Campaign To Keep Guns Off Campus

aka The Campaign to Keep Guns off Campus   |   Croton Falls, NY   |  www.keepgunsoffcampus.org

Mission

The mission of the Campaign to Keep Guns off Campus, Inc. (“The Campaign") is to promote the safety of students, faculty, staff and all other visitors to college, university and school campuses (“Campus" or collectively “Campuses") in the United States by helping to reduce the presence of concealed firearms on such Campuses. The Campaign educates the general public, as well as college students, faculty and staff, that these environments are safer without the presence of firearms. Where necessary, The Campaign will work with our legislators and with campus law enforcement officials to preserve laws aimed at reducing gun violence on Campuses.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Mr Andy Pelosi

Main address

P.O. Box 658

Croton Falls, NY 10519 USA

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EIN

46-5621817

NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

Citizen Participation (W24)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Since 2008, the gun lobby has introduced legislation in at least 40 states in an attempt to change policies and force hidden, loaded handguns on to college campuses. Over the course of 14 years, nearly 25 states have changed their laws from either forbidding guns on campus and/or allowing colleges to decide their weapons policies. In 2018 alone, 15 states considered campus carry legislation; fortunately, no additional states changed their laws for the first time in a few years. As the only national organization specifically focusing on protecting educational institutions, our mission is to promote the safety of students, faculty, staff, and all visitors to college and university campuses.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

The Campus Organizing and Education Project

The project goal is to provide educational resources, training, and state organizers to colleges, universities, and communities in a two-fold effort to both support their own policies prohibiting weapons and collectively resist coercion by legislative policy changes that would force loaded, concealed weapons on college campuses. The project goal is to provide educational resources, training, and state organizers to colleges, universities, and communities in a two-fold effort to both support their own policies prohibiting weapons and collectively resist coercion by legislative policy changes that would force loaded, concealed weapons on college campuses. The Campaign has seen great success with this program in FL and GA.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

The CFOP strategically prioritizes states that are most vulnerable to campus firearms policy changes and helps to ensure that college campuses remain safe learning environments within the most hostile political environments. The Campaign is the only national organization working exclusively with college and university stakeholders including students, faculty, campus administration, campus law enforcement and staff. With over 1.5 million faculty and instructional staff at colleges and universities across the nation, this important population is an under represented stakeholder and an often-overlooked resource for organizing opposition efforts.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Campaign to Keep Guns off Campus' Legal Action Project (LAP) serves as a first-of-its-kind nationwide legal initiative, by
placing comprehensive focus on affirmative litigation to challenge existing state laws and those proposed year after year.

The Project pays particular attention to states that share similarly challenging political climates and legislative trends, like Georgia, Florida, Kansas, Michigan, and
Texas. The Project also engages in defensive litigation, providing assistance to public and private entities that may not have the comparative expertise to provide a robust defense of
firearms regulations. Finally, drawing on its prior experience working on-the-ground within state legislatures, it provides legislative counseling and lobbying, supplementing work being performed by the Gun Violence Prevention movement.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The overarching goal of The Campaign to Keep Guns off Campus is to prevent policy changes in states that would force colleges and universities to allow hidden, loaded firearms on campus. Funding will allow us to continue to provide educational resources, training, and state organizers to colleges, universities, and communities in a two-fold effort to both support their own policies prohibiting weapons and collectively resist coercion by legislative policy changes that would force loaded, concealed weapons on college campuses. The Campaign also opposes policies that would allow teachers, administrators and other staff to carry firearms on K-12 campuses.

The Campus Organizing and Education Program (COEP).is a core program of The Campaign's work to achieve our mission to promote the safety of students, faculty, staff and all other visitors to college, university and school campuses in the United States by helping to reduce the presence of firearms. The Campaign provides urgently needed education, research and advocacy materials, along with legal and organizing support to schools facing potential expansions of campus carry laws and policies. By working closely with our member organizations in states around the country, we strive to tailor program activities to be relevant and timely for the specific challenges they are facing, political climate, cultural values, and other contextual factors that affect the efficacy of the COEP strategy. The Campaign staff collaborates with local students, faculty, legislators, and coalition organizations to adapt activities to each campus and its circumstances. We do so by strongly advocating for all campus community stakeholders and implementing innovative legal strategies.

The Campaign to Keep Guns off Campus currently employs 4 staff people on a full-time basis while also benefitting from support from over 100 volunteers around the country. We carry out our work on the ground in as many states as we can and partner with a range of organizations who also support safe educational spaces. In addition, we maintain a robust constituent relations management system (CRM) that allows us to provide timely information to over 150,000 members while also providing them with education and advocacy tools so that they can become active in support of safe educational spaces.

Since 2009, The Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus has helped to defeat more than 80 bills in 15 states, which in turn, has protected over 6 million students and faculty across the country. More recently, The Campaign is also opposing policies in several states that would arm teachers and school personnel in K-12 settings.

Looking ahead, we will continue our college campus organizing work and will continue to focus more on opposing the evolving policy changes in a number of states that would allow staff (non-law enforcement) to carry concealed weapons in K-12 schools.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Campaign To Keep Guns Off Campus

Board of directors
as of 4/7/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

John Johnson

retired

Term: 2015 - 2021

John Phelan

Attorney

Jackie Kaye

Wellspring Advisors

Gabriel Dabiri

Polsinelli

Dina Siciliano

Self Employed

John Johnson

Retired

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/08/2020

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Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.