Seeds of Peace, Inc.

Courage to Lead Change

aka Seeds of Peace   |   New York, NY   |  http://www.seedsofpeace.org

Mission

Seeds of Peace inspires and cultivates new generations of global leaders in communities divided by conflict. We equip them with the skills and relationships they need to accelerate social, economic, and political changes essential for peace.

Ruling year info

1993

Executive Director

Leslie Lewin

Main address

370 Lexington Ave Ste 1201

New York, NY 10017 USA

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EIN

52-1814447

NTEE code info

Promotion of International Understanding (Q20)

International Peace and Security (Q40)

Leadership Development (W70)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Young people are consistently at the forefront of movements for social change and can serve as a driving force behind either peace or violence. Seeds of Peace is critically aware that the youth of today will be the parents, educators, politicians, lawyers, journalists, businesspeople, and other influencers of tomorrow. We therefore consider it crucial to nurture empathy and a global outlook in promising young leaders and to provide them with the partners, skills, and tools they need to overcome the legacies of hatred and mistrust that they inherit.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program Overview

Since 1993, Seeds of Peace has set the standard in international peacebuilding by providing exceptional young people and educators from regions of conflict with an otherwise impossible opportunity to meet their historic enemies face-to-face at our Camp in Maine.

We build on their extra-ordinary and critical relationships and understanding through year-round local programs that focus on the core leadership capacities needed to advance peace.

There are now over 7,000 Seeds and Educators from 27 countries who prove that solutions exist, peace is possible, and there is reason to have hope for a better future.

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Where we work

Accreditations

American Camping Association (ACA) - Accreditation 2014

Affiliations & memberships

American Camp Association - Member 2014

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We inspire and cultivate new generations of global leaders in communities divided by conflict by equipping them with the skills and relationships needed to accelerate social, economic, and political changes essential for peace.

Seeds of Peace’s approach focuses on three types of change: personal, interpersonal, and wider societal change. Our leadership development model begins with a transformational camp session in Maine for exceptional young people and educators living in conflict. The program shifts attitudes and perceptions while building respect and empathy.

Our approach continues through year-round local programs that strengthen relationships and leadership capacities. We then accelerate the impact and influence of our alumni who are challenging the ideologies, policies, and practices that perpetuate conflict.

-26 years experience working in some of the world's most intractable conflicts, with youth and educators from 27 countries
-Highly talented year-round staff in each country in which we currently work
- ACA accredited camp facility with strong track record of meeting short term impact outcomes
-Alumni network numbering more than 7,000, increasingly mobilized to give back to the organization through volunteerism, involvement with youth, and financial or in-kind donations
-Energized and committed Board and volunteer community

Seeds of Peace's International Camp and local programs consistently demonstrate positive results. For example:

 Campers show significant positive attitude change about the other side from pre-camp to post-camp in terms of empathy and humanization towards the 'other side', as well as reduced anxiety about interacting with them
 100% of Jewish Israeli campers and 94% of Palestinian campers reported having formed more than one personal, positive relationship with someone from 'the other side' while at Camp. These relationships have been found to be the single most important factor in shifting attitudes—the foundation for improving relations between Palestinians and Israelis and driving social change.
 1 in 5 of our Israeli and Palestinian alumni continued to participate in formal peacebuildng work, for more than 40 initiatives and institutions, in their adult years

We are currently working to better measure and understand our alumni's efforts to enact economic, social, and political change in ways that can meaningfully transform conflict – beyond involvement in explicit peacebuilding activities. We launched a beta survey with a small group of alumni in 2015 and aim to roll that out with our full alumni community in the coming year.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Seeds of Peace, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 09/17/2019
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Board chair

Steven B. Gruber

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Term: 2017 -

Jane Toll

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Richard Berman

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Arn Tellem

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Nancy Tellem

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Janet Wallach

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David Strasser

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Robert Toll

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Christine Covey

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David Avital

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Bobbie Gottschalk

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Sebastian Stubbe

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Peggy Tanner

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Cynthia Baker-Burns

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Vivek Bantwal

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Scott Birnbaum

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Matthew Courey

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Jeremy Goldberg

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Joel Jacob

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Amin Badr-El-Din

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Ali Velshi

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Leila Straus

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Deborah Scher

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Raed Elkhatib

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Tal Recanati

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Steven Gruber

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Tiziana Sousou

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Bob MacLeod

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Bruce Saber

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Jordan Solomon

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Karen Karniol-Tambour

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Robert Bordone

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Sandra Wijnberg

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Louis D’Ambrosio

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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 ? Yes
  • 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? Yes