Peace Development Fund

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Peace Development Fund
Peace Development Fund Logo.jpg
Founded January 1, 1981 (1981-01-01)
Founder Bob Mazer and Meg Gage
Type Human rights and social justice
Area served

The Peace Development Fund is a non-profit public foundation, based in Amherst, Massachusetts. Its mission statement describes it as working "to build the capacity of community-based organizations through grants, training, and other resources as partners in the human rights and social justice movements.[1]

The fund was co-founded in 1981 by Bob Mazer and Meg Gage, and originally focused on funding grassroots anti-nuclear organizations. They soon expanded to fund groups opposing the Reagan administration's policies in Central America, and later to low-income community organizing not necessarily related to war-and-peace issues. This last led to a broadened board of directors: as Meg Gage put it in 2007, "…to build a strong peace and social justice movement, you have to connect with people of color… I'm very proud of the large, diverse board we built."[2]


  1. ^ Mission Statement, Peace Development Fund. Reprinted in PeaceDevelopments, Peace Development Fund, spring 2007, p.4.
  2. ^ "Building a Strong Foundation," PeaceDevelopments, Peace Development Fund, spring 2007, p.4.