$50 for 50 by 50 #39: Stop Handgun Violence

I’m turning 50 this year and instead of whining about it, I’m trying to do something positive by donating $50 to 50 different charities before I’m 50 years old.

Stop Handgun Violence is a non-profit organization committed to the prevention of gun violence through education, public awareness, effective law enforcement and common sense gun laws.

With 88 gun deaths in the U.S. everyday—more than Columbine and Virginia Tech combined—it’s time we start putting lives before politics.

We are not calling for restrictions to our Constitutional Rights, but just common sense legislation that will help save lives.

Help us prevent firearm violence through public awareness, sensible legislation and support for law enforcement – without banning guns.

Learn more at stophandgunviolence.org.

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$50 for 50 by 50 #38: States United to Prevent Gun Violence

I’m turning 50 this year and instead of whining about it, I’m trying to do something positive by donating $50 to 50 different charities before I’m 50 years old.

States United to Prevent Gun Violence is a grassroots network of 30 state affiliates working to make our communities and families safer. As part of our 50 State Solution to end gun violence, we support existing state-based gun violence prevention groups and bring new partners into the movement. Through cooperative efforts with our 30 state groups – and our combined 150,000 grassroots supporters – we are working to build healthy communities by reducing gun death and injury through stronger laws, community education and grassroots action.

WHAT WE STAND FOR

Americans have the right to be safe in our homes, schools, and communities and to live in a country free from the fear, loss, and grief caused by gun violence. States United and its grassroots affiliates are unified in a state-by-state and national effort to:

  • Make all Americans safer by keeping guns out of the hands of felons, terrorists and the violent mentally ill through background checks for all gun purchases.
  • Keep women and children safer by keeping guns out of the hands of domestic abusers.
  • Protect families by demanding that gun-owners take responsibility and keep guns in the home locked, unloaded and safely stored.
  • Educate parents and children to talk about the risk and dangers of gun violence in the home and on our streets.
  • Prevent mass shootings by banning military-style weapons from our communities.

WHAT WE DO

As the umbrella organization of 30 unique state groups, States United provides vital resources and support to help each state work effectively and intelligently. Additionally, we work on the national level to raise public awareness and engage our supporters in the ongoing conversation about gun violence in America.

We:

  • Develop effective policy initiatives and best practices for gun safety.
  • Organize local action to highlight gun violence impact in the community.
  • Keep close watch on dangerous gun lobby policies and proposals.
  • Communicate effectively with community leaders, the public and the media.
  • Contribute fact-based input to local elected representatives and members of Congress about stronger gun laws.
  • Assist our state groups in engaging supporters with a shared online communications system for emails, action alerts, petitions and fundraising.
  • Collaborate with our organizational allies to maximize advocacy impact and create positive change.
  • Connect our state groups to resources for building coalitions and grassroots activism within the GVP movement.
  • Provide technical support support for website development, action alert creation and social media toolkits.

Learn more at ceasefireusa.org

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$50 for 50 by 50 #37: Horizons Foundation

I’m turning 50 this year and instead of whining about it, I’m trying to do something positive by donating $50 to 50 different charities before I’m 50 years old.

Horizons Foundation is a community foundation rooted in and dedicated to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, and we exist to:

  • Mobilize and increase resources for the LGBT movement and organizations that secure the rights, meet the needs, and celebrate the lives of LGBT people.
  • Empower individual donors and promote giving as an integral part of a healthy, compassionate community.
  • Steward a permanently endowed fund through which donors can make legacy gifts to ensure our community’s capacity to meet the future needs of LGBT people.

Horizons Foundation envisions a world where all people live free from prejudice and discrimination, and where LGBT people contribute to and thrive in a vibrant, diverse, giving, and compassionate community.

To learn more visit horizonsfoundation.org.