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CeaseFire Pennsylvania Education Fund

aka CeaseFIrePA   |   Philadelphia, PA   |  www.CeaseFirePA.org

Mission

The mission of CeaseFirePA is to end the epidemic of gun violence across the Commonwealth and our country through education, coalition building, and advocacy. Our Work Elevating the Issue of Gun Violence Prevention in Pennsylvania CeaseFirePA is a trusted voice and resource for the public, the media, and policy makers on gun violence and gun violence prevention. We want Pennsylvanians to consistently identify gun violence prevention as a top concern, and have leaders and public policy makers give this issue the attention it deserves. Gun violence is a critical public health issue in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania suffers more than 1400 gun deaths every year, whether by homicide, suicide or unintentional shootings.

Ruling year info

2002

Executive Director

Mr. Adam Garber

Main address

PO Box 60095

Philadelphia, PA 19102 USA

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EIN

71-0884697

NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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We have a serious gun violence problem that demands systemic solutions, focused on regulation, policy, enforcement, economics, education and public health. Our work focuses on policies related to access to and regulation of firearms, but we also engage in efforts and partnerships to address the other facets required to solve this problem.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Western PA Municipality Outreach

We continue our core work of outreach and education on policies to reduce illegal handgun trafficking in Western Pennsylvania towns to council members and mayors, utilizing our highly successful peer-to-peer strategy to reach out to new towns that have serious gun violence problems. We identify local leaders who are speaking out against gun violence in their communities and network with those leaders to provide education, strategy, and support for their efforts. As a result of our efforts, many more Western Pennsylvania municipalities will continue to adopt their own commonsense handgun safety policies to protect their citizens.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We are strongly focused on community outreach and education in communities that suffer from gun violence. We present  to community groups in churches, during crime watch meetings, and community building events. Talking with local citizens gives us valuable insight into the culture of the local community and provides strong direction to our work. We also meet citizens from neighboring communities and are able to begin outreach in new towns where we have not worked. We also are meeting more local advocates who help spread our message throughout Western Pennsylvania. As our visibility increases, individuals seek us out to provide support in their local communities.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The CeaseFirePA Leadership Institute is a comprehensive training and education program designed to enhance the skills, knowledge and confidence of new and experienced gun violence prevention activists0

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents

Where we work

Awards

Humanitarian Award/ Phil Goldsmith, Lynne Honickman 2009

Magee Rehabilitation

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We seek to reduce and work to end gun violence, buy keeping guns out of the hands of those who should not have them. CeaseFirePA is a trusted voice and resource for the public, the media, and policy makers on gun violence and gun violence prevention. We want Pennsylvanians to consistently identify gun violence prevention as a top concern, and have leaders and public policy makers give this issue the attention it deserves.

Gun violence is a critical public health issue in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania suffers more than 1400 gun deaths every year, whether by homicide, suicide or unintentional shootings. PA is one of a growing number of states where we have more gun deaths than deaths due to automobile accidents. Our Resource page has fact and stat sheets about gun violence in PA, domestic violence and guns and suicide and firearms.

Consistent with national data, about 2/3 of the gun deaths in Pennsylvania are suicides. To learn more about why suicide is a critical part of our gun violence problem

Our strategies is to create a strong network of citizen advocates. There is a widespread belief that only experts, or people in positions of power, or those who possess great wealth can affect policy. We are teaching Pennsylvanians that they possess the power of a mass of voting citizens who together can raise their voices for change. We hold educational programs to demystify the citizen activism process and teach the basics of advocacy. We empower partners and individuals to share their opinions and stories and make their voices heard on the issues of gun violence and gun violence prevention.

CeaseFirePA has created a statewide coalition of mayors, police chiefs, faith leaders, community organizations, and individual Pennsylvanians to take a stand against gun violence. Through outreach, education, coalition building, and advocacy, we work to reduce gun violence and gun tragedies in our communities, stop the flow of illegal guns onto our streets, and keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them.

We have grown the number of Pennsvyania's taking action, we have had success in schools teaching young people how their government works and taking them to our State Capitol so that their voices are heard. We have been successful at building and growing our coalition.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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CeaseFire Pennsylvania Education Fund

Board of directors
as of 02/02/2023
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Board chair

Ms. Alicia Chaitkin

Eden Hall Foundation

Term: 2020 - 2022

Shawn Kraemer

Harriet Weiss

Karen Buck

Jill Zipin

Howard Levin

Karen Buck

Lila Roomberg

David Ellowitch

Alicia Chaitkin

Kathy Ocroch

Dave Scholnick

Helen Tai

Adam Kessler

J. Richard Gray

Andrea Kesack

Timothy Lewis

Ellen Brookstein

Todd Underwood

Laura Morris

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes