The Jubitz Family Foundation (JFF) believes that all sectors of society can contribute to building peace. We are inspired by the professionalization of the peacebuilding theories and practices that provide practitioners, activists, educators and other constituencies with viable, nonviolent alternatives to war and violence and approaches to structural transformation away from militarism toward peace with justice. We prioritize grassroots efforts that shift militaristic approaches toward inclusive approaches of peacebuilding through public education. 

The Peacebuilding program is by invitation only.

Why focus on militarism?

Militarism is a major driver of global wars and violence. Moving toward cultures of peace will require large scale social change within the U.S. and abroad. Such change ultimately will be driven by grassroots efforts. By bringing together Peace Science and professional peacebuilding practices with grassroots peacebuilding efforts, we expect synergistic effects.

Our War Prevention Initiative program is focused on peace and security funding, this is reflected in programs preventing and mitigating conflict, resolving conflict and building stable, resilient, peaceful societies. Strategies include capacity-building and technical assistance, general support, leadership and professional development, media, publishing, and productions, network-building and collaboration, policy, advocacy, and systems reform, prevention, public education, and research and evaluation.

Why focus on public education?

JFF has an opportunity to step in and contribute to organizations and programs that attempt to build a new narrative on war and peace in the United States. More specifically, JFF is interested in programs that educate and promote effective alternatives to war and violence. Research informs us that when people in the United States are aware of nonviolent alternatives to war they are less likely to support going to war. JFF hopes to change the dominant war system narrative toward one of peace and justice in a Global Peace System.

Funding and Examples

We offer a few examples of the type of organization funded in the past by The Jubitz Family Foundation that may fit our future funding focus. Please note there are no guarantees of funding for any organization, even those listed as examples.

Pictured: People attend a workshop on violence prevention. 

Photo by Patrick Hiller.

Peace Voice

PeaceVoice is a peace and justice public intellectual US op-ed free distribution service. The program is devoted to changing U.S. national conversation about the possibilities of peace and justice and the inadvisability of war and injustice. They believe that nonviolent conflict transformation from destructive to constructive —peace and justice by peaceable means—can help shape public discourse and thus, ultimately, public policy.

Global Zero

Global Zero is the international movement for the elimination of nuclear weapons. Global Zero has spent years building a nonpartisan, international community of influential political, military, business, civic and faith leaders – matched by a powerful global grassroots movement. They try to create unified, international public pressure to create the political will among world leaders to work toward the elimination of all nuclear weapons.

Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies (University of Notre Dame)

The Kroc Institute is one of the world’s leading centers for the study of the causes of violent conflict and strategies for sustainable peace. Among the many initiative ranging from monitoring the implementation of the Colombian peace accords to public education on diplomacy, sanctions and nonproliferation surrounding the so-called Iran Nuclear Deal.

Pictured: A panel discussion on critical lessons from the Vietnam War. Photo by Patrick Hiller.

Institute for Economics and Peace

The Institute for Economics and Peace is a global think tank dedicated to shifting the world’s focus to peace as a positive, achievable, and tangible measure of human well-being and progress. In addition to publishing the annual Global Peace Index and other high visibility reports, the institute has launched a program to train Rotarians on the positive peace framework.