Gideons Promise is a left-of-center organization that works to provide public defenders with training and assistance. It was founded in 2007 as Southern Public Defender Training Center by Jonathan Rapping, a 2014 MacArthur Foundation Fellow. Its advisory board includes Michelle Roberts, executive director of the NBA, W. Gary Kohlman, general counsel to the NBA, and Charles Ogletree.
In June 2019, the NFL awarded $2 million worth of grants to eight nonprofit organizations, including Gideon’s Promise, to support their social justice causes. The NFL explained their goal is to “support programs and initiatives that reduce barriers to opportunity.” 1
- “NFL Announces Eight New Social Justice Recipients.” NFL Communications. June 04, 2019. Accessed June 04, 2019. https://nflcommunications.com/Pages/NFL-ANNOUNCES-EIGHT-NEW-SOCIAL-JUSTICE-GRANT-RECIPIENTS.aspx.