October 2014

A Letter from the Chair:

Thank you for visiting John M. Lloyd Foundation's website. Our website is being redesigned to reflect the Foundation's new direction, vision, and leadership, so please excuse the minimalism of our current site. In the meantime, I hope that the following brief description of our journey will suffice.

The Foundation was established in 1991 when my uncle, John M. Lloyd was dying from HIV/AIDS. In the days and years following his death, we, John's family, worked to support organizations that were engaged in efforts to end the pandemic. The focus of the grants was originally on local service-based organizations, and then over the years the Foundation's attention shifted toward groups that work nationally and globally to improve AIDS policies.

A generational leadership transition in 2012 gave the board an opportunity to re-examine its interests. With our limited resources, we decided that funding locally could yield a more significant impact than a global focus. We also wanted to leverage our years of experience in supporting and sustaining activism from the early days of the AIDS crisis by focusing on a growing but often under-resourced social justice field.

Our interest and research led us to criminal justice, and over the past two years we have engaged in a learning journey to become acquainted with the field — the issues, the policies that are in play, and the people who are working on them. We are appalled by the grave impact of the current justice system and the role that economic and racial injustice play in making Los Angeles County lead the nation in the number of imprisoned youth and adults. Instead of this ignominious distinction, we envision a Los Angeles that leads the state and the country in the movement to reform the criminal justice system and to shift the culture from its current bent toward mass incarceration to one that values and respects each human life.

While there is still so much for us to learn about our new field of interest, our initial research has led us to develop some priorities and interest areas as we begin to fund in this new field. In keeping with our history, our grant making will be guided by a commitment to racial justice and human rights for all people, and will support organizations with strong leadership working to reform the system, break the cycle of incarceration and recidivism, and promote a compassionate culture. We believe that people most impacted by criminal justice best understand how to transform the system and need to be at the heart of the movement for reform.

As we are just beginning our exploration of grantmaking in this field and have limited staffing, we are not yet accepting unsolicited requests for funding. Please check back in the coming months for more information and to see our new look!

Zoë Lloyd Foxley