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Promoting a Stronger Community to Combat Negative Influences

In Closing

Thank you for taking the time to view this information. It is our hope that we have provided you with a new awareness and understanding of gangs. However, realizing why some youth are vulnerable to recreating a family atmosphere through gang membership is only the first step. We believe that our real challenge is for all social groups — parents, schools, police, social service agencies, courts, and citizens — to work in concert to address the rise and spread of gangs in our communities.

Responding to gangs will require a systematic, comprehensive, and collaborative approach. Our collective efforts must incorporate a three-pronged approach that includes the strategies of prevention, intervention, and suppression. While each strategy has its place in the model, the National Foundation for Abused and Neglected Children (NFANC®) believes that prevention is our greatest hope. Only by keeping children from joining gangs can we truly hope to halt the presence of gangs and all that they represent.

If you would like more information on what you can do to help combat gangs and crime in your community, or to send a tax-deductible monetary gift, write to NFANC® at PO Box 1841 Chicago, IL, 60690.


NFANC® would like to thank the Illinois police departments that serve DuPage County, including the cities of Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, Glendale Heights, Hanover Park, Itasca, and Roselle, as well as Schaumburg. Acknowledgements also go to:

  • The Tri-City Gang Task Force
  • The Elgin Gang Task Force
  • The Gang Task Force, Aurora, Colorado
  • The Bloomingdale Township
  • The King County Police, Seattle, Washington
  •   The National Crime Prevention Council  
  • The U.S. Department of Justice and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

Joining and Contributing to NFANC®

Our work is solely supported by private donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations. We hope you will consider joining us in making an impact on the lives of children in our state. For as little as $25, you will become a member and receive a Voices newsletter, action alert mailings, reduced prices on all advocacy materials, invitations to all of our events, and most importantly, you'll be adding another voice to our statewide network of people concerned about children.

NFANC® is a not-for-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, therefore your gift is tax-deductible. Also, your gift may be eligible for a matching gift from your employer.

To become a member of NFANC, use our communications form. You may make a membership gift with your Visa or MasterCard online or send it to PO Box 1841, Chicago, IL, 60690. Thank you for your generous gift!