Soros foundation grants $1.9 million to four Buffalo non-profits
By Mark Sommer | News Staff Reporter on January 16, 2014 - 10:01 AM
At the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, workers at traditionally low-end jobs are paid a living wage, young people are given educational and training opportunities and there are low-cost transportation options.
In schools, resolving conflicts through “restorative justice,” rather than punitive action, is responsible for reducing out-of-school suspensions, keeping kids out of jail and helping ex-offenders re-enter society.
Over at the new Worker Center in the Tri-Main Building, refugees and others stuck in temporary and other contingent jobs learn their legal rights and are connected to better job opportunities and training programs.
These outcomes are among those envisioned by Open Buffalo – a collaboration between four local nonprofit groups that has been awarded a two-year, $1.9 million grant to combat economic injustice and inequality in Buffalo.
Open Society Foundations, a grant-making organization founded by liberal billionaire George Soros – a lightning rod to conservatives for the large sums of money he gives to progressive causes – announced Thursday that proposals from Buffalo, Puerto Rico and San Diego were chosen among 16 original entrees.