LAUGHING GULL FOUNDATION AND FLORIDA JUSTICE CENTER PARTNER TO SERVE JUSTICE-IMPACTED COMMUNITIES
Laughing Gull Foundation and Florida Justice Center Partner to Serve Justice-Impacted Communities
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic its disproportionate impact on BIPOC and justice-impacted communities, LGF makes substantial donation to social justice nonprofit organization.
Oakland Park, FL (December 18, 2020) –
Laughing Gull Foundation today announced its list of recipients for their 2020 COVID Response Support for Justice-Impacted Communities grant. Florida Justice Center was chosen as one of 18 grantees by LGF due to our commitment to helping justice-involved BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) people. 100% of the grant will go directly to providing case management services to returning citizens from jail and prison to connect them to social services in order to facilitate a successful transition to society.
“During this time, we felt the urgency to support organizations working on the ground to address the needs of and support the rights of directly-impacted people across the South. We are honored to support these organizations who have not only continued their work in these challenging times, but stepped up their work in powerful ways to meet critical needs, fight for basic rights, and address unjust systems,” stated Terrell Blount, LGF’s Higher Education in Prison Program Officer.
This generous giving comes at a time of rapid expansion for the Florida Justice Center. There are a number of new services currently being introduced aimed at assisting justice-involved people from arrest through reentry.
“We are proud to receive support from such a great organization as the Laughing Gull Foundation. Their advocacy for marginalized communities in the South is admirable and we look forward to a long relationship with them,” said FLJC Executive Director Jonathan Bleiweiss.
FLJC addresses disparities in BIPOC communities by providing free connections to social services including medical, mental health, and other life-saving needs. Additionally, FLJC, through the Florida Bail Fund, provides bail assistance to help get people out of jail, which is a hotbed for COVID-19 that disproportionately affects the Black community.
LGF COVID-19 RESPONSE SUPPORT GRANTEES
ABOUT LAUGHING GULL FOUNDATION
The Laughing Gull Foundation is a progressive family foundation rooted in the U.S. South. Their mission is to use their resources to transform systems, institutions, and relationships for the benefit of people and the planet. They seek to honor their family’s evolving identity while proactively addressing broken systems that have created inequality and harmed our planet.
They work to achieve this mission through grantmaking, donor organizing, and impact investing in support of three priorities: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Equality, Higher Education in Prison, and Climate & Environment.
ABOUT FLORIDA JUSTICE CENTER
Florida Justice Center is a nonprofit legal aid and behavioral health organization that is at the forefront of an emerging model of holistic legal services. By combining quality legal representation with social and mental health services, we are able to treat the whole person and address the issues that brought about their involvement in the justice system.
As the first and only legal aid organization in Florida authorized to practice criminal law, FLJC is uniquely situated to create meaningful individual and systemic change.