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Frequently Asked Questions

The mission of Sandy Hook Promise is to educate and empower youth and adults to prevent violence in schools, homes, and communities. Through our proven, evidence-informed Know the Signs programs and sensible, bipartisan school and gun safety legislation, we teach young people and adults to recognize, intervene, and get help for individuals who may be socially isolated and/or at risk of hurting themselves or others. Learn more about us.

Sandy Hook Promise was founded in the aftermath of the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary on December 14, 2012 that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and six educators.

Our co-founders are:

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
Bill Sherlach – Co-Founder and Board Member, and husband of Mary, the school psychologist who was killed on 12/14

Sandy Hook Promise leads programs and policy initiatives to protect children from gun violence. Because of generous supporters and dedicated volunteers, students and communities are empowered to:

Learn warning signs of violence so tragedies can be prevented Increase the social and emotional wellness of students.

Access anonymous reporting of warning signs to a dedicated crisis center.

Pass laws to make our schools and communities safer.

Learn more about our accomplishments.

Donations to Sandy Hook Promise Foundation are 100% tax-deductible. Sandy Hook Promise Foundation is a 501(C)(3) tax-exempt public charity. Our EIN number is 46-1657101 and we are a registered charity with the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS). See our financials

Donations support the development and delivery of our Know the Signs programs, which are delivered to schools at no cost, as we believe that money should never be a barrier to receiving these lifesaving training programs. This includes development of training materials, educator guides, software, digital program, and salaries for crisis counsellors and training staff that help us to deliver our programs to schools. They also fund research to improve programs and develop new ways to end gun violence against children. A portion of funding also “keeps the lights on”: pays our staff, spreads our message and raises funds to sustain our mission. See our Annual Report

See our annual financial reports.

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Sandy Hook Promise does not endorse or fund candidates running for office. We are a grassroots group with supporters from across the United States. We are united by a commitment to help our community and nation by saving more lives.

While Sandy Hook Promise is not political, we do work with elected officials from across the political spectrum to advocate for policies to help keep kids safe. Visit the Sandy Hook Promise Action Fund to learn more. 

Sandy Hook Promise leads with prevention. We seek to stop gun violence and also to prevent other forms of violence, including victimization, before it can happen. Sandy Hook Promise Action Fund, the legislative organization of SHP, advocates for the creation and enforcement of gun violence prevention laws, policy and regulations in the areas of:

Mental Health & Wellness – training for students and schools in 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.

Research – funding needs to be provided for research to identify proven policy and non-policy programs.

People who have an increased risk of hurting themselves or others often show signs before an act of violence takes place. When you don’t know what to look for, it can be easy to miss signs, or dismiss them as unimportant, sometimes with tragic consequences. 



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