos

Homies Unidos is a nonprofit gang violence prevention and intervention organization. Its mission is to provide youth and communities positive and productive opportunities that permit the reduction and prevention of violence and allow for personal growth. It is a community-based organization committed to developing creative alternative to violence and drugs through access to alternative education, leadership development, self-esteem building, and health education programs. These include: Violence Prevention and Intervention, Strengthening Families, Alternative Education, Arts Program, and a Health Care Education Referral Program.

$18,000 - General Support
Los Angeles, CA |

La Plazita

La Plazita is a non-profit grassroots organization in Albuquerque, NM. La Plazita engages New Mexico’s youth, elders and communities in a comprehensive, holistic and cultural approach. Designed around the philosophy of La Cultura Cura or culture heals, La Plazita’s programs engage New Mexico’s youth, elders and communities to draw from their own roots and histories to express core traditional values of respect, honor, love, and family. It supports them in leaving behind violence and a destructive lifestyle.

$100,000 - General Support
Albuquerque, NM |

NC A Philip Randolph Institute

The mission of the North Carolina A. Philip Randolph Institute is to improve the quality of life for economically disadvantaged families by providing the necessary resources that improve their standard of living, foster self improvement, self empowerment and self sufficiency. The agency is dedicated to those disenfranchised by situation, circumstance or indifference.

$18,000 - General Support
Raleigh, NC

Rescue, Release and Restore, Inc.

By rescuing gifts, releasing potential and restoring the promise of our youth within their communities, Rescue, Release and Restore's mission transforms the self worth and empowers at risk youth through leadership training, artistic expression and mentorship. It aims to establish a year-round camp facility under RRR’s leadership to help youth and youth-based organizations replicate and sustain the RRR philosophy.

$18,000 - General Support
Riverdale, IL |

Union of Minority Neighborhoods

Union of Minority Neighborhoods works across Boston and across Massachusetts to ensure that communities of color can effectively organize around the issues facing them. UMN trains and empowers people of color to address the problems in their neighborhoods, in their regions, and in their country, and to work successfully for change.

$18,000 - General Support
Jamaica Plain, MA |

Western Native Voice

Western Native Voice (WNV) is a community-based, civic engagement organization committed to the empowerment of Native Americans. WNV employs grassroots organizing principles to register and mobilize voters. Complementing this effort is WNV's Native American leadership development program which trains Native political candidates and educates young people in political leadership skills. Western Native Voice’s major objectives are to identify, register, and turnout progressive Native voters and to identify, train, and support progressive Native American leaders for public service and for appointments to boards, commissions, and other state and local positions.

$100,000 - General Support
Billings, MT |

Women on the Rise Telling Her Story

Women on the Rise Telling Her Story (WORTH) is an association of currently and formerly incarcerated women who have been empowered by their own experiences. Through leadership development, organizing, mentoring, mutual support and telling their stories, WORTH transforms the lives of women affected by incarceration and changes public perception and policy.

$100,000 - General Support
New York, NY |

Sustainable Planet Committee
Total Grants $395,000

Threshold's Sustainable Planet Committee supports organizations and programs that focus on ensuring the long-term healthy functioning of our planet and the maintenance of its biodiversity.

In discussing "sustainability," we take a two-pronged approach. A sustainable planet:

  • Meets the needs of people now without compromising the needs of future generations.
  • Brings human activities into harmony with nature for the benefit of all beings.

This implies transforming human activity, culture and technology to live within the physical limits of local and global ecosystems, and protecting threatened ecosystems and species.

Our grants address global ecological issues such as climate change, habitat destruction, water quality and supply, and biodiversity conservation.

They contribute to: empowering local and indigenous communities, creating strong energy policies, deploying new clean technologies, and developing effective communication strategies and messages that increase support for protecting and enhancing the natural environment at local, regional and global levels.

We often support organizations and programs that have been neglected by other funders for a variety of reasons. That is, we encourage creative and innovative solutions for resolving the environmental crises that threaten life on Earth.


Bonobo Conservation Initiative

Bonobo Conservation Initiative (BCI) is dedicated to ensuring the survival of the bonobo (Pan paniscus) and its tropical forest habitat in the Congo Basin. By working with indigenous Congolese people through cooperative conservation and community development programs, as well as on the national and international levels, BCI is establishing new protected areas and leading efforts to safeguard bonobos wherever they are found.

$33,000 - General Support
Washington, DC |

Borealis Eco Strategies

Borealis Eco Strategies, with its partner entity Borealis Centre for Environment and Trade Research in Canada, is a leading international research organization for the non-profit sector focusing on environmental impacts through the chain of production, as well as financial and political mechanisms. Borealis provides research and related services to NGOs, with emphasis on unique trade flow and chain of custody research, environmental impact research, markets analysis and many other areas of information gathering and dissemination primarily for the non-profit sector.

$33,000 - General Support
Sointula, CANADA |


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.

$27,000 - Oil and Gas Accountability Project
Washington, DC |

Institute for Local Self-Reliance

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s (ILSR) mission is to provide innovative strategies, working models and timely information to support environmentally sound and equitable community development. To this end, ILSR works with citizens, activists, policymakers and entrepreneurs to design systems, policies and enterprises that meet local or regional needs; to maximize human, material, natural and financial resources; and to ensure that the benefits of these systems and resources accrue to all local citizens.

$33,000 - Waste to Wealth Program
Washington, DC |

International Funders for Indigenous People

Established in 1999, International Funders for Indigenous People (IFIP) was formed to provide a voice within Council on Foundations for increased, dedicated funding for international Indigenous initiatives, and a venue for communications and resource sharing among international funders of Indigenous peoples. IFIP serves as a clearinghouse for information through which donors can support marginalized communities in need of funding for their development projects.

$12,000 - General Support
San Francisco, CA |'s vision is a sustainable, inclusive and equitable India, built and maintained through the democratic power of an engaged citizenry. It envisions a day where Indians of every caste, religion, geography, gender, and sexual orientation seamlessly band together, holding all public decision makers accountable to the common good. Its mission is to empower all Indian citizens who share these values to combine their voice, resources and talents, so that they may maximize their collective influence on the issues they care about most.

$33,000 - to launch its full campaign platform and campaign operations
Bengaluru, Karnatka INDIA |

National Fisheries Conservation Center

National Fisheries Conservation Center supports collaborative efforts to improve marine resource management and conservation. It focuses on problems where progress is impeded by controversy and polarized discourse, or by lack of access to helpful information and tools.

$33,000 - Global Ocean Health Program
Oaji, CA |

Partnership for Policy Integrity

The Partnership for Policy Integrity (PFPI) uses science, policy analysis and strategic communications to promote sound energy policy. PFPI provides science and legal support so that citizen groups, environmental organizations, and policymakers can better understand energy development impacts on air quality, ecosystems, and the climate. Its current work focuses on biomass energy.

$39,000 - General Support
Pelham, MA |

Product Policy Institute

The goal of Product Policy Institute (PPI) is to develop cradle-to-cradle producer responsibility - which makes manufacturers responsible for collecting and recycling their products and packaging - into the central approach to designing and managing products so that market forces drive the use and reuse of safer chemicals and materials. It develops policies and educational materials, and networks key stakeholders to assist public interest advocates, government officials, leading companies and citizens to advocate for producer responsibility initiatives, remaking the way products are made, and to use materials through integrated policy, market, science, and grassroots strategies.

$16,000 - General Support
Athens, GA |

Public Trust Project

The Public Trust Project (PTP) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that investigates and reports on the manipulation of scientific research by corporations and government, and promotes the findings of independent scientists whose work has not been skewed by powerful interests. It takes on campaigns relating to public health, occupational safety, and environmental protection. Using strategic communications, investigation, and multi-media projects, it seeks to hold corporations and government accountable.

$27,000 - Public Trust Project's Menhaden Conservation Program
Washington, DC |

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.

$22,000 - Maijuna Project
Chicago, IL |

RAVEN (Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs)

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.

$34,000 - Assist First Nations peoples within Canada to protect and restore their traditional lands and resources
Victoria, British Columbia CANADA |

Save America's Forests Fund, Inc.

Save America's Forests Fund was established in 1992 to address the growing educational needs of the grassroots forest protection movement. Its mission if to protect and restore America's last wild and natural forests. The Fund has worked to build bridges with labor organizations and to inspire previously uninvolved Americans to participate in the creation of U.S. forest protection policy by starting their own groups and building coalitions in their communities.

$16,000 - Support for efforts for helping indigenous groups make their voices heard in Washington and among North American decision-makers, and to conduct research and disseminate information on threats to the Western Amazon.
Washington, DC |


SumOfUs is a global movement of consumers, investors, and workers all around the world, standing together to hold corporations accountable for their actions and forge a new, sustainable and just path for the global economy. It utilizes its focus on corporate accountability, penchant for creative, hard-hitting market campaigns, and a truly global power base to harness grassroots economic power and create incentives for socially responsible behavior that align corporations' bottom lines with the public good.

$37,000 - SumOfUs's Corporate Human Rights and Environment Education Program
New York, NY |

Election Integrity
Total Grants $121,000

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 2013 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.

$20,000 - Restoring Democracy Project
Columbus, OH |

Election Defense Alliance

Election Defense Alliance (EDA) is building a national citizen movement to expose electoral fraud and establish electoral integrity, so that governments accountable to the people are legitimately elected. It seeks to replace privatized, computerized voting machines with voter-marked paper ballots, hand-counted by citizens in the precincts, in public view, so that elections are transparent and fully accountable to the voters.

$20,000 - General Support
Culver City, CA |

Florida Voters Foundation

Florida Voters Foundation's mission is to ensure that all eligible voters are provided an equal opportunity to cast a private and independent ballot, and have all votes on that ballot recorded and counted accurately. It champions the public interest as primary in elections and resists excessive corporate, political and bureaucratic interests that threaten it. It builds strong non-partisan alliances with elections officials, scientific, legal and other technical experts, voters, funders and others throughout Florida and beyond to further its mission.

$20,000 - Florida Voters Foundation's Machine Assisted Post Election Audits
Coral Gables, FL |

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.

$61,000 - Protecting Election Integrity and Stopping Internet Voting project
Carlsbad, CA |

Thriving Resilient Communities
Total Grants $132,000

Threshold’s Thriving Resilient Communities funding circle (TRC) funds collaborative tools and approaches that build leadership and capacity for communities to address their own strategic needs in the face of energy, climate, economic, and social challenges. In a thriving resilient community, people can respond to any challenge and thrive in the process. Community resilience requires an integral whole-systems approach that fosters compassion, inner resilience (healthy, respectful caring relationships), and outer resilience (fair, sustainable sharing systems) within an eco-social region. The resilient community movement includes community initiatives with similar visions using a variety of names such as Healthy, Livable, Local, Peace, Resilient, Sustainable, Thrive, and Transition.

TRC's mission is to build collective wisdom, map the field, and fund best practices and leading-edge work in community resilience in the United States and Canada. Priority will be given to regional and national network hubs and to replicable whole-systems approaches that promote inclusive economic models, social interconnectedness, and vibrant health and well-being. In addition to supporting projects within an organization, TRC is particularly interested in catalyzing multi-organization collaborative projects that we call “co-projects.”


Bay Localize

Bay Localize confronts the challenges of climate change and economic recession by boosting the Bay Area's capacity to provide for everyone's needs, sustainably and equitably. It achieves this equipping grassroots community leaders with flexible tools, models, and policies that strengthen their communities.

$17,500 - Project Map Your Future
Oakland, CA |

The Evolver Network

The Evolver Network uses online tools to build off-line communities. It connects the dots between visionary idealism and lived experience — from open-source software to complementary currencies, meditation to direct action, festival culture to community-supported agriculture. It brings people together to explore areas that the mainstream culture ignores or suppresses; to learn new skills; to collaborate, celebrate and create.

$13,000 - Phase 2:Evolver Spore Program
New York, NY |

Movement Generation

Movement Generation Justice and Ecology Project provides in-depth analysis and information about the global ecological crisis and facilitates strategic planning for action among leading organizers from urban Bay Area organizations working for economic and racial justice in communities of color. The purpose of Movement Generation is to develop the strategic movement capacity of young organizational leaders 35-years-old and under in the Bay Area social justice community, especially young women, LGBTQ folks and people of color.

$17,000 - General Support
Oakland, CA |

Thriving and Resilient Salish Sea Basin

$17,000 - Tool Bank for Social Resilience and Thrivability
Freeland, WA |

Transition US

Transition US is a resource and catalyst for building resilient communities across the United States that are able to withstand severe energy, climate or economic shocks while creating a better quality of life in the process. Its mission is to inspire, encourage, support, network and train individuals and their communities as they consider, adopt, adapt, and implement the Transition approach to community empowerment and action. Transition US accomplishes its work by helping to launch and support Transition Initiatives (also known as "Transition Towns") across all regions of the country.

$17,500 - Community Resilience Indicators Project
Sebastopol, CA |

Post Carbon Institute

MetaFoundation, doing business as Post Carbon Institute, is a virtual organization designed to address the growing global environmental catastrophe in fundamentally new and largely untried ways. Much of the current focus of attention is on technological solutions, such as increasing the efficiency with which people consume the Earth's resources.

$7,500 - Post Carbon Institute's Resilience Survey project
Santa Rosa, CA |

Thriving and Resilient Communities Collaboratory

Thriving Resilient Communities Collaboratory is an invitational action research network project exploring tipping-point strategies for scaling the community resilience movement and engaging the mainstream in North America. The intention is to build collective wisdom, map the field, and fund best practices and leading-edge work in local community resilience. The Collaboratory is a learning community of practice, an agile collaborative-funding incubator, and a call to conscious collaboration and co-creation in service to the Great Transition.

$42,500 - Thriving and Resilient Communities Collaboratory's Co-Lab Flow Fund and Metamove project
Freeland, WA |

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