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Change Happens Foundation Donates $50,000 To Sandy Hook Promise

Funding Expands SHP’s “Know the Signs” Gun Violence Prevention Programs in Schools Nationwide

Newtown, CT – Through a $50,000 charitable donation to Sandy Hook Promise (SHP), a leading school safety organization, the Change Happens Foundation will help train youth and adults in evidence-based Know the Signs violence prevention programs. This philanthropic partnership will bring SHP’s Know the Signs programs — Start With HelloSay Something, and the Say Something Anonymous Reporting System —into more schools in 2019 and 2020, at no cost.

“Thanks to the support of the Change Happens Foundation, we will empower even more students to ‘Know the Signs’ to prevent school shootings and suicides, reduce bullying, and create environments of connectedness and inclusion that help minimize the potential for youth violence and self-harm,” said Nicole Hockley, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise and mother of Dylan who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. 

“The work of Sandy Hook Promise is an inspiring testament that we don’t need to be helpless against senseless school shootings,” said Michael D. Troxel, executive vice president of the Change Happens Foundation. “Sandy Hook Promise’s programmatic solutions like the Say Something Anonymous Reporting System provide our nation’s families with a renewed sense of empowered safety and peace of mind.”

To date, more than 7.5 million people nationwide have been trained in Sandy Hook Promise’s proven Know the Signs programs that focus on prevention to help end the epidemic of gun violence by training youth and adults how to identify at-risk behavior and intervene to get help before a tragedy can occur. Through these no-cost programs, Sandy Hook Promise has averted multiple school shooting plots, teen suicides, and countless other acts of violence.

About Sandy Hook Promise

Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. SHP is led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.  SHP’s mission is to prevent gun violence and other forms of violence and victimization BEFORE they can happen by creating a culture of engaged youth and adults committed to identifying, intervening, and getting help for individuals who might be at risk of hurting themselves or others.  SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible program and policy solutions that address the “human side” of gun violence by preventing individuals from ever getting to the point of picking up a firearm to hurt themselves or others. Our words, actions, and impact nationwide are intended to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation. Make the Promise at

About the Change Happens Foundation:

The Change Happens Foundation, a private, nonprofit foundation, was established in 2001 by President and CEO Douglas Troxel. With a dynamic approach to philanthropy, the family-based organization develops partnerships with best-in-class charity leaders who are passionately committed to improving the human experience through programs that are impactful, efficient and innovative in order to act as a meaningful catalyst for progressive and secular social change.


Media Contact:  

Aimee Thunberg, Sandy Hook Promise

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