Communities Transforming Policing Fund

Communities Transforming Policing Fund


As the nationwide call for police reform and accountability grows, EA members are collaborating to create a new infrastructure for supporting local campaigns.

The Story

The protracted “movement moment” of the past few years has been sparked by the tragic and well-publicized killings of people of color—many men and boys—by law enforcement officers and vigilantes. The movement has been sustained in large part by young people of color who have put their lives and liberty on the line through direct action and protest. However, with over 18,000 police departments, sheriff’s offices, and state police agencies in the U.S., it is difficult to predict where the next flashpoint will occur. It could happen anywhere. 

Advocates have long sought the support needed to move from critique and reaction to vision and leadership, redefining public safety for themselves and their communities. In 2016 the foundations that comprise the EA’s Justice Reform & Public Safety Collective Action Table (Justice CAT) answered the call by developing a strategic alignment among funders that recognizes movement building and smart activism as keys to achieve serious police reform and accountability. One early fruit of that strategic alignment is the Communities Transforming Policing Fund (CTPF).

Part of a broader package of police-reform initiatives supported exclusively by EA members, the CTPF was developed, incubated, and resourced over a year-long period through a series of safe-space strategy conversations among participants of the Justice CAT.

Its final program design was created in consultation with police-reform advocates engaged in efforts to ensure law enforcement practices do not disproportionately target communities of color, LGBTQ people, people who are homeless, people with mental illnesses, and other vulnerable community members.

Now in its operational stage, the CTFP is housed at Borealis Philanthropy and will provide resources in three areas: project-support grants to further specific police accountability initiatives; organizational-development grants to strengthen the infrastructure of the organizations and networks that the EA supports; and rapid-response funds to help police-reform advocacy groups meet unexpected and urgent needs.

Current funders of the CTFP include Open Society Foundations, the Ford Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, and the Public Welfare Foundation–all EA members.

To learn more, visit the Communities Transforming Policing Fund page on the Borealis Philanthropy website.