“The Safer States Initiative enabled us to define and lead a coalition fighting for life-saving legislation and meaningful implementation of existing policies by providing us with strategic program support. They shared crucial, highly informed guidance on a variety of issues, including policy and diversity and equity in data collection and programming. The investment and expertise from the Safer States Initiative has helped us expand our impact as a leader in this issue in Delaware, and nationally.”

– Traci Murphy, Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence




The Safer States Initiative is equipping gun violence prevention leaders in states and communities across the country with the financial resources, policy expertise and capacity they need to continue to create change. Even after great successes with few resources, many state and community GVP leaders and organizations are undervalued and underappreciated. By investing in state and community leaders who already possess the local expertise and relationships needed, we will build partnerships, elevate the people most directly impacted by gun violence within the GVP movement, and create safer states and communities through life-saving policies and laws.





We know that our public health model works, and that effective state and local leaders and organizations exist. As an initiative of the nation’s oldest gun violence prevention organization, we have decades of relationships and knowledge to leverage in support of state and local leaders and organizations.


We also know that building safer states and communities requires diverse voices and partners. The gun violence prevention movement is stronger and can only achieve effective, meaningful change when there is a diversity of perspective and policy ideas at the decision-making table. As we expand capacity and capabilities of state and community partners through the Safer States Initiative, we will also assist them in developing strategies to recruit and advance Black and Brown staff and board members and create equitable policies, programs and partnerships.



Join us in creating safer states and communities through effective, equitable gun violence prevention solutions. Your investment will enable us to build a long-term sustainable initiative that equips gun violence prevention leaders in states across the country with the financial resources, tools and capacity they need to create change. Please contact Director of Development Sarah Rhyins for more information at srhyins@csgv.org.


Download a one-pager on the Safer States Initiative.


We explore the real-world impact of the Safer States Initiative in the online discussion

Investing in Local Leaders: Making America Safer, State-by-State


CSGV’s Director of Policy and Programming Jen Pauliukonis moderates a conversation with Rebecca Fischer, Executive Director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence and Shaina Harrison, Education Director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence about how to enact state-level gun violence prevention solutions.


Opening remarks by U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal

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