Developing a Community Safety Framework for Annie E. Casey Foundation
Prevention Institute is working with the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s National Community Strategies unit to develop a framework that represents Casey’s approach to community safety which is aligned with Foundation principles and priorities and work, including existing efforts on addressing individual and community trauma, reducing criminalization, and increasing racial equity. This work is happening in parallel to programmatic work in Atlanta and other civic sites to develop a community trauma response protocol and strengthen violence intervention and mediation capacity. The goal of PI’s work is to develop an organizing framework that can be used by the Foundation to guide and align its work and grant-making, and to articulate its priorities and values regarding community safety, community trauma, and violence prevention.
The first phase of this work includes interviews with key Foundation stakeholders to assess how Foundation staff view community safety and community trauma in their work, and identify key themes and priorities to define the Foundation’s role and approach to creating safe, thriving communities. The second phase of the work includes the development of an overarching framework to provide guidance to the Foundation, its grant-making, and its influence in advancing community safety in the philanthropic sector.
Previously, PI co-authored a community safety framework for The California Endowment. This framework reflects community priority strategies recommended to make communities safer, such as economic opportunity and community cohesion.