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Roger Baldwin Foundation of ACLU

Chicago, Illinois

Roger Baldwin Foundation of ACLU was awarded $857,000 between 1983 and 2018, including 6 grants in Criminal Justice and Chicago Commitment.


2018 • 2 years • Criminal Justice

The Roger Baldwin Foundation is the charitable arm of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois (ACLU), which promotes and defends civil liberties in Illinois. The ACLU has long been a leader in promoting criminal justice reform aimed at reducing incarceration and expanding diversion and reentry options in the state. This award supports further research, public education, and outreach to policymakers in support of criminal justice reform to reduce incarceration in Illinois, bringing the Safety and Justice Challenge to ground in the Foundation’s home state.


2017 • 1 year • Chicago Commitment

The Roger Baldwin Foundation of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois (ACLU) is the charitable arm of the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU of Illinois defends the U.S. Constitution, federal law, and state law where those authorities protect individuals. It seeks to overturn laws or policies that deprive persons of their rights. With this award, the ACLU of Illinois responds to threats to the rights and liberties of racial, ethnic, religious, and social groups in Illinois. These threats stem from aggressive law enforcement in general, and from policies directed specifically toward immigrants, refugees, Muslims, and other minorities. To counter these threats, the ACLU of Illinois engages citizens and mobilizes public campaigns, advocates for sound policy, and litigates in the courts.


2016 • 2 years • Criminal Justice

The Roger Baldwin Foundation (the Baldwin Foundation) supports the American Civil Liberties Union’s education, advocacy and litigation strategies to promote and defend civil liberties in Illinois. As a leader in justice reform in the state, the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois’ (ACLU) has aimed at reducing the state’s population of incarcerated individuals and improving diversion and reentry options. This award brings the Foundation’s incarceration reduction strategy to ground in Illinois by enabling the ACLU, as part of a “right-left” collaboration with the Illinois Policy Institute, to expand public engagement and build support for criminal justice reform, helping to create the supportive public climate necessary to achieve success. This award supports research, public education, and a targeted outreach campaign aimed at gaining public and policy maker support for diversion and reentry reforms in Illinois.


1994 • 1 year

To support the Race and Poverty Project.


1990 • 1 year

To support work in reproductive rights.


1983 • 1 year

To support Institutionalized Persons Project.

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