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 Open Education program at the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition
The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), a fiscally sponsored project of New Venture Fund, is a nonprofit advocacy group that supports systems for research and education that are open by default and equitable by design. With this grant, SPARC will continue to advance open education by building capacity through libraries, promoting structural change in policy and the marketplace, and supporting strategic collaboration. The outcome will be greater opportunities for the use of open educational resources and practices in North American higher education, which will enable more equitable and effective educational experiences for students. (Substrategy: Sustainable Systems)
for Project Unloaded
This grant supports Project Unloaded, a fiscally sponsored project of the New Venture Fund. The mission of Project Unloaded is to create a new cultural narrative that guns make us less safe. Through creative and cultural campaigns, Project Unloaded establishes safe spaces for open conversations about guns and provides accurate information about gun safety to inspire the next generation to choose on their own terms not to own and use guns. Grant funds would support Project Unloaded’s social media campaigns to reach teens throughout the U.S. Funding would also support youth engagement via Project Unloaded’s community partner program and national youth council.