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Ploughshares Fund

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Established 1981
Exec. Dir. Philip Yun
Founder Sally Lilienthal (1919 - 2006)
President Joseph Cirincione
Chair Mary Lloyd Estrin
Headquarters San Francisco, CA, USA

The Ploughshares Fund is a public grantmaking foundation that supports initiatives to prevent the spread and use of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons and other weapons of war, and to prevent conflicts that could lead to the use of weapons of mass destruction. Ploughshares is a 501(c)(3) foundation that pools contributions from individuals, families and foundations. With over $100 million awarded in grants since its founding in 1981, Ploughshares Fund is the largest U.S. philanthropic foundation focused exclusively on peace and security grantmaking.[1]


Concerned about the world’s burgeoning nuclear arsenals, San Francisco philanthropist and activist Sally Lilienthal founded the organization in 1981. Ploughshares enables individual contributors to pool resources and provide support for initiatives to prevent the spread and use of nuclear weapons. Since it was founded, Ploughshares has made grants totaling nearly $100 million to hundreds of people and organizations around the world, becoming the largest grantmaking foundation in the U.S. whose exclusive mission is peace and security funding.[1][2]

Sally Lilienthal died in October 2006, at the age of 87, while still serving as Ploughshares Fund's president.[3] In 2008 the Board of Directors appointed Joseph Cirincione as Ploughshares Fund's president.[4]

Issue areas

Ploughshares Fund’s grantmaking is focused on the following issues:

  • Nuclear Weapons
  • Nuclear Materials
  • Missiles and Space
  • Conflict Prevention[2][5]

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