Fetzer Institute

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Fetzer Institute
FounderJohn Fetzer
TypePrivate foundation
(IRS status): 501(c)(3)
200+ Advisors
Key people
Bob Boisture, President and CEO

The Fetzer Institute is a private operating foundation based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, US, founded by broadcaster and former Detroit Tigers baseball team owner John E Fetzer. Since its founding in 1962, the Fetzer Institute has been interested in individual and community health and wholeness, from its early days of mind-body health research to its current mission of fostering awareness of the power of love and forgiveness in the emerging global community. As an endowment, the institute has supported reconciliation projects in Colombia, Rwanda, and South Africa. It has also funded development projects in the US such as Camp Abilities, a New York-based sporting camp for visually impaired children and Baltimore Clayworks, a community arts program for inner city residents.[1][2]

Love is the core energy that rules everything ...love is the one ingredient that holds us all together.

—John E. Fetzer

The Institute currently operates from an endowment in excess of $500 million. For the 2006–2007 fiscal year, the Institute has a total budgeted payout of approximately $18 million. The Fetzer Memorial Trust, an additional endowment established by John Fetzer through his estate, is currently valued at $85 million.[3] It operates the Fetzer Franklin Fund to advance the integrative scientific vision of the founder John E Fetzer in fields like Quantum Physics, Biology among others, through financing scientific conferences and research grants. One of the larger conferences was held in London on the occasion of 100th birthday of late Quantum physicist David Bohm in October 2017. Keynotes at this conference, devoted to the field of Emerging Quantum Mechanics were given by UK based physicists Sir Roger Penrose and Basil Hiley among others.


The chairman of the John E. Fetzer Institute Inc is Robert F. Lehman, he served as the President of Institute from 1989 to 2000.[4] Other individuals connected with the institute include, Parker Palmer,[5] Arthur Zajonc, Krista Tippett, Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, Azim Khamisa, Sakena Yacoobi,[6] Hafsat Abiola,[7] Andrea Bartoli,[8] Mohammed Abu-Nimer[9]


As of June 2015, Fetzer Institute Inc counts the following organizations as partners: Ashoka, Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, Wisdom 2.0,

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  1. ^ "Our Work". www.fetzer.org. Fetzer Institute. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  2. ^ "The Call". www.collectivewisdominitiative.com. Collective Wisdom Initiative. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  3. ^ http://www.zoominfo.com/s/#!search/profile/company?companyId=42110704&targetid=profile
  4. ^ https://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/person.asp?personId=4940399&privcapId=3534991&previousCapId=3534991&previousTitle=John%20E.%20Fetzer%20Institute%20Inc.
  5. ^ https://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/02202009/profile2.html
  6. ^ http://www.afghaninstituteoflearning.org/our-founder.html
  7. ^ http://www.learningpartnership.org/node/1736
  8. ^ http://scar.gmu.edu/event/andrea-bartoli-served-advisor-fetzer-advisory-council-governing-professions
  9. ^ http://fetzer.org/resources/partners/mohammed-abu-nimer
  10. ^ https://humanityunited.org/
  11. ^ John Templeton Foundation