NEO Philanthropy Announces New Partnership with the Circle for Justice Innovations

NEO Philanthropy is proud to welcome Circle for Justice Innovations (formerly the Criminal Justice Initiative), as a new Donor Services project. Together, NEO and Circle for Justice Innovations (CJI) will further CJI’s mission of ending Mass Criminalization and Incarceration in the United States.

In this partnership, NEO will provide CJI with day-to-day management, fiscal and legal oversight, budget planning, fundraising, and administrative support to ensure peak operational efficiency. With NEO’s support, CJI can have a wider reach and better strengthen the infrastructure of the grassroots criminal justice movement.

“We are so pleased to work with CJI and help further their mission,” said Michele Lord, NEO Philanthropy President. “As a mission-aligned organization, CJI also shares NEO’s position of ensuring those most affected by the issues are leading the way with their experiences. We are proud of this partnership and look forward to supporting and growing their organization.”

CJI joins NEO’s robust Donor Services program serving projects that work on a variety of issues, including civic engagement, reproductive rights, anti-trafficking, and more.

More about CJI

Circle for Justice Innovations (CJI) is a national innovative grant-making collaborative made up of community organizers, activists, donors, and donor-activists. CJI identifies, funds, and nurtures grassroots organizations led by those most impacted working to transform the criminal justice system in the United States. The CJI Fund’s mission is to end mass criminalization and mass incarceration. CJI has invested more than $3 million in grants since 2009. It serves as a leader in the funding of movement work within marginalized communities, including black and brown people, youth, immigrants, gender and sexual minorities, incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people, Native Americans, low-income communities, and other communities impacted by the criminal justice and immigration systems. For more information, visit



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