Fetzer Institute

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Fetzer Institute
Founded 1962
Founder John Fetzer
Type Private foundation
(IRS status): 501(c)(3)
Method Endowment
200+ Advisors
Key people
Bob Boisture, President and CEO
Website www.fetzer.org

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 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] The Fetzer Institute also sponsors the Collective Wisdom Institute, co-founded by Alan Briskin and Carol Frenier.[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]


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 Khamiza, 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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