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 |  4520 MAIN ST STE 1100 Kansas City MO 64111-7700

Grandparents Against Gun Violence is headquartered in Kansas City, MO, and is a 501(c)(3) organization. EIN: 47-4529133.  Donations are tax-deductible. The IRS' NTEE classification is Alliance/Advocacy Organizations within the Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy category. The IRS ruling year for tax exemption was 2015.

(Source: IRS Business Master File and Form 990)

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Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

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What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

Decreased suicide attempts and completions by firearm, especially involving children and teens.Decreased unintentional shootings, especially involving children and teens.Increased number of people who lock their firearms.Better background checks and other common-sense solutions directed at purchasing firearms.A change in attitude and behavior about gun violence.

What are your strategies for making this happen?

Educate community members by communicating the message effectively, non-judgmentally and in a non-threatening environment.Provide free, high-quality cable gun locks, along with demonstrations of their usage, especially in high risk communities.Expand the annual Community Forum to widen our audience and support.Facilitate monthly meetings to share ideas, develop volunteers and leaders.Partner with other community members and organizations to build support and increase the demand for change.

What are your organization's capabilities for doing this?

GAGV has continually grown in all areas, and shows no sign of slowing down. Our core is strong and we are in the process of developing leaders who will continue working to fulfill our mission.Our message of wanting to keep our children safe is not challenged by anyone.The number of shootings continues to grow, especially in parts of our service area. Additionally, the number of suicides is rising and more people are becoming concerned and want to be involved.

How will your organization know if you are making progress?

GAGV will stay abreast of data provided by the CDC as well as local police departments, emergency rooms, and other reliable sources. We hope to see a downturn in the numbers, especially those affecting children and teens.GAGV will review research statistics such as homes with unlocked guns, etc. If we can distribute 3000 gun locks over the next 3 years, we expect to impact the number of unlocked guns on a local level. Our participation in a research project directed by Dr. Shayla Sullivant of Children's Mercy Hospital will provide an indication of the behavior changes among those receiving gun locks at our events. Our growing membership and participation numbers will demonstrate increasing support.

What have and haven't you accomplished so far?

GAGV has become a known, well-reputed organization in our area. We have helped create a Heartland Coalition against Gun Violence representing over 10,000 people. We have hosted well-known, inspiring speakers to present at our Community Forums.We have partnered with dozens of area organizations that are concerned with gun violence and have the ability to directly reach high risk communities. Regarding what we need to do, GAGV needs to develop and implement a sustainability plan, including fund development. We need to ensure that a core group of committed volunteer will continue to work toward fulfilling our mission.


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