Communities for Just Schools Fund

The Communities for Just Schools Fund (CJSF) is a new national donor collaborative that supports constituency-led organizing efforts to create positive and supportive school climates, which affirm and foster the success of all students.  Building upon the groundbreaking initiatives of the Just and Fair Schools Fund, the Communities for Just Schools Fund is relaunching that body of work and expanding its efforts to support locally-based groups and campaigns, active at the local, state, and national levels, which provide momentum for meaningful school climate and school discipline reform.

The Communities for Just Schools Fund is housed at the New Venture Fund and currently includes support and participation from: Arcus Foundation, The Atlantic Philanthropies, Cricket Island Foundation, Einhorn Family Charitable Trust, Ford Foundation, Hyams Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Skillman Foundation, Walter S. Johnson Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and anonymous donors.

For our closest partners who know Don Cipriani (the former Director of the Just and Fair Schools Fund) and his family’s upcoming relocation back to Europe, Don has graciously and generously agreed to remain with CJSF as a consultant through September 2015.  An executive search for a permanent CJSF Director is underway and we hope to have a new Director on board at the end of the summer.

The Fund looks forward to staying connected with all its partners through our monthly e-newsletter during this launch period, and we will share more about our programming and future grantmaking over the coming months.