Most of us woke up on January 1, 2021, optimistic, inspired, and hopeful, despite all that we have endured and witnessed in 2020. Unfortunately, like the rest of the country we sat glued to our TVs on January 6, once again filled with outrage, fear, and overwhelming despair. What happened on Wednesday was a travesty, one of the greatest stains on our country’s history. READ THE FULL STATEMENT HERE.
The mission of the Hope and Heal Fund is to harness the collective power of individuals, communities, corporate leaders, government and philanthropy to ensure homes and communities in California are safe and free from death, injury, and trauma due to gun violence.
Safe homes and safe communities With gun violence claiming over 35,000 lives in California in the past decade, there is a vital need for a collaborative approach to keep our homes and communities free and safe from gun violence.
Inclusion Prioritize diversity, equity, inclusion and transparency in grantmaking, leadership and management opportunities
Collaboration Promote and leverage collective action and lead from a place of strength to make change
Trust Follow community-led efforts to reduce gun deaths, injuries and trauma
Leadership Leverage our investments for collective action to create opportunities for change
Hope Instill optimism about the future – gun violence is not inevitable, it’s preventable
Healing Help communities heal the wounds and trauma from gun violence by taking action together
Funders Across California Came Together To End Gun Violence In the wake of the tragic shooting in San Bernardino in 2015, the ENOUGH Summit was held to bring a diverse group of funders and community leaders from across the state together to talk about how to address the gun violence epidemic in California. The Hope and Heal Fund emerged from the ENOUGH Summit as the first and only collaborative fund solely dedicated to the prevention of gun violence in California.
Since launching in December 2016, Hope and Heal Fund has invested over $1 million in best practices and strategic solutions to prevent and interrupt gun violence in all forms — suicide, domestic violence and community violence. The Hope and Heal Fund works with community leaders and thought leaders to provide communities with the actionable data, resources and capacity to achieve success.
Led By Executive Director Brian MalteBrian Malte is a nationally recognized leader in the gun violence prevention movement. Over the course of his 25-year career, Brian has led community-based movements as well as strategic political campaigns for sensible gun reforms.
Having been a successful community organizer who helped pass many of California’s effective gun laws and build local capacity, and serving as the National Policy Director for Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Brian now spearheads the philanthropic movement to increase support to local violence prevention organizations and to community advocates working to end gun violence.
Brian became one of the country’s most familiar spokesmen for the burgeoning gun violence prevention movement. He has been a featured speaker at many state and national conferences and routinely provides expert analysis to news outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Al Jazeera, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, NPR and Mother Jones.Read Hope and Heal's Blog