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The Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities


8/30/2017

Overview

The Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities (the Partnership) is a coalition of philanthropic organizations committed to reducing gun violence in Chicago by aligning their grantmaking and collaborating with community, public and private sector leaders and organizations to make significant progress toward the common goal of reducing gun violence and creating the conditions for long-term peace and safety. The Partnership has committed to collectively investing more than $30M across its strategies in the first year. Because several of the initial strategies could scale with available resources, members are actively working to identify additional funding sources.

For more, visit the official PSPC website at http://safeandpeaceful.org/.

Letter to Community Leaders Announcing the Partnership

Dear Friends: 

Chicago’s gun violence crisis requires all of us to make community safety a priority. Last year, following a decade of progress in reducing violence, Chicago suffered more than 4,000 shootings and nearly 800 homicides, a level of violence unheard of since the 1990s. The trend continues in 2017. It must stop, and all of us have a role to play. 

There is so much to do, but it is heartening that so many are stepping up to meet the challenge. Families, community and religious leaders, church groups, local organizations and others are working to make blocks and neighborhoods safer throughout the city. Organizations are reaching out to individuals at risk of violence with jobs and services. Reforms are underway at the Police Department. Adding to these urgent responses is the Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities, a coalition of more than 30 Chicago funders and foundations committed to aligning their funding to support proven and promising approaches to reducing violence. 

Starting in 2016, informed by longstanding work by many organizations—large and small—to address root causes of gun violence, several foundations supported the operations of the Police Accountability Task Force and made direct investments in more than 100 neighborhood organizations in communities most affected by violence. As the Partnership has grown, members have invested in additional strategies. Our hope is that by coming together to support work across Chicago, especially in communities at greatest risk, we will help strengthen programs and lay the foundation for a meaningful reduction in gun violence over the next two to three years. Members of the Partnership are working together to coordinate their individual investments in four key strategies:

  • Intervening with likely victims and perpetrators through street outreach, constructive policing interventions, cognitive behavioral therapy and jobs.
  • Increasing legitimacy for and effectiveness of the Chicago Police Department through improved training, better police-community relations, greater community voice in the design and operations of police accountability structures, and other reforms.
  • Strengthening gun laws to reduce the availability of illegal firearms.
  • Supporting 120 grassroots community-based organizations for events and projects in 2017 across 17 Chicago community areas to foster stronger community bonds, crowd out violence and promote constructive engagement with law enforcement.

To date, members have committed more than $30 million to support and coordinate work on these strategies. Along with commitments from many other groups, and ongoing investments from city, county, state and federal government agencies, the greater Chicago community is responding to the crisis of gun violence, and we can all help. Still, the magnitude and urgency of the challenge demand much more.

We know you are someone who cares deeply about Chicago’s future. If you are an employer, you can hire young people at risk. If you are a community leader, you can help improve police-community relations. If you are a health care provider, you can support trauma-informed care to gun violence victims. If you are a funder, you can support any one of these efforts. 

Whatever you do, your voice matters when you speak up in support of policies that can make our neighborhoods safer.

In the months ahead, we will keep you informed about ongoing Partnership activities and Chicago’s progress in reducing gun violence. We are working on a website that can serve as an information hub, and will let you know when it is live. In the meantime, if you have questions, please contact hello@safeandpeaceful.org.

Thank you for what you have done already and what you will do in the future to support this important work.

Sincerely,
The Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities


Members of the Partnership:

Advocate Bethany Community Health Fund
The Albert Pick Jr. Fund
The Alvin H. Baum Family Fund
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois
The Chicago Community Trust
Chicago CRED
The Field Foundation of Illinois
Irving Harris Foundation
Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
The Joyce Foundation
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Krehbiel Family Foundation
Lefkofsky Family Foundation
Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
The Michael Reese Health Trust
Motorola Solutions Foundation
Polk Bros. Foundation
Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation
Pritzker Traubert Foundation
Robert R. McCormick Foundation
Spikeball
Steans Family Foundation
United Way of Metro Chicago
Woods Fund Chicago