About Hadiya’s Promise

Hadiya’s Promise is a national, non-profit organization led by Cleo and Nate Pendleton, parents of 15 year-old Hadiya Pendleton who on January 29, 2013, was gunned down while in the park with classmates after completing her final exams. The outcry surrounding her death caused a national conversation from City Hall to the White House, but after a year of grief and reflection her family wants to do more.

In response to this tragedy Hadiya’s parents are taking action.

They launched Hadiya’s Promise with a mission focused on addressing two of the nation’s most pressing problems, gun violence and those who are often the perpetrators of gun violence disaffected youth. Hadiya’s Promise is founded on the belief that other like minded individuals can be inspired to action and are seeking not only smart on crime responses from their elected officials but the investments necessary for collective action to ensure we lessen the number of disaffected youth at risk of perpetrating or becoming the victims of gun violence.

In 2014, they appointed Angela Rudolph to the position of Executive Director. Angela brings experience in foundation work as well as experience in the policy and advocacy worlds of education and criminal justice reform.

Hadiya’s Promise is a 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions to Hadiya’s Promise are tax deductible and will be used to:

  • Inform the general public on the causes of gun violence and the best practice interventions shown to have a positive impact on disaffected youth by providing high quality information and analyses and convening issue-focused programming focused on promoting change to public awareness and attitudes around gun violence and its impact.
  • Influence key decision-makers and stakeholders by promoting a presence and participation in policy and advocacy work.
  • Build a pipeline of leaders, fostering leadership on issue content and advocacy, developing relationships with key issue area advocates to promote community-level changes and promoting best practice programming that supports and inspires disaffected youth to achieve their full potential and live productive lives.
  • Convene local and national experts to identify sensible community-based solutions, programs and best practices.
  • Promote and disseminate these programs through families, communities, faith institutions, law enforcement and schools allowing them to take action and end gun violence.