Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Pledges $7.2 Million to Support Cure Violence

Continuing in its role as one of Cure Violence’s strongest advocates and supporters, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has awarded Cure Violence $7.2 million over the next three years to support ongoing replication of our model in U.S. cities.

>> See where Cure Violence has already replicated: http://cureviolence.org/community-partners/

The latest grant follows a series of grants dating back to 1999, when violence prevention wasn’t yet a priority for RWJF, the United States’ largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care. Over the past decade, RWJF has supported innovative solutions emerging from the intersection of social factors and health–things like housing, employment, education and violence–with special focus on models that demonstrate potential to grow scale and have widespread impact. During that time, RWJF has been the driving force behind the replication and expansion of the Cure Violence model in the United States.

“The biggest challenge facing Cure Violence is around widespread adoption of the program and finding support by cities,” says Jane Lowe, RWJF senior advisor for program development. “It’s exciting to begin to see this intervention take hold in communities, and for there to be a broader recognition that violence is a health problem and a learned behavior that can be changed. This challenge is how we make this a widely adopted solution for how people intervene to address community violence.”

>> Learn more about RWJF’s investment in Cure Violence: http://rwjf.org/en/grants/grantees/cureviolence.html

>> Watch the Cure Violence (formerly “CeaseFire”) Promise Story created by RWJF:

Note: This article first appeared in the 2013 Fall Newsletter.