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💸 All Square gets windfall grant

The money will help sustain All Sqaure's rapid growth from a small grilled cheese restaurant employing formerly incarcerated people to an influential criminal justice reform advocate connecting incarcerated people to legal training, and running a law firm of its own.

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💸 All Square gets windfall grant
All Square's grilled cheese restaurant and event space at 41st and Minnehaha

All Square, the grilled cheese restaurant and criminal justice reform nonprofit on 41st and Minnehaha, was recently one of several local groups to receive a hefty gift from Seattle billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. 

The $2 million grant is almost as much as All Square’s entire budget last year, and comes with virtually no strings attached: No reporting, no restrictions on how it can be used.  It’s part of a sustained giving spree by Scott, ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, that has included more than $129 million to 34 nonprofits in Minnesota in the past four years, according to the Star Tribune

The money will help sustain All Sqaure's rapid growth from a small grilled cheese restaurant employing formerly incarcerated people to an influential criminal justice reform advocate connecting incarcerated people to legal training, and running a law firm of its own.

Background

Founded in 2016 by civil rights attorney Emily Hunt Turner, All Square started as a small-scale effort to chip away at some of the barriers facing people after incarceration (and who, as the name suggests, the group considers "all square" on their debt to society.)