Grandparents Against Gun Violence
P.O. Box 11193
Overland Park KS 66207
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 797-8676
Mission Statement
To reduce gun violence and keep our children and grandchildren safe at home, at school and in our community. We know we can’t eradicate every death due to gun violence, but Grandparents Against Gun Violence (GAGV) strives to encourage and facilitate safe storage of firearms, which has been demonstrated by a variety of studies to decrease injuries and deaths of children and teens. 
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Judy Sherry
Board Chair Judy Sherry
Board Chair Company Affiliation
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2015
Former Names
Grandmothers Against Gun Violence
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
You can donate on line at our website or mail a check to our PO Box. We also seek sponsors to underwrite keynote speakers for our  Community Forum on Gun Violence - held annually on Columbus Day.  Past speakers have included  Leonard Pitts, Pulitzer Prize winning columnist, Nicole Hockely, mother of Dylan, who died at Sandy Hook and most recently, Candace Lightner, founder of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
 
We welcome you to join us at one of our monthly educational meetings to learn and see us in action! Volunteer opportunities include Program and Advocacy projects - arranging speakers for our monthly meetings and providing an advocacy action at each. We also have volunteer opportunities for our Lock It For Love project, which focuses on distributing free gun locks to people with guns in their home. We do this in a proactive, non-judgmental  manner at community events, faith facilities and schools, and partner with area police departments to provide an officer to demonstrate the proper use of the lock.
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement To reduce gun violence and keep our children and grandchildren safe at home, at school and in our community. We know we can’t eradicate every death due to gun violence, but Grandparents Against Gun Violence (GAGV) strives to encourage and facilitate safe storage of firearms, which has been demonstrated by a variety of studies to decrease injuries and deaths of children and teens. 
Background Statement GAGV began in 2013 as the first chapter of Grandmothers Against Gun Violence following the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., which claimed the lives of 20 children and six staff members. In 2015, we changed our name to Grandparents Against Gun Violence.

In 2014, GAGV created The Heartland Coalition Against Gun Violence, a gathering of Kansas City like-minded groups to gain a critical mass of people concerned about gun violence. The Heartland Coalition sponsors an annual Community Forum to educate the community about the many facets of gun violence. 2018's Keynote Speaker is Candace Lightner, founder of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Since its inception, GAGV has grown dramatically, and now has more than 1000 supporters with almost 300 paid members. GAGV hosts monthly meetings attended by an average of 50-70 passionate and committed constituents, and not all of them are grandparents!
Based on research showing that almost 4 million children live in homes with unlocked and unloaded guns, GAGV has focused on distributing free, high-quality cable gun locks at events in the communities considered high risk. Along with the free locks, police officers provide demonstrations on proper use of the lock. Since July of 2017, GAGV volunteers have distributed over 1200 locks at more than 50 events.
Impact Statement GAGV has partnered/participated at over 50 "Lock it For Love" events throughout Greater Kansas City since the inception of the program in July 2017. 13 more are scheduled at the time of this writing. The types of events include back-to-school fairs, neighborhood gatherings, suicide prevention events, community baby showers, home and remodeling show promoting child safety, local community health fairs, and community safety/wellness fairs. GAGV volunteers, along with our community partners, have personally handed out over 1200 high-quality cable gun locks, accompanied by demonstrations of their use by police officers. GAGV community partners include 8 Metro Police Departments, 12 Community Interaction Officers in high-risk areas, Dr. Shayla Sullivant of Children's Mercy Hospital (Dr. Sullivant is conducting a trial at GAGV events to evaluate the effectiveness/behavior change in people receiving locks at these events), The Heartland Coalition against Gun Violence, health departments and many others. The Heartland Coalition was organized by GAGV in 2014 and includes dozens of area organizations representing over 10,000 members. GAGV membership has grown from 28 initial members to 263 paid members this year. GAGV's 4th annual Community Forum was attended by 232 people in the fall of 2017. Our recent forum (10/8/18) featured Keynote Speaker, Candace Lightner, the founder of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) with almost 250 in attendance. Candace got MADD about drunk driving and changed its acceptance. Now it's our time to do the same with gun violence.
Needs Statement GAGV is looking for a few more dedicated volunteers who can transition onto our Board of Directors and continue our Mission. GAGV is also hoping to continue growing our general membership and volunteers at programs.GAGV needs assistance in reviewing/auditing our accounting documents and taking action to make current. GAGV would like to focus on fund development, and raise $50,000 annually for the next 3 years. This budget would allow us to continue purchasing and distributing at least 1000 cable gun locks at 50 or more events per year. It would also support the facilitation of our annual Community Forum and our monthly meetings. GAGV would benefit from a sustainability plan.
Service Categories
Safety Education
Areas of Service
KS - Johnson County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Leavenworth County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
MO - Cass County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
Geographic Area Served Narrative GAGV primarily serves the 7 county metro Kansas City area, which includes 4 counties in Missouri and 3 counties in Kansas. Participants from several other counties often attend GAGV meetings and events.

In addition, GAGV "Lock it For Love" events are focused mostly on high-risk crime zip codes.
Programs
Description
Lock it For Love began in July of 2017. Since that time, volunteers of GAGV have participated at over 50 events, with 13 more scheduled, and have distributed over 1200 free, high-quality cable gun locks. Police officers from 8 area police departments have assisted at each event by demonstrating how to properly use the locks. GAGV plans to continue this program if funds can be raised.
 
The types of events have included Back-to-School Nights, neighborhood association meetings, health fairs, safety/wellness events, home remodeling shows, suicide prevention programs and appearances at Boys and Girls Club.
 
LIFL's success has been partly due to the fact that the programs are held in the actual communities where people live, with a focus on high risk areas. Information is presented in a non-judgmental manner, and no-one is required to provide a name or address; only a zip code.
 
The locks can be purchased in bulk for $5.20 apiece, which enables us to reach a large audience at a low cost. 
Program Budget $15,000.00
Category Public Safety, Disaster Services, General/Other Safety Education
Population Served At-Risk Populations
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
We will decrease the number of households with unlocked, loaded guns.
 
By decreasing access to loaded guns, we will decrease the number of suicides as well as unintentional shootings.
Long-Term Success
The CDC reports that over 4.5 million children in the US live in homes with unlocked and loaded guns. By distributing free gun locks to those in this category, we expect to decrease the number of households with unlocked, loaded guns. 
 
Lack of access to loaded guns will decrease the number of suicides as well as unintentional shootings.
 
We will track statistics via the CDC, area police departments and emergency rooms. 
 
GAGV also has an opportunity to participate in a study conducted by Dr. Shayla Sullivant of Children's Mercy Hospital which aims to measure behavior change regarding gun violence among those who receive our gun locks.  
 
Just as Mothers Against Drunk Driving changed America's acceptance of drunk driving, GAGV hopes to do the same for gun violence.
Program Success Monitored By The Board of Directors
Examples of Program Success
When gun violence, particularly affecting children and teens, declines until it is no longer an issue.
Description
GAGV facilitates an annual Community Forum to examine one key aspect of the multi-layered issue of gun violence. Under the umbrella of The Heartland Coalition Against Gun Violence, GAGV brings together dozens of like-minded local organizations representing over 10,000 residents in the KC Metro area to discuss the issue and develop action plans.
 
The 2018 Forum titled "Gun Violence: Changing the Conversation" will be the 5th annual assemblage and the third to feature a nationally-recognized speaker. Candace Lightner, founder of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, will be the keynote speaker, explaining how she spearheaded the change in our national outlook on drinking and driving. Utilizing some of her methods, we hope to change the national outlook on gun violence. 
 
Last year's speaker was Sandy Hook School parent Nicole Hockey, who inspired us with her keynote speech, sharing memories of her late son Dylan, and describing her meaningful work with Sandy Hook Promise. She urged us the feel "hopeful" not "helpless" and to focus on actions we can take to prevent gun violence, including recognizing signs of feeling isolated and unnoticed. 
Program Budget $35,000.00
Category Public Safety, Disaster Services, General/Other Safety Education
Population Served At-Risk Populations
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Number of organizations that are members of The Heartland Coalition Against Gun Violence, number of individuals attending the annual event, number of individuals who become members of GAGV after attending a forum, number of individuals who volunteer within the organization.
Long-Term Success Number of organizations that are members of The Heartland Coalition Against Gun Violence, number of individuals attending the annual event, number of individuals who become members of GAGV after attending a forum, number of individuals who volunteer within the organization.
Program Success Monitored By Board members
Examples of Program Success Increasing numbers of individuals who become involved in activities which decrease gun violence.
Description At the monthly GAGV meetings, drawing 50-70 attendees, we feature area experts and professionals covering a wide range of gun-related topics. This regular meeting-of-the-minds furthers our organization's stated mission. Speakers have included a law professor explaining the 2nd Amendment, school security directors discussing building safety, state lawmakers reporting on proposed gun legislation, medical professionals outlining the physical and psychological effects of gun violence on children and families, early childhood educators proposing ways to prevent bullying, inner city mothers sharing the tragedy of losing children and grandchildren to gun violence, and many others. These speakers and their messages motivate our members to take action in three key ways we stress throughout our organization's activities: educate, advocate and participate. Meetings are open to all.
Program Budget $5,000.00
Category Public Safety, Disaster Services, General/Other Safety Education
Population Served At-Risk Populations
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Increasing participation
Long-Term Success Increasing participation
Program Success Monitored By Board members
Examples of Program Success Increasing participation
Description
Each year, GAGV observes Sandy Hook Remembrance Day in December and National Gun Violence Awareness Day in June by joining others at rallies and demonstrations to keep the issue of gun violence at the forefront of public discourse.
 
In 2017, GAGV submitted a request to the Office of the Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri that was approved by the City Council establishing June 2, 2017 as Gun Violence Awareness Day to demonstrate support of groups nationwide dedicated to solving the problem of gun violence.
Program Budget $1,000.00
Category Public Safety, Disaster Services, General/Other Safety Education
Population Served At-Risk Populations
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Increasing attendance and support at these events.
Long-Term Success Increasing attendance and support at these events.
Program Success Monitored By Board members
Examples of Program Success Increasing participation
CEO Comments Challenges include managing the success and growing demand for our "Lock it For Love" program. We need volunteers, administrative support and funding to purchase the locks.

We need to attract more dedicated members who can become board members and continue managing the overall organization. 

Opportunities include the increased public concern about gun violence, especially the statistic that 2/3 of all gun-related deaths are suicides. In addition, suicides by teens and children are on the rise.

Public support for background checks, the growth in community recognition of GAGV and our successful programs and events are also excellent opportunities to expand our reach.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Judy Sherry
Term Start July 2014
Experience Advertising professional for 35+ years, partner in both Montague-Sherry Advertising and Pepper Advertising; currently President of Judy Sherry Consortium, providing advertising and marketing services. Co-founder and President of Grandparents Against Gun Violence and Chair of Heartland Coalition, a Program of Grandparents Against Gun Violence.

Awarded AARP Andrus Award for Community Service, September 2014 and MainStream Coalition Stand Up Speak Out award, October 2017. Named one of Shepherd's Center 70 Over 70 award recipients, recognizing 70 individuals from a variety of backgrounds who inspire others and improve our community.

Past community activities include: Board member of the Girl Scouts and Mid-Continent Council, Board member and Vice President of the Kansas City Ad Club, Advertising Professional of the Year in 1998, past Chair of True Blue Women, and member of Neighborhood and Tourist Development Fund for eight years. Currently a volunteer at JFS Food Pantry, Youth Friends, and appointee to Mayor's Citizen Task Force on Violence.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Co-CEO Experience
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 50
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Collaborations
GAGV works very closely with 12 police departments in 8 counties. Police Officers attend our Lock it For Love events, demonstrating how to use the cable gun locks correctly. The Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri has been involved in GAGV Forums and events, and proclaimed June 2, 2017 to be Gun Violence Awareness Day.

Dr. Shayla Sullivant, of Children's Mercy Hospital, is researching the behavior change of people receiving gun locks at our Lock it For Love events.

GAGV has participated at over 50 events in targeted communities, including back-to school fairs, neighborhood gatherings, suicide prevention events, community baby showers, home and remodeling show promoting child safety, local community health fairs and community safety/wellness fairs. These relationships will continue throughout the year, and at future events.
CEO Comments Please note: Judy Sherry is the President of GAGV, a volunteer position.

GAGV is the Missouri affiliate of States United Against Gun Violence.

GAGV stands with many national organizations that advocate for common sense solutions that address public health and safety concerns. These affiliations include both the local and National chapters of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Moms Demand Action, and Sandy Hook Promise.
Board Chair
Board Chair Judy Sherry
Term July 2014 to July 2019
Email judy@sherrymo.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Charlotte DavisonCommunity Volunteer
Lona HarrisCommunity Volunteer
Barb McNeileCommunity Volunteer
Carla OppenheimerCommunity Volunteer
Jan PicklerCommunity Volunteer
Judy SherryCommunity Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Governance
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
CEO Comments
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $50,000
Projected Expenses $50,000
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2017, 2016: Financial data reported using the organization's internal financial documents.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$8,389$0--
Administration Expense$768$0--
Fundraising Expense$461$0--
Payments to Affiliates--$0--
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.610.58--
Program Expense/Total Expenses87%0%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$22,187$0--
Current Assets$22,187$0--
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$0$0--
Total Net Assets$22,187$0--
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%----
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- ----
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- ----
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- ----
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Organization Comments Because our annual income has been under $50,000, we have not been required to file a 990 or to conduct a financial audit. We expect to grow in 2019 and have an income level just over $50,000, thus becoming required to file a 990, and possibly needing an audit. Our fundraising efforts will include a focus on these financial needs.
Other Documents
Organization Name Grandparents Against Gun Violence
Address P.O. Box 11193
Overland Park, KS 66207
Primary Phone (816) 797-8676
Contact Email info@moksgagv.org
CEO/Executive Director Judy Sherry
Board Chair Judy Sherry
Year of Incorporation 2015
Former Names
Grandmothers Against Gun Violence