American Friends Service Committee

Quaker action for a just world

aka AFSC   |   Philadelphia, PA   |  http://www.afsc.org

Mission

Guided by the Quaker belief in the divine light of each person, AFSC works with communities and partners worldwide to challenge unjust systems and promote lasting peace.

Ruling year info

1950

General Secretary

Joyce Ajlouny

Main address

1501 Cherry St

Philadelphia, PA 19102 USA

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EIN

23-1352010

NTEE code info

Arms Control, Peace Organizations (Q41)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Management & Technical Assistance (S02)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Everyone deserves to live in safety and peace. But today, the civil and human rights of immigrants, Muslims, and people of color are under attack, and militarism is on the rise. Neither nuclear weapons, nor border walls, nor troops on every continent and ocean will ever render the world safe. That’s because true security can only be attained by bridging divides, building better relationships, and implementing just policies. AFSC implements successful peacebuilding and development programs and supports underserved communities around the world, connecting activists and movements and advocating for policies that support peaceful outcomes.

Our programs

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

Building peace with justice

Peace and security can never be achieved through violence. AFSC advocates for economic and social systems grounded in nonviolence and shared security. Not only do we implement successful peacebuilding and development programs in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East, but we also work to transform the United States’ role in international conflicts.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We believe all people deserve to be safe from harm and treated with fairness and dignity. AFSC directly supports migrant and refugee communities and works for humane immigration policies. Our immigration programs include legal services, training, human rights monitoring, and immigrant-led organizing and advocacy.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants
Migrant workers

AFSC works to promote healing – instead of punishment – in the U.S. criminal justice system. The United States currently has the highest incarceration rate of any country in the world, disproportionately impacting poor people and people of color. We advocate for alternatives to incarceration, better reintegration after prison, an end to prison privatization, and more humane conditions of confinement.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people

Racism, xenophobia, religious discrimination, colonialism, and other forms of oppression all stand in the way of creating the just and peaceful world that we all deserve. AFSC works with people in the U.S. and around the world to foster diversity, inclusion, and equality – and to protect targeted communities from violence and oppression, including immigrants, people of color, Muslims and other religious groups, and LGBTQ people. We provide communities with tools, trainings, and other resources to stop hateful acts and to encourage inclusive policies and practices that promote safety for all.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Billions of dollars are spent annually on militarism while families and communities across the U.S. and around the world have inadequate access to food, housing, sustainable livelihoods, and other essentials. AFSC works to support just economic policies and access to basic resources. We also provide tools to help people and institutions make socially responsible investments, including divesting from private prisons, immigrant detention, and border militarization.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Young leaders are vital to overcoming racism, violence, and other barriers to lasting peace. AFSC provides trainings and other resources for youth to hone the skills they need to organize and address the most pressing issues facing their communities. We also connect youth leaders around the world so they can work together, strengthen their capacity to transform systems of injustice, and inspire others to work for social change.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Adolescents

Where we work

Awards

Nobel Peace Prize 1947

Nobel Foundation

Affiliations & memberships

InterAction - Member 2013

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.

AFSC strives for a world in which:
-Every person is valued, respected, and included as an equal.
-All have access to basic resources such as water, food, and shelter.
-Governments and institutions are fair and accountable.
-Economic development provides jobs with dignity and promotes community well-being.
-Conflicts are addressed without force or coercion, in ways that promote healing and reconciliation.

As a peace organization, AFSC seeks not only to address urgent needs, but to help change the conditions that lead to violence and injustice. We bring concerns from remote locations around the globe to key policy centers in the U.S. and at the United Nations, leveraging our connections to great effect while maintaining a small footprint.

We provide services to people in need – from offering legal services and know your rights trainings to immigrants to responding to people in prison reporting human rights violations or seeking resources to transform their lives.

We also train activists and connect movements for social change. That includes providing opportunities for youth to develop their leadership skills, helping Muslims and allies develop strategies to stop Islamophobia, and supporting communities in the U.S. in ending local collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

And we build bridges for peaceful international relations, including helping facilitate humanitarian engagement in North Korea and Myanmar and working with communities in in Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean to build sustainable livelihoods.

AFSC offers resources, training, and inspiration to help people lay foundations for peace with justice wherever they are. We listen carefully to the communities where we work, speak truth to power, create spaces for healing and reconciliation, and work to address racism and discrimination, militarism, and other root causes of violence. We work in 17 countries and 31 U.S. cities, and we often serve as a convener, bringing community members, grassroots activists, and policymakers together to make connections, learn from one another, and find common ground.

In 2019, our program accomplishments included:

ADVOCATING FOR IMMIGRANT RIGHTS:
-Provided legal services and Know Your Rights trainings to more than 10,000 immigrants across the U.S.
-Mobilized tens of thousands of people in a successful campaign to shut down the largest detention center for migrant children in the U.S.
-Responded to migrant caravans traveling through Central America to the U.S by providing humanitarian aid, monitoring for human rights violations, and advocating for more humane U.S. immigration policies.
-Supported community organizing and advocacy efforts in multiple states, which led to successful policy changes, including ending collaboration between Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and local law enforcement.

BUILDING PEACE WITH JUSTICE
-Brought nearly 600 global south leaders and community members together for Dialogue and Exchange programs where they could exchange ideas and collectively solve problems.
-Coordinated a speaking tour and public education campaigns in the U.S. to build support for ending the blockade on Gaza.
-Promoted opportunities for diplomatic engagement between the U.S. and North Korea, including coordinating meetings between members of the Korea Peace Network and key government officials as well as drafting legislation calling for a formal end to the Korean War.

MAKING WAY FOR YOUTH-LED SOCIAL CHANGE
-Engaged more than 17,000 youth in the U.S. and around the world in trainings, anti-racism organizing, and peacebuilding activities.

CALLING FOR JUST ECONOMIES
-Organized and supported successful advocacy efforts to eliminate barriers to food assistance and employment for formerly incarcerated people in West Virginia.
-Supported people in Burundi in learning and using vocational skills to support themselves and their families--while developing conflict transformation skills to resolve issues peacefully.
-Researched companies complicit in human rights violations and made that information available to investors and the public.

PROMOTING HEALING IN THE JUSTICE SYSTEM
-Responded to 3,400 letters from people in prison.
-Brought programming to 336 individuals who are currently and formerly incarcerated.
-Advocated for better justice system and prison policies in 11 states. For example, we helped lead successful advocacy efforts to abolish the death penalty in New Hampshire and limit solitary confinement in New Jersey.

CREATING INCLUSIVE COMMUNITIES
-Provided resources to more than 21,000 people on bystander intervention and other responses to harassment of immigrants, Muslims, and other targeted communities.
-Trained hundreds of people in the U.S. to understand counter Islamophobia, including challenging a problematic federally funded program known as "Countering Violent Extremism."

Financials

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American Friends Service Committee

Board of directors
as of 4/18/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Nikki Vangsnes (presiding)

Peter Woodrow

Alison Duncan

Nikki Vangsnes

Mira Tanna

Marcy Wenzler

Veronica Wetherill

Joyce Ajlouny

(General Secretary)

Richard Erstad

James Fletcher

Damon Motz-Storey

Kenneth Oye

David Singleton

Alvardo Alvarado

Sa'ed Atshan

Actress Bartlett

Marjan Ehsassi

Steve Fortuna

Paul Kerr

Ann Lennon

Darlene McDonald

Esther Mombo

Damon Motz-Storey

Nicholas Thomas

Gloria Thompson

Organizational demographics

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Palestinian
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Person without a disability

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