Philanthropy Now podcast: Open Philanthropy: How donors and philanthropists can support criminal justice reform

In this episode, you will learn about the work of Open Philanthropy and their Criminal Justice Reform Project. Chloe Cockburn, Program Officer for this project, joins Joyce Song, Director of Donor Engagement at SVCF, to share insight on the criminal justice reform movement and how philanthropists can help. Chloe discusses the focus of the project and how she advises other donors and philanthropists how to support the movement. Their converation also emphasizes how over-incarceration heavily impacts communities, the most urgent areas of Open Philanthropy's focus and guidance on how donors and philanthropists can make maximize their impact, regardless of the size of their funds.

In SVCF’s Philanthropy Now podcast series, we explore trends in the world of philanthropy, social impact initiatives in Silicon Valley and beyond, and we look at how SVCF promotes innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems.


Chloe Cockburn, Program Officer for the Criminal Justice Reform Project at Open Philanthropy,
and Joyce Song, Director of Donor Engagement at SVCF.


What you will learn:

  • The scale of Open Philanthropy's work, including the Criminal Justice Reform Project
  • How over-incarceration is impacting the community
  • Open Philanthropy's process for seeking the highest impact opportunities
  • Selecting an effective giving strategy, for all levels of funding
  • Vetting organizations and their ability to manage funds

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