Addressing Philadelphia’s Gun Violence Epidemic

As of September 15, there have been 360 fatal and 1,354 non-fatal shootings in Philadelphia. This represents a 5% increase year-to-date in gun violence compared to 2021, which was the city’s deadliest year in at least half a century. Beyond the physical and mental consequences for victims and survivors, firearm violence has a significant impact on the surrounding communities that bear witness to these incidents. Only 21% of shootings in 2022 have an associated court case, suggesting that the criminal justice system, which has limited ability to address the root causes of gun violence, offers an insufficient remedy to this crisis. Fortunately, many other key stakeholders—such as public health practitioners, community organizers, advocates, media, foundations, and concerned citizens—are committed to addressing Philadelphia’s gun violence crisis through a multidisciplinary lens.

Over the last several years, the Stoneleigh Foundation has built a growing portfolio of investments focused on gun violence, including:

We believe that meaningful and effective efforts to address gun violence must integrate a broad array of strategies and stakeholders working collaboratively to accomplish specific and clearly articulated goals.

Building on those efforts, the Stoneleigh Foundation launched our Gun Violence Public Voice Strategy in July, with the goal of leveraging our institutional influence and elevating our voice on the gun violence epidemic and its impacts on youth, young adults, and families in Philadelphia.

Addressing Philadelphia's Gun Violence Epidemic Virtual Convening Series

Join the Stoneleigh Foundation for an action-oriented virtual convening series featuring expert researchers, practitioners, organizers, and advocates who will examine the urgent gun violence epidemic from a wide array of perspectives and explore evidence-based solutions to this crisis.

Virtual Convening 1
Perspectives on Gun Violence: Schools, Police, Community & Public Health
Join the Stoneleigh Foundation for a panel discussion about the impacts of and solutions to Philadelphia’s gun violence epidemic from an education, law enforcement, public health, and community perspective.
Thursday, November 10 | 3:30-5:00pm

Virtual Convening 2
Changing the Narrative on Gun Violence: The Role of Media
Join the Stoneleigh Foundation for a panel discussion about the importance of changing the narrative in gun violence reporting and the role of news media in reducing trauma, educating the public, and elevating solutions.
Tuesday, December 6 | 3:30-5:00pm

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2023-25 Emerging Leader Fellowship

The Stoneleigh Foundation is seeking applications from nonprofit, academic, and public sector organizations that are interested in hosting an Emerging Leader Fellowship focused on addressing gun violence from a policy, practice, research, advocacy, organizing, or communications lens.

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