One of The Minneapolis Foundation’s most important roles is to bring people together to tackle our community’s most pressing challenges. That’s why we recently established the Fund for Safe Communities to address and prevent gun violence.
Last month’s mass shooting in Parkland, Florida added 17 names to the long list of people killed by guns in communities across the nation, including ours. It’s an epidemic that has plagued our country for far too long. Since the Parkland shooting, Americans have been roiled with sadness, anger and a renewed sense of urgency to break the cycle of violence.
At The Minneapolis Foundation, one sign of hope we see today is the many young people—in our community and across the nation—who are standing up to demand action. Their leadership and courage deserves support, which is why the Fund for Safe Communities will particularly focus on investments in youth-led efforts to end gun violence.
Contributing to the Fund for Safe Communities is one way to invest in this work, but we know that money alone won’t solve this problem. The Minneapolis Foundation has a long history of convening people and organizations to debate, identify and fund solutions to some of our community’s toughest problems, and we know that the best ideas are most likely to emerge when everyone takes part in the discussion. We want to hear from you. Please use the form below to share your ideas about the people and organizations who are making a difference on gun violence.