A nonprofit organization

$3,550 Raised by 78 Donors

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$3,000 Goal

Whitney/Strong is committed to finding common ground to end gun violence through data-driven, responsible gun ownership solutions.

Who we are: Whitney/Strong’s commitment to this fight began just three weeks after our Executive Director and co-founder, Whitney Austin, was shot twelve times in the Cincinnati, Ohio mass shooting in September 2018. Miraculously, she lived and immediately began developing an inclusive approach to combat gun violence. Every day, Whitney/Strong does the work to support our vision of a future free of gun violence.

Our ask:  YOU can help Whitney/Strong WIN BIG! We are participating in A Community Thrivesa program that supports community improvement ideas with grants up to $100K for non-profit organizations. To qualify for a grant, we need to meet a fundraising goal of $3,000 from our own network of supporters between noon ET on July 19 and noon ET on Friday, August 13, 2021. 

By giving just $10 or more, you can make a difference and support our Save A Life programs in the Louisville and Cincinnati communities disproportionately impacted by gun violence. These community trainings focus on firearm safety, suicide prevention, and emergency preparedness. Training hundreds of individuals in a single neighborhood to intervene at the first sign of a suicidal crisis and to safely secure firearms to prevent theft or accidents utilizes community to build safety and resilience.

Since our beginning in late 2018, we'd like to share just a few of the Whitney/Strong milestones that make us proud:

  • We've trained over 300 participants in Save A Life since 2019.
  • Over 12,000 gun locks have been distributed across Kentucky and Ohio during 2020/21 thanks to Whitney/Strong partnerships with the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • In 2019 we hosted the first hearing on gun safety legislation in Frankfort in over a decade.
  • We secured a bipartisan coalition of Kentucky State Senators to co-sponsor CARR (Crisis Aversion Rights Retention), a gun safety bill, for the 2021 legislative session.
  • Whitney joined Ohio Governor Mike Dewine to advocate for STRONG Ohio legislation, a response to the community call of “Do Something” after the Dayton Oregon District shooting in 2019.

Will you help us meet our $3,000 fundraising goal for A Community Thrives and move our grant application forward to expand our Save A Life programs in Cincinnati?

It takes a community to save a life... 

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1355 Bardstown Road #242
Louisville, KY 40204

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