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Communities in conflict with the law are neighbourhoods with youth who are currently or previously incarcerated, currently or previously on probation, engaged in illegal activity, members of a gang, or have been a ward of a juvenile institution.
We’ve taken an expanded view of this definition to include the social determinants of health as we acknowledge historical low investment in the social determinants of health have caused treadmound harm that leads to youth being in conflict with the law.
Those who have limited access to spaces in which they can safely connect with peers from other parts of the city. This problem keeps communities apart and fuels conflict. We recognize the importance of bringing youth together and enabling them to collaborate.
The voices and lived experiences of communities in conflict with the law inform our decision-making, the nature of our support, and our organizational growth. We see the potential for youth in communities with the law to become leaders and contributors in their respective communities.
Justice Fund Toronto operates as a non-profit organization. While Justice Fund is not itself a registered charity and cannot provide tax receipts for donations, we are the fund advisor to a donor-advised fund called the Justice Impact Fund offered by the MakeWay Foundation. The Justice Impact Fund's purpose is to support qualified donees that provide charitable services and support to Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour communities in conflict with the law.
We need to re-think how we can support frontline organizations and accelerate our impact at scale. By making an open-ended and comprehensive commitment to communities in conflict with the law, we can help reduce violence, improve economic well-being, and create equitable access to opportunities these communities so desperately lack.
Justice Fund currently does not accept proposals for grants. We identify potential grantees through working with our existing community partner network. Members of the community partnership network are identified through recommendations of our executive staff or board of directors. Calls for membership in our community partners network are currently not open.
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