2020 Social Justice Litigation Grant Winners
The Barbara McDowell Foundation has selected five organizations for its 2020 social justice litigation grants, each receiving an award of $40,000.
• Fair Elections Center
• National Center for Law and Economic Justice
• National Veterans Legal Services Program
• National Women's Law Center
• North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services, Inc.
The Barbara McDowell Foundation aims to improve the economic well-being, social conditions, and civil liberties of disadvantaged persons and groups in the United States. We fulfill our mission by making grants to organizations that undertake systemic, social justice litigation and by coordinating direct, pro bono litigation through our High Impact Project.
Since its inception in 2009, the Barbara McDowell Foundation has distributed $1,000,000 in grants to 41 organizations nationwide and participated in 20 cases and investigations as part of its High Impact Litigation Project.
The Foundation's 2020 grants are funding cases aimed at:
• restoring voting rights to felons
• challenging unlawful police stops that impact minority communities
• ending unreasonable delays of veteran's medical appeals
• challenging the Department of Education's policy changes to sex discrimination claims in federally funded education programs
• limiting solitary confinement usage in state prisons
The Foundation encourages you to review the summary of each grantee's funded case posted to the "Our Grants" page of the Foundation's website.
As one of the very few organizations funding social justice litigation, the Foundation receives each year a high number of qualified grant applications, including a record 72 applications this year.
For questions or further information, please contact either: Jerry Hartman, Chairman and President, 703-919-0423, jerry.hartman@