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May 23, 2022

Monday, May 23, 2022

Supporting Gun Violence Prevention

For over 25 years, the Joyce Foundation, a CMF member, has supported research and education and focused on evidence-informed policies and strategies to reduce gun violence and help make communities safer through its Gun Violence Prevention & Justice Reform program.  

Through research supported by the foundation, a greater understanding of the intersection between gun violence issues, criminal justice issues and justice reform and the role of policing and accountability and trust in legitimacy in policing led the program to evolve in recent years. 

Joyce’s three-part strategy focuses on gun violence prevention, justice reform and more recently, violence intervention. 

The overall goal of the program’s Gun Violence Prevention focus area is to reduce gun deaths and injuries in the Great Lakes region through:

•    Advancing and implementing federal, state and local policies and practices that reduce easy accessibility of guns to those at risk of violence.

•    Supporting policies to reduce easy accessibility of guns to those at risk of violence.

•    Reducing the next generation’s exposure to gun violence through education on the risks of gun ownership.

•    Litigating to defend evidence-based gun policies and challenge extreme gun rights policies and practices.

Since the launch of the program in 1993, Joyce has invested more than $32 million in support of gun violence prevention research which has led to hundreds of scientific publications providing key insights into the nature of gun violence in the U.S. and its solutions.

Over a decade ago, the foundation helped found the Fund for a Safer Future (FSF), a collaborative of more than 30 funders from across the country focused on preventing gun violence.

The goal of the program’s Justice System Reform focus area is to reduce the harms and racial disparities in the criminal justice system’s response to gun violence. 

“We have been interested in understanding how to develop greater community-police trust and accountability, develop alternatives to reduce incarceration and arrests for non-violent gun offenses and  support efforts to reimagine public safety,” Tim Daly, program director, Gun Violence Prevention & Justice Reform for the Joyce Foundation, chair of the FSF and member of CMF’s Statewide Equity Fund Strategic Support Working Group said. 

Joyce is also a member of the Michigan Justice Fund (MJF), a funder collaborative designed to address inequities in the criminal justice system throughout the state and supported by nearly a dozen CMF members. 

The MJF was created by the Hudson-Webber Foundation and is housed by the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. Dr. Quintin Williams, program officer, Gun Violence Prevention & Justice Reform for the Joyce Foundation, represents the foundation on the fund. 

The final piece of this work is the program’s most recent Violence Intervention focus area, which sits at the intersection of gun violence prevention and justice reform and complements the strategies and priorities of those focus areas. 

Louisa Aviles, senior program officer of the foundation’s Gun Violence Prevention & Justice Reform program, shared that although long-term work supporting the advancement of gun safety policies is important, there are several practical strategies that have emerged that have an immediate impact on community violence. 

These strategies include street outreach, which gets people involved in trying to disrupt growing conflicts that would produce community violence through their lived experiences in those dynamics. 

Hospital-based intervention, which Aviles shared is a strategy anchored in intervening at the point of contact with individuals who have been admitted into hospitals with gunshot wounds in order to prevent reentry or retaliatory violence. 

Other strategies include focused deterrence and cognitive behavioral therapy which are all designed to minimize justice system involvement for young people and reduce gun violence in struggling neighborhoods.

“We are invested in continuing to build a research base around these strategies to better understand what strategies work under what conditions to support the field as this work expands,” Aviles said.  

Last year, Joyce joined the Community Violence Intervention Collaborative (CVIC), as part of President Joe Biden’s strategy to prevent gun crime and ensure public safety, which supports both proven and new intervention strategies that reduce violence and strengthen community-based infrastructure to enhance safety for children, families and communities in an equitable way.

Several CMF members joined CVIC, led by Hyphen, including Ford Foundation, Ballmer Group, W.K. Kellogg Foundation and The Kresge Foundation.

As CMF reported, the Hudson-Webber Foundation awarded funding to Hyphen to bolster the capacity of grassroots Community Violence Intervention organizations in Detroit. 

Joyce has also worked to examine the rise of armed extremists and militias in Michigan and several other states. Recently, the foundation hosted a conversation to discuss the implications of armed militias on democratic institutions in Michigan. 

In 2021, Joyce piloted a new cross-program strategy to respond to the threat of armed extremism and to mitigate its impact on democracy and democratic institutions.

Daly shared that given recent events involving armed extremists and militia activity including the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol and the armed protest at the Michigan state capitol, the pilot program was initiated to understand the potential policy agendas to mitigate these threats, the role philanthropy can play in this work and if there is an opportunity for more research.

With an eye toward the 2022 elections, the foundation has begun awarding funding to prevent any repeat of these events. 

“If militias or other armed extremists prevent the reasonable engagement of government then we can never have an evidence informed policy debate about gun safety or any other issue area that we are all collectively concerned about,” Daly said. 

Daly shared that although gun violence prevention may seem too political or challenging, funders can have a big impact.

“Our 30 years in this field have shown that it may take a while but there are ways to improve the quality of living and mitigate violence,” Daly said. 

Want more?

Learn more about the Joyce Foundation’s Gun Violence Prevention & Justice Reform program. 

Read more about the Fund for a Safer Future. 

Read more about the Community Violence Intervention Collaborative. 





A Guide to the Mackinac Policy Conference

Leaders in philanthropy, business, education and government are traveling to Mackinac Island to gather in person next week for the Detroit Regional Chamber’s 2022 Mackinac Policy Conference.

The 2022 conference will focus on the business community’s changing civic role in polarizing times. 

Conference programming will focus on the areas in which Michigan’s business community can set an example through:

•    Advancing diversity as a strength.

•    Utilizing civility and facts in public discourse.

•    Building a culture of empathy.

•    Advocating for the fundamental tenets of American democracy.

“The past two years have been unimaginably difficult for many communities across our state,” La June Montgomery Tabron, president and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) and member of CMF’s Statewide Equity Fund Strategic Support Working Group said. “The theme of this year’s conference, ‘The Business Community’s Changing Civic Role in Polarizing Times,’ provides us an opportunity to reflect on how we have responded to the multi-layered pandemic and recommit to working in new ways, across geographies, sectors and aisles, to build a robust educational pipeline, widen economic opportunity for all and advance racial equity in our great state. How we come together now will determine what kind of future we can create for Michigan’s children, families and communities. Let’s not allow ourselves to be polarized; let’s be motivated to do better.”  

Tabron and WKKF are among several CMF members hosting sessions on topics relevant to their programmatic areas. They will share insights and information on education, creating economic opportunities, youth voice, supporting Michigan’s working families and children and more.

If you can’t make it to the island, the majority of conference sessions will also be available for viewing on the Detroit Regional Chamber’s website and Detroit Public Television the week of the conference.  

•    June 1 at 9 a.m.: Divided We Fall: Confronting the Perils of Polarization. Rip Rapson, president and CEO of The Kresge Foundation will moderate a conversation with Van Jones, host of CNN and founder of Dream Corps, U.S. Representative Elissa Slotkin and Morela Hernandez, Ligia Ramirez de Reynolds Collegiate Professor of Public Policy and University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

•    June 1 at 10:30 a.m.: Advancing Equitable Workplace Strategies for Michigan’s Success. Hosted by WKKF, Tabron will join Shana Lewis, vice president of Talent Acquisition and Workforce Programs at Trinity Health, Cheryl Bergman, executive director of Michigan Women’s Commission in conversation. This session will be moderated by Candice Fortman, executive director of Outlier Media Detroit. 

•    June 1 at 10:30 a.m.: The Vision of Youth: Engaging Gen Z in Future Building. Angelique Power, president and CEO of the Skillman Foundation will moderate a conversation with several members of the Skillman Foundation’s Youth Advisory Council. 

•    June 2 at 10:55 a.m.: A Discussion with Steve Ballmer and Arm Tellem. In a keynote conversation sponsored by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, Steve Ballmer, co-founder of Ballmer Group will join Arn Tellem, vice chair of Pistons Sports and Entertainment and chair of the 2022 Mackinac Policy Conference. 

•    June 2 at 12:10 p.m.: Community College and the Path to a More Equitable Economy. Dave Egner, president and CEO of the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation and CMF trustee will join panelists Kylee Mitchell Wells, executive director of Ballmer Group Southeast Michigan, Dante Boutell, vice president of Powertrain Design Division and Toyota North America, Curtis Ivery, chancellor of Wayne County Community College District and Kim Trent, deputy director of prosperity at the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity.  

•    June 2 at 1:50 p.m.: Making Michigan More Competitive. Leaders in finance, business and government will join in a two-part conversation. Dug Song, CSO of Cisco Security, co-founder of Duo Security and founder of the Song Foundation, a new CMF member, will take part in the discussion. 

Government officials will lead sessions and keynote addresses including Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. U.S. Representatives Debbie Dingell, Bill Huizenga and Elissa Slotkin will join U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow in conversation.

A key focus of this year’s conference will be around supporting Michigan’s working families and children. 

“We have arrived at the moment where our collective imagination needs to become the blueprint for a more prosperous shared fate for all who call Michigan home,” Tabron said. “When I use the word ‘future,’ I think of Michigan’s children and what they need to thrive in the years ahead. For example, we must expand the Earned Income Tax Credit so that Michigan’s working families can better support our children. We must also ensure that American Rescue Plan Act dollars are equitably distributed in our communities, guaranteeing our most vulnerable populations get the support they deserve. We need to also increase the number of available seats for our youngest learners through the Great Start to Readiness Program, because when children show up to kindergarten ready to learn, they have a higher chance of succeeding in school, in work and in life. Our children and our families need our support now more than ever.”

Several conversations at the MPC will be centered on the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a bipartisan, refundable tax break for working families offered at the federal and state level.
Michigan has one of the lowest percentages based on the federal credit at 6%. It was once 20% but was lowered in 2011. 

As CMF reported, CMF is partnering with Michigan Future and the Michigan League for Public Policy among others in supporting the increase of the state EITC to 30%. Earlier this year, CMF signed on to an EITC support statement.

If you are heading to the Island next week, be sure to join us this afternoon for a virtual preview of key topics at the MPC including how philanthropy can engage in collaborative efforts to support expanding Michigan’s EITC for working families to advance economic security. 

Want more?

View the full agenda. 

CMF will be hosting a brief reception during the conference with CMF members. More details will be shared soon. 

CMF will be sharing the latest from the conference on LinkedIn and Twitter. 

Follow the Detroit Chamber on Twitter for up-to-date information from the conference.





New Census 2020 Data: Unpacking MI Results

The Census Bureau has released the latest results from the 2020 Census Post-Enumeration Survey (PES) revealing undercount or overcount rates at the state level. 

The purpose of the PES is to measure the accuracy of the Census by independently surveying a sample of the population and matching those responses to their records in the 2020 Census. 

A majority of states had no estimated significant rates of undercounts or overcounts, including Michigan. 

These PES results cannot be broken down by demographic characteristics or geographic areas within states due to the limited size of the samples and only measure overall state population.

However, the first release of PES results earlier this year showed specific demographic groups were undercounted.

As CMF reported, the first release of PES results provided estimates of population coverage overall and by demographic groups, such as race and Hispanic origin, as well as age groups and gender.

The results showed that the 2020 Census undercounted people of color, specifically the Black population, the American Indian or Alaska Native population living on a reservation, the Hispanic or Latinx population and people who reported being of “some other race.” 

The first data release came after a comprehensive, multi-year effort by Michigan’s Nonprofits Complete Count Campaign (NPCCC), a state and local effort led by the Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA) and supported by many CMF members, focused on increasing Census participation rates in underrepresented communities in Michigan.

“As we continue to review the results and the accuracy estimates, it is clear that net undercount rates for several historically undercounted groups persisted or increased compared to the 2010 Census. We look forward to working with philanthropy and our state and national partners to inform our work as we prepare for the 2030 Census.” Kelley Kuhn, president and CEO of Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA) said. 

Key findings from the state-specific results:

•    37 states, including Michigan, did not have estimated statistically significant undercounts or overcounts.

o    Michigan had a net coverage error estimate of 0.14%. 

•    14 states are estimated to have had an undercount or overcount – a net coverage error statistically different from zero – meaning they were either undercounted or overcounted.

Census data helps determine how federal funding will be spent on critical federal programs, such as food assistance, housing vouchers, Head Start, healthcare and much more. This data also helps shape economic development projects as businesses use it to help determine where they should locate or expand.

As a result of the 2020 Census, Michigan lost a seat in Congress due to the state’s slow population growth. 

Want more?

The remainder of the PES estimates, including results for housing units, and undercount and overcount rates for Puerto Rico, are scheduled for release in the summer.

Read more about the Post-Enumeration Survey results. 

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