A.J. Muste Memorial Institute

Supporting progressive, grassroots activism.

aka A.J.M.M.I.   |   New York, NY   |  http://www.ajmuste.org

Mission

The A.J. Muste Memorial Institute is a nonprofit charitable foundation established in 1974 to honor pacifist leader A.J. Muste. We provide grants, fiscal sponsorships, educational publications, and a range of support to activist organizations using nonviolent strategies to oppose war and promote justice.

Ruling year info

1974

Executive Director

Heidi Boghosian

Main address

217 Centre Street #339

New York, NY 10013 USA

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EIN

23-7379088

NTEE code info

International Peace and Security (Q40)

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

Citizen Participation (W24)

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Social Justice Fund

Reviewed 3 times annually, organizing grants of up to $5,000 are awarded to activist organizations with small budgets and little access to mainstream funding sources. Examples of issues we fund include:

- stop war and militarism
- abolish the death penalty
- support labor organizing
- defend immigrant rights
- oppose the carceral state
- expose dangers of nuclear weapons and nuclear power

Population(s) Served
Activists
Ethnic and racial groups
Adults
Children and youth

Created in 1994, this fund makes grants of up to $4,000 for trainings which help people learn how to collectively use the theory and practice of nonviolent action as part of ongoing campaigns or programs for social justice. Projects must be located outside the United States, or within Native nations in the US.

Population(s) Served
Activists

The Institute's pamphlet series consists of historical and contemporary essays on issues of social change. Topics include nonviolent resistance and national defense, liberation struggles, racism, sexism, and labor organizing.

Population(s) Served
Activists
Multiracial people

The Muste Institute has historically provided affordable office and meeting space in New York City to help foster collaborative grassroots community initiatives. The Institute is working virtually from July 2021 for up to a year as we explore how the Covid pandemic may impact collaborative work. We fully expect to continue supporting on-the-ground activism in many different forms.

Population(s) Served
Activists
Multiracial people

The Harrop A. and Ruth S. Freeman Peace Internship Endowment was created in 1996 by a bequest from life-long peace activists Ruth and Harrop Freeman to provide stipends to interns in the War Resisters League’s national office.

Population(s) Served
Students
Activists

The Sara Ann Bilezikian Peace Internship Endowment was created in 2011 by a gift from Sophie and John Bilezikian in honor of their daughter's legacy of social justice action. The Endowment provides stipends to interns working in the War Resisters League’s national office.

Population(s) Served

Through fiscal sponsorship, the Institute helps organizations receive tax-deductible contributions for educational work related to peace and social justice.

Population(s) Served
Activists

Where we work

Financials

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A.J. Muste Memorial Institute

Board of directors
as of 7/28/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Diane Tosh

James Cole

Peter Muste

Robert Taylor

Nina Streich

Matt Meyer

Johanna Fernandez

Baruch College

Diane Tosh

Ynestra King

Carol Kalafatic

King Downing

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Armenian
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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