Description of Activities

Vision: Those supervised by California’s Collaborative Justice Court programs have access to needed  funds to meet material needs with the help of Local Advisory Boards who raise money and provide grant awards.

Mission: The CCJC Foundation makes it possible for local jurisdictions to access private donor resources while maintaining the integrity of their court programs.  CCJC Foundation maintains a commitment to financial accountability, an open grant making process that addresses the changing needs of Collaborative Justice Court Programs and a commitment to working with all donors and local jurisdictions’ funds to help them fulfill their charitable objectives.

Purpose: The primary purpose of the funds raised by Local Advisory Boards is to provide small cash awards that assist individuals who are participating in court-mandated treatment for alcohol and other drug disorders as well as co-occurring mental illness.   The CCJC Foundation serves collaborative court participants regardless of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, handicapped status or national origin.

What is the activity?

The California Collaborative Justice Courts (CCJC) Foundation exists to increase the fiscal resources available to Collaborative Justice Court Programs1 by providing an IRS-recognized vehicle for accepting donations to the 58 local jurisdictions in the State of California. It will provide:

  • Investment management for funds under its stewardship;
  • Training to local jurisdictions wanting to establish an “expendable fund” regarding
    • Strategic financial development
    • Fund-raising methods
    • Planned giving opportunities
    • How to establish a local advisory board to
      • assist with raising funds;
      • provide oversight of funds raised; and
      • make local grant awards to agencies providing services to Collaborative Justice Court Program participants
  • Encouragement to Collaborative Justice Court Program Professionals, and participants and their families to consider inclusion of their therapeutic treatment court programs in their estate planning.
  • The “arm’s length” distance required of those working in the criminal justice system pertaining to fundraising.

As donations are received for this purpose, the Foundation will, upon approval of the Board of Directors, provide scholarships to agencies employing Collaborative Justice Court Program Professionals who would not otherwise be financially able to participate in vital, relevant professional development opportunities.

Who conducts the activity?

These activities will be conducted by the CCJC Foundation Board of Directors or its agents.

When is the activity conducted?

  • Investment management of funds under its stewardship will be conducted by the Foundation on an on-going basis with monthly reviews by the Board of Directors
  • Training in fund raising techniques to local jurisdictions will be provided as requested. To assure these requests are forthcoming, the CCJC board of Directors will launch a marketing campaign presenting the Foundation and its role in assisting local jurisdictions meet the ancillary needs of their program participants. This campaign will commence as soon as the Foundation has achieved its 501-c-3 status.
  • Encouragement to Collaborative Justice Court Program Professionals to consider including their Collaborative Justice Court Program in their personal estate planning will be offered during trainings provided to local jurisdictions and at the annual conference of the California Association of Drug Court Professionals upon approval of that organization’s Board of Directors.

Where is the activity conducted?

The headquarters of the CCJC Foundation will be in Nevada County, California. The activities listed above will be conducted there and on-site at local jurisdictions throughout the State of California.

How does the activity further our exempt purposes?

The purpose of the CCJC Foundation is to strengthen the activities of California collaborative justice courts on the state and local levels through public-private partnerships. The primary purpose of “Expendable Funds” established by local jurisdictions is to provide financial assistance to local organizations that assist individuals under the supervision of a Collaborative Justice Court Program while obtaining treatment for alcohol and other drug disorders and related life circumstances such as mental illness, post traumatic stress disorder, homelessness, etc. Funds will be used to provide complementary services that support successful completion of Collaborative Justice Court Programs.

These services may include  scholarships for Local Fund Advisory Board members to attend training conferences and share their stories and the results of their work on behalf of individuals participating in judicially supervised treatment programs.

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1Collaborative Justice Court Programs include and are not limited to Adult Drug Courts, Juvenile Drug Courts, Family Dependency Drug Courts, Homeless Courts, Elder-Abuse Courts, Veterans Courts, and Re-Entry Courts.