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Investing in policies to advance
racial equity & economic mobility
for the next generation.

Education and Economic Mobility

Increase economic mobility through equitable access to high-quality education and jobs.

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Address long-term environmental challenges facing the next generation in the Great Lakes region.

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Gun Violence Prevention and Justice Reform

Building safe and just communities in the Great Lakes region.

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Promoting an informed, engaged and representative democracy.

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Inspire creativity and cultural stewardship in the next generation and foster culturally vibrant, equitable, and sustainable communities.

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Policies Informed by Evidence

The Joyce Foundation invests in reforming public policies and systems to improve the lives of people in the Great Lakes region and beyond. One of our chief considerations in deciding what to fund is the likelihood that our resources can make a difference. So we invest significantly in research and studies to gather facts and data that not only help shape policy development, but also provide evidence advocates can cite in making the case for reform.

  • Datapoint Diploma

    By 2020, about 65 percent of U.S. jobs will require a postsecondary credential, according to experts.

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  • Datapoint Equality

    Significant racial disparities persist in college attainment and all students do not have access to colleges of the same quality.

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  • Datapoint 11

    Research shows that helping high school students complete rigorous college coursework and engage in career planning and exploration improves their college readiness and career success.

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  • Datapoint Teacher

    High-quality elementary and high school teachers and principals improve student outcomes.

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  • Datapoint 07

    Clean energy is one of our fastest-growing industries, employing 599,775 people in the Midwest.

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  • Datapoint Faucet

    Removing leaded drinking water service lines from the homes of children born in 2018 would protect more than 350,000 children and yield $1.33 per dollar invested.

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  • Datapoint Background Check

    Stronger background checks save lives. A permit-to-purchase handgun law was associated with 40 percent drop in gun homicides.

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  • Datapoint Two Thirds

    Nearly 2/3 of gun deaths in the U.S. are from suicide.

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  • Datapoint 12

    74 percent of African-Americans and Hispanics believe sensible gun laws can help reduce the number of people in prison.

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Ellen Alberding

Ellen S. Alberding,
President, The Joyce Foundation

"With young people of color driving population growth in the region, policy must support their success in education, careers, and community, their health and safety. Our region’s future depends on it."


25 Years of Gun Violence Prevention Research Grant Making

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Today was a big day for democracy. Here’s a look at the Supreme Court decisions and what’s next.

Today’s Supreme Court actions reached markedly divergent decisions on two cases in which there were questions of whether the government acted in bad faith. In the redistricting case, Rucho v. Common Cause, the Supreme Court essentially said it cannot rule on when partisan gerrymandering goes too far because that is...

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Solutions to America's Gun Violence Epidemic - Academic Researchers Weigh In

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