YJFC is a group of non-profit learders, philanthropists, and activists who support efforts that promote practices and policies to transform America’s juvenile justice system. We fund communication strategies of organizations that advance public discussion, add new information and ideas, and sow the seeds for real change within the juvenile justice system nationwide. We look for grantees who can reach a wide audience that includes non-profit service practitioners, advocates, allies in the courts, law enforcement, policy makers, parents, youth and other concerned citizens.


We seek to bring public awareness to juvenile justice alternatives and reform efforts that are currently taking root across the country and to draw attention to the unfairness and inefficiencies within the current system.

We seek to increase the funding base for juvenile justice reform by being a catalyst for philanthropic collaboration.

We believe that advocacy in its many forms is necessary for systemic change in the juvenile justice system.