Recent News

Interview with Christina Fialho of Freedom for Immigrants (formerly CIVIC)

Christina Fialho, co-founder of Freedom for Immigrants (formerly CIVIC), offers insight into the abuses of our current immigrant detention system and how community-based alternatives to detention, such as her Revolving Immigration Detention Bond Fund, offer a more humane and cost effective solution. Read more in her interview with Ashoka, featured in Forbes: The Alternative To Immigrant Detention Everyone Should Know About.

Coral Vita to Construct World’s First Land-Based Commercial Coral Farm

Cora Vita will soon begin constructing the world's first land-based coral farm in the Bahamas. In these farms, they intend to not only grow coral faster than it grows in the ocean - but to help make the coral more resilient. Read the whole article on Fast Company.

California Harvesters is Transforming Agricultural Labor

California Harvesters, a project of The Workers Lab and 2017 Innovation Prize awardee, is transforming agricultural labor practices and improving the treatment of farmworkers. Read Fast Company's full article here: How a Small Worker-Owned trust Could Transform Agricultural Labor for Decades

Elizabeth Vartkessian’s Op-Ed in the Baltimore Sun

In "All Serious Criminal Cases Deserve Podcast-Style Scrutiny," Liz Vartkessian notes that careful investigation of a conviction, theoretically guaranteed to all facing capital charges, can mean the difference between life and death. However, this type of scrutiny is done almost exclusively by non-profits as opposed to the criminal justice system and the courts that state this right. Read the full article in the Baltimore Sun here.

Founders of CIVIC Recieve Leadership Award

Christina Fialho and Christina Mansfield, founders of Social Justice grantee CIVIC, were recently awarded The James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award for their work to end isolation and create human conditions for immigrants in detention centers. Click here to read more: The James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards

Land Art Generator Initiative Case Study for ArtPlace America Report

Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) has been included in ArtPlace America's recent report as a case study. Click here to read the report: Farther, Faster, Together: How Arts and Culture Can Accelerate Environmental Progress.

Esq. Apprentice Featured on The Root

Esq. Apprentice, 2017 JMK Innovation Prize awardee, was recently featured on The Root. Click here to watch the video: These Future Attorneys Are Skipping Law School

David Muhammed on Youth Justice

David Muhammed, a 2017 JMK Innovation Prize Awardee, writes about the desperately needed paradigm shift in the administration of youth justice in Juvenile Justice Information Exchange. Click here to read more: Local Restorative Justice Could Be Best Kind of Diversion for Youth

Brandon Dennison Named West Virginian of the Year

Brandon Dennison, one of the Fund's 2015 JMK Innovation Prize awardees, was named WV Living's West Virginian of the Year. Read the whole article here:  Revisioning Appalachia

Op-Ed About 2017 J.M.K. Innovation Prize in Chronicle of Philanthropy

Chronicle of Philanthropy published Peter Davidson and Amy Freitag's op-ed that reflects upon the role of the Prize in the Fund's grantmaking, especially within this political climate. Read more here:The Power of Social Enterprise and Grass-Roots Decision Making: Lessons in Innovation.