The Resolve Fund has been designed to focus on specific areas and to co-exist alongside other philanthropic efforts addressing gun violence. As a complement to other funding efforts focused on policy advocacy and reform, movement building, communications, and data and research, we are supporting gun violence intervention and prevention through three areas.
Across the three areas, the Fund anticipates having up to 100 grantee partners working on community-based public safety, prevention and education, and youth mental health.
1. Community-based public safety
Guided by a racial equity framework, the major focus of The Resolve Fund will be to drive resources to support BIPOC-led local community-based gun violence organizations working throughout the U.S. As a complementary approach to policing, community-based public safety reduces violence without incurring the collateral damage of arrest and incarceration. This approach trains non-traditional leaders with lived experience in conflict resolution, mediation, and de-escalation strategies to intervene, prevent, and treat violence as a public health issue.
2. Prevention and education
This area is designed to empower youth, adults, and communities to prevent gun violence before it happens through learning warning signs and accessing anonymous reporting systems. These efforts also include youth empowerment, as well as outreach and intervention strategies focused on high-risk individuals. The Fund will also support several national organizations that work in this area.
3. Mental health resources and support
The Fund will make grants to organizations and initiatives addressing youth mental health, particularly in relation to school shootings and threats. In this area, we've set a goal of supporting approximately 30 organizations focused on youth mental health.