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Seeds of Peace, Inc.

Courage to Lead Change

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

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Mission

Seeds of Peace develops courageous leaders who work in solidarity across differences to create more just and inclusive societies.

Ruling year info

1993

Chief Impact Officer

Eva Armour

Chief Operating Officer

Vishnu Swaminathan

Main address

370 Lexington Ave Ste 201

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)

IRS filing requirement

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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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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 8,500 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.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

American Camp Association - Member 2023

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of program graduates

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Graduates from our flagship Seeds of Peace Camp.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

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

The Seeds of Peace 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 and building 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 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.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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 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

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, 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 demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, 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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Seeds of Peace, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 03/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Sandra Wijnberg

No Affiliation

Term: 2021 - 2024

Jane Toll

No Affiliation

Janet Wallach

No Affiliation

Christine Ramsay Covey

No Affiliation

Bobbie Gottschalk

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Peggy Tanner

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Scott Birnbaum

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Jeremy Goldberg

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Steven B. Gruber

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Tiziana Sousou

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Bruce Saber

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Jordan Solomon

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Karen Karniol-Tambour

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Robert C. Bordone

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Sandra S. Wijnberg

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Pious Ali

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Anna Tunkel

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Amer Kamal

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Jason Craige-Harris

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Karen Karniol-Tambour

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Richard Dale

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Sam Frieder

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Shaiza Rizavi

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Susan Bloch

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Sushant Palakurthi Rao

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/18/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian/Asian American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/06/2023

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 analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • 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 have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.