FAQ

  • What is the Mission of Sandy Hook Promise?

    Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is comprised of two nonprofit corporations – SHP Foundation and SHP Action Fund.

    SHP Foundation’s mission is to prevent gun-related deaths due to crime, suicide and accidental discharge so that no other parent experiences the senseless, horrific loss of their child. We will achieve this by educating and empowering parents, schools and communities on mental health & wellness programs that identify, intervene and help at-risk individuals and gun safety practices that ensure that firearms are kept safe and secure.

    SHP Action Fund’s mission is to enact sensible gun violence prevention laws, policy and regulations at a state and federal level, in the areas of mental health & wellness and gun safety that result in the reduction of gun-related death and injury. We will achieve this by engaging, organizing and mobilizing our national base of Promise Makers and Leaders at a state and federal level.

  • What makes Sandy Hook Promise different from similar organizations?

    Social change is created by policy, political, legal, programmatic and grassroots change.  While there are numerous organizations focused on political, policy and mobilizing for change, no one is focused on programmatic, community-based change and grassroots organizing.  Additionally, organizations are focused on the gun – SHP believes change will happen when we focus on mental health & wellness and gun safety.  Finally, SHP is a moderate voice that attracts and engages the sensible center.  Without this important and influential group – we will not achieve sustained change.

    SHP does not believe in naming, shaming or disparaging opposing views.  It instead invites those views to talk openly to find common ground.  This position has allowed SHP to approach and discuss solutions with individuals from both sides of gun violence prevention … something most existing groups cannot do.

  • What is the organizational breakdown of Sandy Hook Promise?

    Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is comprised of two nonprofit corporations – SHP Foundation and SHP Action Fund.  This website refers to the two organizations collectively under the one name, Sandy Hook Promise.

    Two organizations allow us to fulfill our overall mission of gun violence prevention through non-policy and policy means while meeting IRS regulations.

    SHP Foundation and Action Fund have overlapping, though not identical, Boards of Directors and Officers. SHP Foundation and the Action Fund will observe appropriate corporate formalities (for example, separate accounts, reporting, by-laws and charter) and any allocation of shared assets or staff will be performed in accordance with a formally set Cost-Sharing Agreement, which ensures that the Foundation does not subsidize any of the activities of the Action Fund or vice versa.

  • What are SHP’s achievements? How have donations been used so far?

    Please click here for SHP impact and achievements. For the most current updates and news, we invite you to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr

  • How was Sandy Hook Promise formed?

    Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) was formed in the days immediately following the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School where 20 first graders and six adults were killed.  From the moment it was formed, the goal was to create an organization for family members, if they chose, to have a platform to lead the change they wanted to see so that no other parent experiences the senseless, horrific loss of their child.

  • Who are the leaders of Sandy Hook Promise (SHP)?

    SHP Foundation and Action Fund are led and governed by a two separate, committed Board of Directors. 

    These organizations have overlapping, though not identical, Boards of Directors and Officers. SHP Foundation and the Action Fund will observe appropriate corporate formalities (for example, separate accounts, reporting, by-laws and charter) and any allocation of shared assets or staff will be performed in accordance with a formally set Cost-Sharing Agreement, which ensures that the Foundation does not subsidize any of the activities of the Action Fund or vice versa.

    We continue to add Board of Directors and Advisory Council members to both organizations. If you have an interest in a role, email tim.makris@sandyhookpromise.org.

    SHP Staff

    • Mark Barden - Co-Founder, Managing Director and Father of Daniel who was killed on 12/14/12
    • Nicole Hockley - Co-Founder, Managing Director and Mother of Dylan who was killed on 12/14/12
    • Timothy Makris - Co-Founder, Managing Director
    • James Belden - Co-Founder, Operations Director
    • Joe Tyrian - Financial Director
    • Paula Fynboh - National Field Director
    • Betsy Gaier - Volunteer and Office Coordinator
    • Mary Hamilton - Program Director
    • Ellie Hayes - Field Organizer
    • Irene Ryan  - Finance Manager
    • Alexa Tomassi - Social Media Manager
    • Carol Wolf - Senior Development Manager
  • Does Sandy Hook Promise represent families impacted on 12.14?

    SHP does not represent any family, first responder, teacher, staff or the Newtown / Sandy Hook community at large. 

  • What happens when I Make The Promise?

    When you Make The Promise, you will join hundreds of thousands of Americans who promise the same. In making this promise, you will:

    1. Receive notice of accomplishments, news, and other activities within the Sandy Hook Promise organization.
    2. Be invited to participate in events, campaigns, and promotions, at both the legislative and non-legislative level, focused on common sense solutions to gun violence in your city, state, and community.
    3. Help ensure that Sandy Hook Promise has the support and resources needed to achieve our short and long-term goals as we work towards our mission of a safer world for all our children.

    SHP has a strict privacy policy. Your name or contact information will not be shared with any outside groups or third parties.

  • How can I help or get involved.

    While Sandy Hook Promise was founded by citizens of Newtown, we are a national grassroots organization and we welcome your active participation no matter where you live. 

    Please click here to learn about how you can get involved with SHP.

  • Are donations to Sandy Hook Promise tax deductible?

    Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is comprised of two nonprofit corporations – SHP Foundation and SHP Action Fund.  

    • SHP Foundation contributions ARE tax deductible.
    • SHP Action Fund contributions ARE NOT tax deductible.
  • How is my donation being used to prevent gun violence?

    You can make a donation to any or all of the Sandy Hook Promise organizations. 

    1. Sandy Hook Promise Foundation 

    1. Raise awareness and educate Americans on the causes of gun violence, with a specific focus on mental health & wellness and gun safety.
    2. Build a national network of Promise Leaders committed to implementing local, state, and national change via our prevention programs.
    3. Bring experts together in real and virtual roundtables to identify sensible community based solutions, programs, and best practices.
    4. Develop and deliver researched based programs, at no cost, to parents, schools and community organizations
    5. Offset costs associated with operationally supporting the above initiatives via fundraising and standard administrative costs

    2. Sandy Hook Promise Action Fund

    Contributions will be used to help influence legislation (lobby) for state and federal policy changes, via our national base of Promise Makers and Leaders in the areas of mental health & wellness and gun safety.

    Examples of actions / costs that would be incurred include (but are not limited to) raising awareness, educating, engaging, meeting with legislators and/or constituents, research and preparation, advertising, paid-media, events, campaigns, social media and/or standard administrative costs.

    Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) Foundation and Action Fund have overlapping, though not identical, Boards of Directors and Officers. SHP Foundation and the Action Fund will observe appropriate corporate formalities (for example, separate accounts, reporting, by-laws and charter) and any allocation of shared assets or staff will be performed in accordance with a formally set Cost-Sharing Agreement, which ensures that the Foundation does not subsidize any of the activities of the Action Fund or vice versa.

     

     

  • Where does Sandy Hook Promise stand in regards to gun safety and responsibility policy?

    Sandy Hook Promise Action Fund, the legislative organization of SHP, advocates for the creation and enforcement of existing gun violence prevention laws, policy and regulations in the areas of

    • Mental Health & Wellness – identification, intervention and help for individuals who may want to hurt themselves or others. 
    • Gun Safety – ensuring that those who should not have access to a firearm are restricted and that all firearms are kept safe and secure at all times from children and teens.
    • Gun Lethality - reduction in the lethality of firearms – specifically in the area of magazine size.
    • Research – funding needs to be provided for research to identify evidenced-based policy and non-policy programs. 

    For a complete legislative platform, please visit legislative platform fact sheet.

  • What is SHP’s position on gun owner’s rights and freedoms?

    We support the 2nd Amendment. We recognize an individual's right to bear arms and support millions of law-abiding citizens in the United States who own firearms. We also believe with rights come responsibilities that gun owners must bear to ensure the safety of individuals and communities. Finally, SHP does not support bans on firearms.  We do support restrictions on magazine and caliber size ammunition. 

  • Does SHP endorse or fund candidates running for office?

    No, SHP does not endorse or fund candidates running for office. 

  • Is Sandy Hook Promise a political organization?

    No. SHP is a non-partisan grassroots group with supporters from across the political spectrum. We are united by a commitment to help our community and nation by saving more lives and are determined not to be divided by politics.

  • What is your privacy policy?

    Sandy Hook Promise has a strict privacy policy. Your name and contact info will never be shared with any outside groups or third parties.

  • How do I contact Sandy Hook Promise?

    Phone:       (203) 304-9780
    Mail:          Sandy Hook Promise, PO Box 3489, Newtown, CT 06470
    In Person: 14 Church Hill Road, Newtown, CT 06470
    Email:        info@sandyhookpromise.org

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