Palm Harbor, FL   |
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EIN: 20-3915218


The US Peace Memorial Foundation honors Americans who stand for peace by publishing the "US Peace Registry," awarding the US Peace Prize, and fundraising for the US Peace Memorial in Washington, DC. These projects help move us toward a culture of peace by recognizing thoughtful and courageous Americans and U.S. organizations that have taken a public stand against one or more U.S. wars or have devoted themselves to finding peaceful solutions to international conflicts. We celebrate these role models to inspire other Americans to speak out against war and to work for peace.

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Dr. Michael D. Knox

Main address

344 East Lake Road #136

Palm Harbor, FL 34685 USA

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NTEE code info

(Historical Societies and Related Activities) (A80)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.


Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Countless brave Americans have publicly opposed United States wars and advocated for peace, yet history does not often document their contributions. National monuments honor those who have engaged in combat or died in war, but there are no national memorials to indicate that US society values peace and citizens who take action to oppose war. In fact, these individuals are often held in contempt. Since culturally shared symbols reinforce commonly held social sentiment, the developing US Peace Memorial will significantly contribute to a cultural shift by educating and inspiring new generations of Americans to embrace and advocate for peaceful alternatives to war.

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US Peace Prize

The US Peace Memorial Foundation awards the US Peace Prize to recognize and honor the most outstanding American antiwar leaders. These courageous individuals and organizations have publicly opposed military interventions such as invasion, occupation, production of weapons of mass destruction, use of weapons, threats of war, or other actions that compromise peace. Recipients include Ajamu Baraka, David Swanson, Ann Wright, Veterans for Peace, Kathy Kelly, CODEPINK Women for Peace, Chels ea Manning, Medea Benjamin, Noam Chomsky, Dennis Kucinich, and Cindy Sheehan.

By honoring these and other courageous role models, we hope to provide positive reinforcement to encourage their antiwar activism and inspire more Americans to speak out for peace and to work to end war.

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The "US Peace Registry" honors Americans who work for peace, recognizing and documenting the activities of U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and organizations that have publicly opposed militarization and military solutions to international problems. It is hoped that honoring these courageous role models and leaders will inspire new generations of Americans to speak out for peace and to work to end the hatred, ignorance, greed, and intolerance that lead to war.

The specific examples of actions/behaviors listed under each individual or organization are intended to provide ideas and guidance to others so that peace/antiwar behaviors can be replicated nationwide. It should stimulate new discussions, help people feel more comfortable speaking out, and lead to greater citizen involvement in antiwar activities. This compilation of strategies will be a valuable resource for all activists; students and scholars who study peace, protest, and civil disobedience; and practitioners engaged in research, teaching, action, and organization building.

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The Foundation is fundraising and planning for the US Peace Memorial as a permanent national monument engraved with quotes from well-known Americans and equipped with electronic access to information about the people and organizations we honor.

Although it may take years to fund, design, and build the physical structure in our nation’s capital, all elements currently exist online at,,, and Until it is constructed, our website is the US Peace Memorial.

The monument will make it clear to our citizens that advocating for peaceful solutions to international problems and opposing war are honorable endeavors. A national monument to peacemakers can further raise awareness of these activities and help to change our cultural mindset so that it will no longer be acceptable to label those who speak out against war as un-American, anti-military, disloyal, or unpatriotic.

Just as you see military veterans at war monuments talking to young people, the US Peace Memorial will serve a similar function of uniting generations. Once the monument is built, it will be harder to disparage those who oppose war. When criticized, a person could say, “Don’t you know there is a national monument dedicated to people just like me?”

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Our results

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Since 2005, the US Peace Memorial Foundation has directed a nationwide effort to honor Americans who stand for peace by publishing the US Peace Registry, awarding the US Peace Prize, and raising funds to build the US Peace Memorial in Washington, DC. We recognize thoughtful and courageous Americans and U.S. organizations that have taken a public stand against one or more U.S. wars or have devoted their time, energy, and other resources to finding peaceful solutions to international conflicts. We celebrate these role models to inspire other Americans to speak out against war and work for peace.

Strategies that move us closer to our goals include utilizing volunteers to help bolster our social media presence, publishing a book to spread awareness of our mission, awarding a peace prize annually, speaking with organizations that align with our cause, and creating email marketing campaigns to our listserv that inspire donors and volunteers.

Early on, we set four benchmarks to achieve before announcing our national campaign to raise the millions of dollars needed to build the US Peace Memorial as a national monument. In the press release to announce the campaign, we want to be able to say that we have one thousand Founding Members representing all fifty states, have honored one thousand individuals and organizations in the US Peace Registry who are working for peace, and have already raised one million dollars in donations.

Progress to date:
46 States Represented - 92% of our goal
467 Founding Members - 47% of our goal
292 Registrants - 29% of our goal
$201,942 in donations for the national monument - 20% of our goal



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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: 2023

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Contributions, Grants, Gifts $19,916
Program Services $0
Membership Dues $0
Special Events $0
Other Revenue $2,737
Total Revenue $22,679
Program Services $12,463
Administration $0
Fundraising $0
Payments to Affiliates $0
Other Expenses $0
Total Expenses $12,463


Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: 2023

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Total Assets $107,584
Total Liabilities $0
Fund balance (EOY)
Net Assets $107,584


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

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Dr. Michael D. Knox

Michael D. Knox earned his PhD in psychology from the University of Michigan in 1974. His academic career focused on issues of disease prevention, HIV infection, death, community mental health, and ethics. He authored more than 130 scholarly publications and was responsible for well over $50 million in research grants. He is currently a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at the University of South Florida. Dr. Knox’s long-standing peace and antiwar activities began in 1965 in opposition to the war against Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. In 2005, he founded the US Peace Memorial Foundation, which he currently chairs. After retiring from the university in 2011, he discontinued his license as a clinical psychologist in order to volunteer his full time to the Foundation's work. Additional biographical information is at and

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Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
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Board chair

Dr. Michael D. Knox

Lucy Bradley-Springer

Medea Benjamin

Margaret Kimberley

Jolyon Sasse

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? No
  • 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? No
  • 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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Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/27/2022

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.