At a historic moment, when dramatic policies to prevent gun violence are being proposed and enacted in Albany and Washington, Media Impact Funders convened a critical funder gathering with the leading advocates in New York and nationally. The program, held at co-sponsor Philanthropy New York, focused on key areas of opportunity in advocacy and research for grantmakers to support. In addition, the program showed how documentary film and other public interest media efforts can help to reframe the debate over gun violence.
Resources cited in the conversation:
- Vince Stehle article in The Chronicle of Philanthropy
- Lori Bezahler article in The Nation, “Why Do Democrats Want More Police in Schools?”
- A Guide to Mass Shootings in America from Mother Jones Magazine
- J. Mikel Elcessor article, “Gun Violence is a Chronic Public-Health Disaster”
- Living for 32 – a film about Colin Goddard, a survivor of the tragic gun shooting massacre at Virginia Tech campus.
- The Foundation Center’s Issue Lab – “special collection” of foundation and nonprofit research related to gun violence.
- The California Endowment – California Teens Demand a Plan to End Violence – video
- The Interrupters – a film about violence prevention efforts in Chicago, focusing on CureViolence, formerly known as CeaseFire.
What can philanthropy do to support efforts by nonprofit advocacy and media organizations to change the national conversation about sensible gun regulations?