After gun violence reached record highs, we recommitted to ending this uniquely American epidemic. Your courageous support allowed us to pour more resources than ever into the fight to save lives.


HONORING THE PAST, Fighting for a safer FUTURE

2021 saw both encouraging progress in the fight for gun safety and alarming threats to American democracy.

On January 5, we secured a gun safety majority in the Senate. On January 6, we watched armed protestors violently attack the Capitol in an attempt to overthrow an election. Both events, despite their stark differences, set the tone for our work in 2021. 

To safeguard our elections and protect all Americans, our team worked with states to guarantee gun safety laws work as effectively as possible. We also supported the House in passing legislation like the George Floyd Justice In Policing Act and the Enhanced Backgrounds Check Act. In our fight to hold the gun lobby accountable, our organization sued the NRA for violating campaign finance laws and filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court supporting a New York gun safety law. 

As in-person events safely restarted, we hosted our Gun Violence Memorial on the National Mall in DC. Following its success, we took our memorial on the road and brought it across the country to Philadelphia, New York City, Los Angeles, and Miami.

While we have more work ahead of us, we made incredible progress in 2021. With gun violence majorities in Congress and a gun safety president in the White House, we are more prepared than ever to save lives.

“Because of your continued support, we’ve made enormous progress in the fight to save lives. Our work isn’t done yet, but progress is only possible because of you.” 

—Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords


Over 40,000 Americans lose their lives to gun violence every year. In communities, courts, and ballot boxes nationwide, Giffords fights to save lives from gun violence. Will you join us?

Challenging the Gun Lobby in Court

In 2021, we won our long-pending case against the Federal Election Commission, which we filed to compel the government to investigate the NRA for violating federal campaign finance law. A judge authorized us to sue the NRA directly, which we immediately did, in partnership with the Campaign Legal Action Center. 

After the Supreme Court agreed to hear a Second Amendment case challenging a New York law, we coordinated with the New York solicitor general to draft our amicus brief in support of the law. On the day of the oral argument, we organized a demonstration outside the Court, featuring Gabby Giffords and other gun violence survivors. 

Our litigation team also filed public comments in support of a proposed rule from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to regulate ghost guns in the same manner as traditional firearms, and we worked with allies to drive thousands of public comments in support. As ghost guns continue to endanger lives, we partnered with the San Francisco district attorney and a team of litigators at Keker, Van Nest & Peters to file a lawsuit against three ghost gun companies, alleging that they are violating and undermining various federal and state laws. 

Our attorneys also helped organize a public workshop on gun rights and regulation with the Brennan Center for Justice, as well as an academic symposium on the Second Amendment with the UC Davis Law Review. Giffords Law Center aims to educate and inform advocates and legislators about gun safety policies, and this year we made significant progress nationally, as well as in states across the country.


The lifesaving work we do at Giffords Law Center wouldn’t be possible without the courageous, committed leadership of our board of directors.

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2021 at a glance

Throughout the year, Giffords worked with legislators and advocates to provide critical legal and policy assistance, challenged the gun lobby in courts, and organized Americans for change.

Armed protesters and insurrectionists believe their right to bear arms trumps every other right—but we’re fighting back.

Our memorials are a tribute to the many lives that have been lost and a testament to the strength of survivors.

Despite the increase of extremist gun laws, many legislators responded by passing the evidence-based, effective policies Giffords advocated for.

Our virtual anniversary dinner brought together supporters from across the country to honor Stacey Abrams and other gun safety advocates.

Giffords endorsed gun safety champions in 2021 and invested in our political work in preparation for the 2022 midterms.

In 2021, Giffords expanded its national gun owners coalition, mobilizing more supporters of commonsense gun laws.

Giffords released a report highlighting violence intervention workers and calling for more resources to support their lifesaving work.

The goal of this movement is to save lives, not just to pass laws—and effective implementation is crucial.





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We are incredibly grateful to the following foundations, whose considerable support helped us make progress in 2021.

The below list of philanthropic foundations made generous investments to help ensure the safety of all Americans in 2021. Many of these courageous leaders partner with us year after year as we fight to save lives from gun violence.

2021 Foundation Support

  • Ananda Fund
  • The California Wellness Foundation
  • The Donald and Carole Chaiken Foundation
  • Kate R. Colby Charitable Fund
  • Danny Conway Charitable Fund
  • The Ron Conway Family
  • The Crimson Lion/Lavine Family Foundation
  • Crown Family Philanthropies
  • Dusty Arena Foundation
  • Enelleff Fund
  • Fralic Family Fund
  • Fukushima Family Fund
  • Greater Washington Community Foundation
  • Head Family Charitable Foundation
  • Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation
  • Katerina Hollblad-Fadiman Donor Advised Fund
  • The Joyce Foundation
  • Kautz Family Foundation
  • Kelson Foundation
  • The Kendeda Fund
  • Kissinger Family Foundation
  • Jane A. Lehman & Alan G. Lehman Foundation
  • Lynx Foundation
  • A.L. Mailman Family Foundation, Inc.
  • Mann Family Foundation
  • Marin Community Foundation
  • The Morningstar Foundation
  • Paul S. Nadler Family Charitable Trust
  • Ronald W. Naito MD Foundation
  • New Venture Fund
  • Ralph Ogden Foundation
  • O’Reilly Family Foundation
  • Lisa Stone Pritzker Family Fund
  • Norman Raab Foundation
  • RAMP Foundation
  • Rosenthal Family Foundation
  • Samuels Family Foundation
  • San Francisco Foundation
  • The Savannah Community Foundation, Inc.
  • Ted & Meredith Segal Foundation
  • Harold Simmons Foundation
  • The Bernard & Anne Spitzer Charitable Trust
  • Paul & Sheila Steiner Charitable Trust
  • The S. Mark Taper Foundation
  • van Löben Sels/RembeRock Foundation
  • The WhyNot Initiative
  • The WildBasil Fund
  • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation


Every day, the experts at Giffords Law Center work tirelessly to craft, enact, and defend the gun safety policies and programs that save lives. A safer America is within reach, but we need your courage and commitment to get there.




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Below is a detailed breakdown of our 2021 financials.

Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, our 501(c)3 organization, receives funding from individual donors, foundations, law firms, and corporations. In 2021, as in previous years, the majority of our revenue was spent on our efforts to save lives from gun violence through research, legislation, litigation, and community violence intervention strategies. The below financials are limited to Giffords Law Center and do not represent funding or revenue for other Giffords entities. 




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