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Funding Opportunities to Reduce Violence

The Alliance for Safety and Justice, a crime prevention and victim support organization, released a report detailing the grant opportunities for community-focused safety and violence prevention as a result of the $1.9 trillion stimulus and COVID-19 relief bill.

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Applying Contribution Analysis in Policy and Advocacy settings

The Center for Evaluation Innovation has released a brief by Laura Hopkins summarizing tools and tips for implementing contribution analysis.

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Voter Engagement Messaging and Activities for Private Foundations

The Alliance for Justice’s Bolder Advocacy initiative has released a new collection of resources specifically geared to help private foundations get engaged in the upcoming election. Private foundations can help get out the vote in a number of ways and these guides clarify what activities are permissible.

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Gun Violence Prevention Infographic (2018)

Gun violence is a public health crisis in the United States, with approximately 120,000 Americans injured or killed by guns each year. GIH surveyed Funding Partners in June 2018 to explore investments in gun violence prevention and found that health funders who support gun violence prevention efforts are investing in a wide range of prevention strategies, including support for high-risk populations and policy advocacy. The survey results have been compiled into a one-page summary infographic.

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Cone Health Foundation is Taking the Long View: Public Policy Advocacy

To date, Cone Health Foundation has made grant investments of $86 million, spread over 1,500 grants in four priority areas (access to care, adolescent pregnancy prevention, HIV, and mental health and substance use disorders).

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Riding Wild Horses: Philanthropic Strategy in An Era of Unpredictable Health Policy

In 2015, Montana passed bipartisan legislation to expand Medicaid for low-income adults. The new coverage went into effect in January 2016. Within a year, Montana’s uninsured rate dropped from 15 to 7.4 percent and more than 30,000 thousand newly-insured people had already obtained preventive services.

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2018 Annual Conference Plenary Remarks: Elisabeth Arenales

Elisabeth Arenales of the Colorado Center on Law and Policy’s Health Program accepts the 2018 Andy Hyman Award for Advocacy.

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Violence Is Preventable

Mass shootings command public attention, but for too many Americans violence is a threat that must be confronted every day. Violent crime, although low relative to historical rates, has risen in recent years and disproportionally affects poor, racially segregated, urban neighborhoods (U.S. Department of Justice 2017; U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development 2016).

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Three Ways Foundations Can Navigate Changing Political Tides

In today’s turbulent climate, when shifting political winds and policy changes go hand-in-hand with ever-expanding health care needs across the country, how can health funders be strategically effective?

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Staying the Course in Turbulent Waters

Managing change is hard, but managing uncertainty can be even harder. This sentiment captures the challenges health funders have faced while navigating the roiling health policy debates of the 115th Congress.

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A Model for Advocacy: How One Foundation’s Unconventional Investment is Shaping Health Policy

The Colorado Health Foundation’s unprecedented journey to creating and endowing Healthier Colorado —a nationally unique 501(c)(4) organization—arose when the Foundation began its transition from a public charity to a private foundation in 2011.

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Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Challenges of and Recommendations for Tracking Local Policy

If you advocate for, research, evaluate, or fund policy change, a local policy database will enrich and facilitate your work.

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