CANARY IMPACT FUND

Our Mission

The Canary Impact Fund (CIF) is dedicated to funding decarceration organizations & initiatives that are led and/or meaningfully informed by leaders who are directly impacted. Our purpose is to inspire other philanthropists to do the same.

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ABOUT US

Why We Exist.

Philanthropic foundations often award grants to organizations/initiatives with a significant amount of distance between them and the cause(s) that they support. The CIF, as a body of people directly impacted by the judicial system, sees the shortcomings in the current funding practices most regularly applied serving as the primary resource vehicle for the field. Using our unique perspectives, we aim to improve the connection between philanthropy and the communities it serves, while empowering organizations that exemplify integrity and accountability in their efforts to collaborate (or work) with people directly and indirectly impacted by the causes they support.

 

10 FOR 10 PRIZE

The 2022 Application has now CLOSED. We are busy sorting through the many responses to pick finalists.  Please keep an eye out for our 2023 Prize application.

The 10 for 10 Prize aims to:


- Invest in formerly incarcerated leaders and visionaries closest to the issues, namely those that are driving creative, innovative, and systemic approaches to advance social justice


- Cultivate a collaborative community of formerly incarcerated social justice entrepreneurs to promote the development and potential reach of solutions that address complex and interrelated issues 


- Leverage the innovation of formerly incarcerated leaders to plant the seeds of social justice solutions that have the greatest potential for decarceration and re-enfranchisement. 


What To Expect


The 10 for 10 Prize will identify, support, and advance breakthrough ideas and innovations that address complex systemic issues focused on ending mass incarceration in the United States. Awardees will receive:


  • a $10,000 prize

  • year-long access to additional supports

  • a cohort experience


The Prize is designed to promote community, build capacity, and provide support to formerly incarcerated leaders focused on achieving transformative impact through the launch of systemic solutions.

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PREVIOUS GRANTEES: FAMILIES FOR FREEDOM

Families for Freedom (FFF) is a NYC based human rights organization founded and led by immigrants with criminal convictions. Our goal is freedom from detention and deportation. Living and working within the context of harsh immigration policies and enforcement we continue to make progress towards this goal through grassroots organizing, education and leadership development in order to identify and to change the systems that create unjust laws and policies.

PREVIOUS GRANTEES: H.O.L.L.A

The Youth Organizing Collective (Y.O.C), which is the movement arm of How Our Lives Link Altogether! (H.O.L.L.A!) has built a city and nationwide Healing Justice Movement. Over the last 3 years Y.O.C has developed a healing circle base-building pedagogy to organize other youth of color our target population (within this phase of the organizing strategy).

 

BOARD MEMBERS

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STEVEN PACHECO

Founding Member + Chair

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MICHELLE A DIAZ

Member + Vice Chair

 
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"The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons."

― Fyodor Dostoevsky

 

CONTACT US

475 Riverside Drive

(646)-397-7525

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