We invest in organizations that address the inequities of homelessness and criminal justice.
- Racial equity is imperative for a just society.
- Long term change requires investments in leaders and organizations in historically underrepresented communities.
- Organizing at the local level is necessary to make change sustainable.
- Investing in systems change and advocacy creates lasting impact.
- National policy investments leverage impact.
- Collaborating with funding partners is essential.
Ending homelessness requires housing. Our grantees are committed to housing the most marginalized people in our society.
Our homelessness investments focus on:
- Increasing the access and supply of affordable housing.
- Supporting policy and advocacy to end homelessness, including amplifying best practices.
- Expanding housing access for people involved in the criminal justice system.
- Redirecting resources from criminal justice into housing and other programs that help communities thrive.
- Preventing and ending homelessness for youth, including those aging out of foster care.
- Strengthening and expanding the public safety net.
Criminal Justice Reform:
Criminal justice must be humane, fair, and equitable. Our grantees are committed to a system that diverts people from incarceration, creates positive paths for people to return home, and strengthens communities.
Our criminal justice investments focus on:
- Ending extreme sentencing, including the death penalty and juvenile life without parole.
- Ending youth incarceration.
- Expanding housing for people involved in the criminal justice system.
- Divesting financial resources from the criminal justice system for redeployment to programs that help communities thrive.
- Expanding reentry pathways and supports, with particular focus on women.
We serve as an intermediary to deepen our work and extend our reach.
The Oak Foundation deploys the Butler Family Fund’s sophisticated vision and network by designating us as a grantmaking intermediary. Using our twenty plus years of experience, we design strategy to identify and leverage policy opportunities to:
- Prevent and end homelessness.
- Expand housing for people involved in the criminal justice system with a particular focus on women.
- Divest financial resources from the criminal justice system for redeployment to programs that help communities thrive.