The Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities, a coalition of thirty Chicago-based philanthropic organizations committed to reducing gun violence in the city, has announced that its members have pledged to invest a total of $30 million in its first year.
Launched by funders of the Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities, which in 2016 made direct investments in a hundred neighborhoods, the partnership hopes to lay the foundation for a meaningful reduction in gun violence over the next two to three years. To that end, the partner organizations will coordinate their efforts around four key strategies — intervening with likely victims and perpetrators through street outreach, constructive policing interventions, cognitive behavioral therapy, and jobs; increasing the Chicago Police Department's legitimacy and effectiveness through improved training, better police-community relations, and reforms; strengthening gun laws to reduce the availability of illegal firearms; and supporting grassroots community-based organizations across seventeen neighborhoods working to strengthen community bonds, crowd out violence, and promote constructive engagement with law enforcement.
The partnership includes the Chicago Community Trust and the Joyce, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur, Polk Bros, and Robert R. McCormick foundations. In July, MacArthur awarded $2.6 million to local direct-service organizations in support of interventions, outreach, and connection youth to services and jobs.