The Joyce Foundation announced $1,623,401 in grants to anti-gun rights organizations for their summer grant cycle. This is in addition to $484,044 in grants made in the Spring cycle.
The Summer recipients of grants are:
Ceasefire Pennsylvania Education Fund
To support the engagement of Pennsylvania citizens at the grassroots level in forty targeted municipalities.
$50,000.00 – 4 months
Legal Community Against Violence
San Francisco, CA
To support its state legislative tracking project.
$33,000.00 – 4 months
Media Matters for America
To support a gun and public safety issue initiative.
$400,000.00 – 24 months
Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence
To build support for gun violence prevention policy in Ohio.
$55,000.00 – 6 months
Police Executive Research Forum
To support a national study of gun enforcement practices among state and local law enforcement agencies.
$70,401.00 – 12 months
President and Fellows of Harvard College
To conduct and promote firearms research, disseminate research findings, provide technical assistance to advocates, police and others, and to conduct the ‘Means Matter’ campaign.
$600,000.00 – 12 months
States United to Prevent Gun Violence
To provide organizational development support and web/tech training and support to strengthen state gun violence prevention organizations.
$100,000.00 – 6 months
WAVE Educational Fund
To support the Wisconsin Gun Violence Prevention Project.
$315,000.00 – 12 months
The Spring recipients include:
American College of Preventive Medicine
To continue its comprehensive education and advocacy campaign aimed at strengthening support for the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) program.
$204,094.00 – 12 months
Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence
To support national and state coalition building and state-based policy development, education, and advocacy in ongoing campaigns to end gun violence.
$125,000 – 12 months
Research Foundation of City University of New York
New York, NY
To fund the Center on Media, Crime and Justice at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice to develop in-depth and well-researched journalism on issues related to gun violence.
$79,950.00 – 12 months
The Center for Public Integrity
To fund a series of investigative reports on the gun industry lobby in America.
$75,000.00 – 12 months
Two things stand out to me in this list of grants. First, the Joyce Foundation is trying to influence journalism in the same manner that they have tried to influence legal studies. That is, by giving grants to sympathetic non-profits and journalists, they hope to have a slew of “gun violence” stories dumped upon a somewhat lazy and sympathetic press. The Joyce Foundation is spending over a half million dollars to do this.
Second, they are spending even more money – $800,000 – to influence the collection and reporting of medical data through their grants to the Harvard School of Public Health and the American College of Preventive Medicine. I think their feeling is that since Congress has clamped down on misleading epidemiological “research” coming out of the Centers for Disease Control, then they will just go another route. The medical profession is still one of the most respected in America. People listen to their doctors. I think Joyce is trying to tailor the information that is provided to the nation’s primary care physicians so as to promote their gun control efforts.