Priority Areas

Our priority areas reflect both the foundation’s legacy of giving as well as our emerging interest in areas of pressing social, economic, and environmental concern. At this time, the foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals.

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Human Rights

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Jewish Life

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Civil Society

Spotlight Grants: Civil Society

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For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country. Whether it’s achieving full equality for LGBT people, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age of widespread government surveillance, ending mass incarceration, or preserving the right to vote, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.

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Rebuild Local News

Rebuild Local News is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that advances public policies to counter the collapse of local news, revitalize community journalism and strengthen democracy.

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Spotlight PA

Spotlight PA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan newsroom dedicated to high-quality investigative and public-service journalism about the Pennsylvania state government and urgent statewide issues. Spotlight PA offers all of its articles at no cost via and to more than 90 news partners in all corners of Pennsylvania, the largest distribution network of its kind in the United States. The newsroom provides its content free of charge to better inform the public. Since its inception in 2019, Spotlight PA has become a leading national model for independent, collaborative journalism that empowers residents and strengthens our democracy. Spotlight PA’s work has won state and national awards and has driven meaningful impact in the state capital and beyond.

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CeaseFirePA Education Fund

CeaseFirePA Education Fund is dedicated to ensuring everyone can live free from gun violence, where they feel and are safe. 1,900 Pennsylvanians died by guns last year, from the shootings we see on the nightly news to the quiet loss of suicide by gun. The Posner Foundation’s investment enables CeaseFirePA to connect those devastating losses to gaps in the safety system, and then expand their powerful coalition of doctors, faith leaders, survivors, and Pennsylvanians demanding action.

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