The Edward W. Hazen Foundation, a private foundation established in 1925, is committed to supporting organizing and leadership of young people and communities of color in dismantling structural inequity based on race and class.


The Edward W. Hazen Foundation is entering its final period of work, choosing to put all of our resources into the field in this time of challenge and possibility.

Across the country, young people of color, their families, and communities are rising up to challenge racist, homophobic, and xenophobic sentiment and challenge discriminatory policing, mass incarceration, punitive school discipline, immigrant detention and deportation, privatization of education and other public systems  For Hazen’s grantees, the rhetoric and actions in this moment are not new, although the broad public attention may be. Hazen believes that our fundamental support of organizing for racial justice is needed now, perhaps more than ever. We have determined that now is the time to put resources into the hands of the communities that must be in the forefront of the struggle.  Thus, the Foundation will spend out its full assets over the next 5 years.

Please read our plan for the culmination of the Foundation’s work here.

For more coverage of Hazen’s plans, read this piece in The Chronicle of Philanthropy  and PND Blog

The Special Olympics are safe, but what about other programs DeVos would cut? | The Hill

By Lori Bezahler

Many were shocked by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s recent plan to defund the Special Olympics. This is a well regarded, much loved program, so the outcry was appropriate and hardly unexpected. While it is important that this damaging cut be restored, where is the outrage over the cuts being proposed for other critical educational programs?

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What Happens When You Put Young People of Color at the Center of #NeverAgain | The Nation

Gun control becomes only one part of the larger solution to violence in our communities.

By Lori Bezahler

The students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have catalyzed a social movement demanding an end to gun violence. While their leadership and moral authority have undoubtedly taken the movement to another level, youth-led activism against gun violence is not, in fact, new.

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Are We Criminalizing Our Students | Education Week

An overemphasis on criminal justice undermines K-12 education

By Lori Bezahler & Allison R. Brown

It’s been said that a budget is a statement of policy, the surest way to determine the values and priorities a society embraces. How then should we interpret the extraordinary spending spree that the United States has engaged in for the past three decades, investing trillions of dollars to expand a criminal-justice system that has incarcerated millions while states struggle to provide adequate funding for education?

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How Our Schools Are Holding Black Girls Back | TIME

We need to make changes that put all of our students on the path to success

By Lori Bezahler, Cassie Schwerner and Kavitha Mediratta

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