The Joyce Foundation, with support from New Venture Fund, recently established the Fund for a Safer Future aimed at collaboratively supporting research and developing strategies to reduce U.S. gun violence. Since the mid-1990s, U.S. government-sponsored research on gun violence has been effectively banned. The lack of empirical evidence—on issues ranging from risk factors for gun violence, to the efficacy of proposed federal and state policies, to gun dealer behavior—hampers efforts at reducing gun violence. With this grant, New Venture Fund, with strategic oversight from the Joyce Foundation and other experts, will fund additional studies aimed at improving the evidence base to help understand the sources of and, eventually, to reduce U.S. gun violence.
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Grants to this Grantee
for the Climate Equity Communications Accelerator Program
The New Venture Fund is the fiscal sponsor for the Climate Equity Communications Accelerator Program. The Climate Equity Communications Accelerator will strengthen the communications capacity of nonprofit climate justice organizations and the broader climate justice field by integrating robust communications and narrative strategies into organizations, coalitions, and policy campaigns in target states.
for the Climate and Clean Energy Equity Fund
The New Venture Fund’s Climate and Clean Energy Equity Fund will support groups in select states and cities working to transition to a clean energy future in ways that promote economic, social, and environmental justice — minimizing risks and maximizing benefits to low-income communities. The Fund’s climate equity framework addresses the need to broaden the base of support for climate action in order to accelerate the pace of change. The Fund will help organizations grow their memberships, strengthen their organizing skills, and build their capacity to advocate for strong clean-energy and climate policies.
for the Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN) project
The Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN) Challenge Fund is a fiscally sponsored project of the New Venture Fund. The PIT-UN Challenge Fund project is aimed at building a foundation of public interest technology by supporting universities’ efforts to develop new programs in this area. Such programs can train graduates for careers in public, private, or nonprofit technology work and mix the skills that are vital for successful technology project research, development, and implementation. This multi-funder project is to support the development of Public Interest Technology programs within academia.