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Should Philanthropy Have a Bigger Say in the Gun Violence Debate?

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(Special webcast January 15th at 3 pm ET.  Details below.)

In a recent opinion piece in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Vince Stehle, executive director of Media Impact Funders, asked why so few foundations had “made any notable calls for action” on gun control or gun violence in the wake of the “horrific bloodbath” at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Stehle argued that instead of sitting on the sidelines and letting others shape the debate and discussion, “foundations need to pay attention to the high cost of gun violence to our nation.”

Is — as Stehle suggests — philanthropy missing an opportunity to contribute to the gun violence debate similar to the ways it has addressed other major social issues, ranging from health care to immigration reform to climate change to education reform? Should — and can — foundations, in particular, do more?

That question will be explored during a special event — to be webcast nationally on January 15, beginning at 3 pm ET.

no guns signJointly hosted by Media Impact Funders and Philanthropy New York, “Reframing the Debate Over Gun Violence: Advocacy and Education Efforts and Working with Partners in Media,” will look at what philanthropy can do to support efforts — including using the power of communication — to change the national conversation about sensible gun regulations.

Featured presenters are:

  • Dan Gross, President, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
  • Maria Cuomo Cole, Filmmaker, Philanthropist, and Chairman, HELP USA
  • Jackie Hilly, Executive Director, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence
  • Roderick V. Jenkins, Program Officer, Children, Youth & Families, The New York Community Trust
  • Vince Stehe, Executive Director, Media Impact Funders (Moderator)

The webcast will be available online beginning at 3 pm ET, Tuesday, Jan. 15. To tune in, click here.

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