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Fund for Nonviolence


Last Updated: 2015-09-24

At A Glance

Fund for Nonviolence

303 Potrero St., No. 54

Santa Cruz, CA United States 95060-2760

Telephone: (831) 460-9321


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2013-12-31)

Assets: $3,922,381

Total giving: $674,250





Additional Contact Information

Toll-free tel.: (866) 454-8006


Established in 1997 in CA

Purpose and Activities

The fund cultivates and supports efforts to bring about social change that moves humanity towards a more just and compassionate coexistence. Primary interest is placed on proposals from organizations that: 1) pursue structural changes to root causes of race, class, and gender injustice; 2) value the active involvement of members of the communities most impacted by the violence and social injustice being addressed; 3) understand and articulate the impact of their work on women and promote the leadership of women within the organization; 4) work through networks, coalitions and alliances; 5) reflect the spirit of nonviolence in their organizational relations, structure, and process; and 6) demonstrate the capacity to reflect on their experience and adapt to lessons and insights .

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Justice with Dignity

Goals: 1) Reduce the number of people incarcerated. 2) Expose and challenge human rights abuses of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people. The Justice with Dignity Program supports organizations and networks that seek to reduce U.S. society's dependence on incarceration and particularly those that: 1) Challenge the use of race, class, gender and other marginalizing constructions to perpetuate the violence inherent in the current U.S. justice system and its institutions. 2) Promote and strengthen the leadership and activism of the most affected communities. 3) Invest their resources towards structural change within the justice system, in particular through public policy advocacy.

Program-Related Investment

Historically, the foundation has made a PRI in the form of an investment in a community development fund.

Voices of Resistance

This program lifts up voices of those whose lives are directly affected by the war on terror; The fund supports their efforts to redirect our national focus and resources away from the politics of endless war and towards the development of institutions and economies that promote human rights, justice, and peace.

Fields of Interest

  • Capital punishment
  • Human rights
  • Justice rights
  • Prison alternatives
  • Prisoners' rights
  • Public affairs
  • Public safety
International Interests
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Latin America
  • Mexico
  • Peru
Population Groups
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Ex-offenders
  • Incarcerated people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Victims and oppressed people
  • Victims of crime and abuse
  • Coalitions and alliances

Financial Data

Year ended 2013-12-31

Assets: $3,922,381 (market value)

Gifts received: $1,510,651

Expenditures: $1,176,800

Total giving: $674,250

Qualifying distributions: $1,034,211

Giving activities include:

$674,250 for 18 grants