Each semester, our chapter votes to select a new philanthropy for the upcoming term. For Fall 2022, we have chosen to work with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).
Their mission is to "save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide."
They do this by funding scientific research, educating the public about mental health and suicide prevention, advocating for public policies in mental health and suicide prevention, and supporting survivors of suicide loss and those affected by suicide. They provide grants for researchers studying suicide prevention and communicate pertinent mental health research findings to the general public through their website. AFSP also organizes volunteer field advocates to help their public policy office in Washington, D.C. pass suicide prevention policies.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention was founded in 1987 by a small group of individuals with a clear vision. They established a private source of support for suicide research and education that would pave the way for future sustainable efforts in suicide prevention. Since its founding, AFSP has made a significant impact in the field: they established local chapters in all 50 states, educated hundreds of local communities about suicide and how to prevent it, educated reporters and the media about how to best cover suicide, and more. AFSP also created a public policy and lobbying arm by merging successfully with an existing national policy organization, thus enabling AFSP to press for legislation and policies at the federal, state, and local levels that prevent suicide.
Proceeds from donations go towards AFSP's goals. The primary uses include funding for grants for suicide prevention research, creating and distributing education programs, and covering expenses to advocate for public policy.
A note from our financial secretary, who organizes all of the fundraisers we conduct for our philanthropy each semester:
I am very excited to raise money for such a wonderful organization! I am planning some exciting fundraisers, both online and in-person. We will continue to partner with Main Street restaurants and we will hold other fundraisers (both near/on campus and online) as well. Check out our socials to stay updated on when our next fundraiser will be for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention!
If you have any questions about fundraising or how you can help, reach out to Caila anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.