Paula Green Legacy Fund

We consistently meet visionary people in the most difficult of circumstances. It is a privilege to accompany our partners in their courageous search for peace and justice. Their remarkable capacity for resilience keeps hope alive in dark times.

– Dr. Paula Green

In honor of the pioneering and inspiring work of our founder, the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding launched the Paula Green Legacy Fund in 2022. The fund is designed to honor and carry on Paula’s legacy by providing support directly to our local peacebuilding partner organizations—both for short-term, urgent needs, and for longer term capacity development.

Among grassroots peacebuilding organizations, small amounts of funding can make an enormous difference. We look forward to continuing to work and learn together with our partners to ensure this fund has the greatest strategic impact.

This fund is a special initiative, separate from the Annual Fund that supports our core operations across all program areas. 

What this fund is making possible

    The Paula Green Legacy Fund gives us the flexibility to support many more strategic, community-based peacebuilding responses—arising from our partnerships in more than 30 countries over the past 29 years. We hope it will also allow us to provide bridge funding to grassroots initiatives after or between grant-funded projects, to sustain local peacebuilding capacity.

    Please note: this is a limited fund that makes small grants by invitation only.

    Our second round of grants from the fund, in late 2023, support three organizations doing vital peacebuilding work:

    • Combatants for Peace (CfP) is a binational organization founded by former members of the Israeli army and former participants in the violent struggle for Palestinian freedom—who have since renounced violence to work in partnership, nonviolently, for an end to the occupation and a just and lasting peace. You can learn more about Combatants for Peace at cfpeace.org and afcfp.org. The Paula Green Legacy Fund provided a modest emergency grant to support CfP’s activism in November 2023.
    • A partner organization in Myanmar (unnamed out of respect for the safety of peace workers), which was recently involved in our Watering the Banyan Tree project, received a PGLF grant to support their work to build tolerance and respect across divides within the country’s civil society, even under military rule.
    • Small Steps/Mali Koraci is a local peacebuilding organization in Bosnia and Herzegovina that promotes peace, nonviolence, and inter-religious understanding at all levels of society—using dialogue, non-violent communication training, and collaborative activities with people from different ethno-religious backgrounds. 

    Our first round of grants earlier in 2023 supported three longstanding Karuna partners during times of economic hardship worldwide:

    • The Center for Peacebuilding (CIM)—which works in areas still deeply impacted by the Bosnian War to rebuild trust and foster reconciliation across ethnic and religious divides, through activities including dialogue, counseling, interfaith collaboration, youth peace camps, and skill-building in conflict resolution.
    • Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities (HROC)—which creates psychological supports for people and communities, including survivors, former perpetrators, bystanders, and returnees of the Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda, to heal their traumatic conflicts and rebuild their peaceful lives.
    • Sarvodaya Shanthi Senameaning Peace Brigades—is the youth wing of the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement. It is country-wide youth force consisting of over 120,000 youth volunteers dedicated to peacebuilding and community development, through some 9,800 Youth Circles around the country. This grant supports interfaith peacebuilding training for youth religious leaders within interfaith councils that were part of our earlier joint project to foster inter-ethnic and inter-religious reconciliation in the aftermath of civil war.

    Please visit their websites to learn more about these organizations’ innovative and vitally important contributions to peace!

     

     

     

    How to contribute

    Thank you to everyone who contributed to the fund’s launch!

    Checks can be made out to:
    Karuna Center for Peacebuilding*
    PO Box 727
    Greenfield, MA 01302

     

    *please be sure to write “Paula Green Fund” in the memo line

    If you would like to make a stock gift or EFT, please contact us at info@karunacenter.org or 413-256-3800. Our EIN is: 04-3437359.