* Assets: $127,362,964 (2017)
* Grants Received: $5 (2017)
* Grants Awarded: $0 (2017)
The Iowa-based Stanley Foundation (SF) was created in 1956 by the engineer C. Maxwell Stanley and his wife Elizabeth, as a result of what the Foundation describes as the couple’s “deep concerns about global security in an increasingly interdependent world.” SF’s initial board of directors consisted only of the two founders and their children, and its programming began on a small scale. The Foundation’s policy dialogue work started in 1960 with a “Strategy for Peace” conference, and its first “United Nations of the Next Decade” gathering was held five years later. SF’s first paid staff member came on board in 1967. Four years after that, Project Enrichment, the Foundation’s initial community-education program, was instituted in the schools of Muscatine, Iowa.
C. Maxwell Stanley served as president of SF until his death in 1984, at which time his son, Richard Stanley, succeeded him in that position. A professional engineer like his father, Richard remains president of the Foundation to this day. The SF website depicts him as a “world citizen,” in the mold of the father.
In 1989, SF established a two-tier governance structure to facilitate greater involvement by members of the extended Stanley family. Today, many third-generation family members are engaged in the Foundation’s work.
Stating that its mission is to “create fair, just, and lasting solutions to critical issues of peace and security,” SF is a member organization of the Peace and Security Funders Group. The Foundation invariably advocates efforts to achieve what it calls “principled multilateralism in addressing international issues,” so that “the causes of conflict are addressed and disputes are resolved without recourse to violence.”
Following is a brief overview of SF’s five major initiatives today:
To view a list of the Stanley Foundation’s past programs, click here.
For additional information on the Stanley Foundation, click here.
Further Reading: StanleyFoundation.org (“History“, “Who We Are“, “Nuclear Policy Program“, “Mass Violence and Atrocities Program“, “Climate Change Program“, “Media Programming Initiative“); “The Stanley Foundation” (PRX.org).