Ploughshares Fund

Investing in Peace and Security Worldwide

San Francisco, CA   |  http://www.ploughshares.org

Mission

Ploughshares Fund is a public grantmaking foundation dedicated to building a nuclear weapon-free world by supporting the smartest people with the best ideas for preventing the spread and use of nuclear weapons, and preventing conflicts that could lead to their use. Ploughshares Fund is designed to act quickly with a minimum of red tape, to fund anywhere in the world, and to provide seed funding to new, innovative initiatives.

Ruling year info

1981

President

Dr. Emma Belcher

Main address

315 Bay Street Suite 400

San Francisco, CA 94133 USA

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EIN

94-2764520

NTEE code info

Arms Control, Peace Organizations (Q41)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (R05)

Public Foundations (T30)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Nuclear weapons pose the greatest single threat to humanity. Since 1993, there have been 454 confirmed incidents of illegal possession, smuggling, purchasing, or selling of nuclear or otherwise radioactive materials. The US President has the absolute and total authority to order a nuclear attack. Neither Congress nor any other governmental authority has oversight over a launch decision. There are still over 13,000 nuclear weapons left on the planet; over 90% are in the US and Russia, with the remainder in China, France, India, Israel, North Korea, Pakistan and the United Kingdom. There have been dozens of nuclear false alarms, yet the president has a mere 10 minutes to decide whether to launch an attack when an incoming strike is reported.

Our programs

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

General Grantmaking

Ploughshares Fund's grantmaking address three central concerns: the spread and use of nuclear weapons; armed conflicts that could lead to the use or acquisition of nuclear weapons and conflict and regional security. Within these issue areas, we seek out and support initiatives that apply innovation and technical solutions, engage the media, educate the public and policymakers, advocate for legislative change and promote global engagement. But Ploughshares is more than just a funder -- as an integral member of the community of organizations addressing these issues, we also function as a convenor of the many people and institutions that make up the peace and security community.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Equity Rises aims to increase equity and justice in nuclear policy by empowering diverse voices, cultivating inclusive spaces and collaborating with new partners inside and outside the field. Programmatically, Equity Rises will serve as a core, structural component of the Ploughshares Fund mission to eliminate the threat of nuclear weapons, by expanding its scope of inclusivity to gender, race and disability. Building off of the momentum and progress by the Women’s Initiative, Equity Rises will continue to disrupt assumptions on how and who has a say in the matter of making the world a m

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Ethnic and racial groups
People with disabilities
LGBTQ people
Veterans

The Cowles Fund is a separately endowed fund that promotes a
better understanding of root causes of conflict in unstable regions
of the world where nuclear weapons exist. Its investments are
currently focused on South Asia and the Middle East.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons:

•Prevent a war with Iran in the wake of the US violation of the Iran nuclear agreement while supporting congressional and European efforts to sustain the agreement.

•Support diplomacy with North Korea to reduce tensions, avoid war and roll back its nuclear weapons program and maintain peace on the Korean Peninsula.

•Lead a coordinated effort to prevent a new nuclear arms race, blocking new nuclear weapons in our own country and working with our allies to freeze and cut nuclear arsenals in other nations.

•Address the root causes of conflict in regions at risk of nuclear war, such as South Asia, where tensions remain high between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan.

Our unique approach to grantmaking—crafted, tested and refined over the past 40 years—has delivered the best returns for peace and security time and again:

•We act as the hub of a diverse network of thought leaders, innovators and campaigners, facilitating advocacy and media efforts to maximize the collective impact of our grantees’ work on nuclear threats.

•Our own specialized team of media savvy experts and advocates brings widespread attention to the issues that matter to us – and to our grantees – influencing the national narrative on nuclear policy.

•We take calculated risks, providing seed funding to explore uncharted strategies for reducing nuclear threats. This enables untapped innovative ideas and initiatives to take root, grow and thrive.

As the largest funder exclusively dedicated to the reduction and eventual elimination of nuclear weapons we are able to bring together experts and advocates from around the world to work towards ending the nuclear threat.

Since our founding in 1981, we have:

•Funded American and Soviet scientists who first demonstrated the feasibility of verifying a treaty banning nuclear weapon tests.

•Stopped the development of controversial and unnecessary nuclear weapons technologies like the 'bunker buster' in the post-9/11 era.

•Brought together 30 organizations in a campaign to win ratification of the New START Treaty, reducing US– and Russian–deployed strategic weapons.

•Supported crucial diplomatic efforts to stop the spread of nuclear weapons, including the historic 1996 treaty to ban all nuclear tests.

•Funded the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) as they created international created the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons — an act that won them the Nobel Peace Prize.

•Worked with over 85 organizations and 200 individuals to run a five-year, $12 million campaign to forge a diplomatic solution to the Iran nuclear crisis which culminated in the creation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Ploughshares Fund

Board of directors
as of 08/24/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Terry Gamble Boyer

Terry Gamble Boyer

Writer and Philanthropist

Philip Ames

Vice President, Investment Management Division, Goldman Sachs

Farshad Farahat

Actor and director

John Feikema

Principal, Feikema and Associates

Connie Foote

Psychologist and philantrophist

Pamela Hamamoto

Former Ambassador to the United Nations Geneva

Gretchen Hund

Former Director of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Center for Global Security

Ethan Kelly

General Sales Manager, Bonneville Seattle Media Group

Ben Rhodes

National Security Advisor and consultant

Eric Schlosser

Journalist, playwright and film maker

Tyler Wigg-Stevenson

Scholar-in-Residence at Little Trinity Church

Gael Tarleton

Former WA State Representative, 36th District

Margaret Tough

Partner, Latham & Watkins

Amy McGrath

Former Marine Corps F/A-18 pilot

Emma Belcher

President of Ploughshares Fund

Doug Michelman

SVP, Corporate Communications at Sprint

Don Mordecai

National Leader for Mental Health and Wellness for The Permanente Federation

Board leadership practices

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  • 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/24/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/16/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.