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Institute for Humane Education

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Civil Rights, Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, Education, Intergroup & Race Relations, Race

Mission: The Institute for Humane Education envisions a world in which people live humanely, sustainably, and peaceably.  To create this change, IHE trains people to be humane educators, advances the field of humane education, and provides tools and inspiration for living an examined, meaningful life.

Results: Since 1996, IHE has trained more than 2,500 humane educators, who have reached many thousands of students and others. In 1997 we launched the first Humane Education Certificate Program, and in 2000 we launched our Master of Education in Humane Education. We also offer month-long distance learning programs, as well as in-person Sowing Seeds and MOGO Workshops, and we have a variety of useful resources and tools to help those wanting to help create a humane world for people, animals and the planet.

Target demographics: IHE works with changemakers of all ages to help create a better world for all, from teachers and activists to students and concerned citizens.

Programs: The organization provides graduate, certificate, and other educational programs for people interested in becoming humane educators.

the organization provides information, tools, and resourcesfor living an examined and meaningful life through speakingengagements and workshops.

the organization is developing a model solutionary education cirriculum for world-wide distribution and a model school for implementing the cirriculum and for replication.

the organization explored the development of a solutionary congress and a hancock county teacher training initiative.

Community Stories

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Kim K.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

IHE completely changed my life for the better. I felt a calling to work towards creating a more just, compassionate, sustainable world for all but I had no idea how. That's when I found IHE and I knew I found my place in the world. I entered the graduate program in 2003 and gained an incredible education, learning about the interconnections between various forms of oppression and explotation, as well as age appropriate ways to teach about these issues in engaging ways to foster empathy and reverence, encourage critical thought, and inspire youth empowerd action. Thanks to my education at IHE I have been fortuate enough to work as a professional humane educator for the past 13 years teaching youth of all ages about pressing issues facing our world today and encouraging people of all ages to engage in compassionate activism. Thank you IHE; you transformed the course of my life both personally and professionally and I am forever grateful.

Evelyn M H.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of taking a humane education class taught by Mary Pat Champeau, and I found the content to be brilliant and thought-provoking, the instruction to supportively challenge me to discover and become the best version of myself, and the paradigm and philosophy espoused by Zoe Weil to be the most inspirational yet achievable hope and plan to tap and transform the innate love and compassion in each of us for all living beings and our planet. Life-changing!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have learned so much through IHE and the programs offered. What an amazing mission to help others learn about making humane choices through understanding and compassion. Creating a world filled with solutionaries is a great cause to support.

Erica Schmuck W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

IHE has opened my eyes to so many new points of view and the interconnectedness of the world

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Institute for Humane Education is an amazing organization focused on compassion, vision, and education. I have been blessed to take incredible coursework at IHE with highly knowledgable and experienced professors. Through IHE, I have made many lifestyle changes that reflect a decision to do the Most Good and Least Harm (MOGO). I strongly recommend IHE to anyone who wishes to pursue the connection between the environment, animal protection, and human rights.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization can change the world. I’m so grateful I found it; it has changed my teaching into more meaningful and hopeful work. They are teaching me how to create solutionaries for the world’s problems.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

When I first read Zoe Weil’s book, Most Good, Least Harm, I knew I had found the organization that would nourish my soul and inspire growth. An organization tackling the world’s most pressing issues through education, IHE will always have my support. Having shaped me to be the Humane Educator I am today, I now work for the nation’s leading farm animal rescue and protection organization, Farm Sanctuary, and I am nearly finished with my master’s in humane education through IHE’s programming. When you support this organization, you support education and positive change.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Institute for Humane Education, in short, changed my life. Their graduate degree program has provided me with the knowledge to re-enter this world as a conscious and informed global citizen. Their latest program, The Solutionary Program, for middle and high school students should be implemented in every school nationwide, and hopefully worldwide in the future. This educational program helps students understand the world around them to a deep degree, a feature that is lacking in traditional education today. With IHE, future generations will be able to participate fully in society and be active solutionaries.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am Nick Infante a truck driver w/ Dept. Of Corrections. This is a great organization, back in Aug 2018 I found an injured Great Horn Owl w/ fractured wing on the side of I-84 near Pendleton. I reported it state patrol, got ahold of ODFW then Bob & Lynn at Blue Mountain Wildlife, Bob came out immediately to meet where the owl was. Since then they got the owl immediate care and determined the prognosis and Faiththe Great Horne’s Owl is on her way to recovery and has been improving. I keep in weekly contact w/Lynn to see how Faith is doing to hear positive results and looks like she may be possibly releasable in a couple months. They are great people for what they are doing for these raptors. If it weren’t for me finding her and for Bob and Lynn and there staff being diligent in there work to save these injured raptors, Gaith would have died. Great work

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization totally changed the trajectory of my life and continues to serve as a lighthouse. It has a profound effect on all of its students and partners and is helping pave the way for a more humane future.

1 Amanda B.9

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I created a BA in Humane Education at the University of TN after attending a workshop presented by The Institute for Humane Education at the Animal Rights Conference in 1994...The IHE has had a huge impact on my life! I went on to teach Montessori for ten years while heavily referencing the principles set forth by the IHE. I believe that the shift in our cultural paradigm that is prescribed by the IHE is not just a progressive program but an imperative for our future generations, the environment and our tenuous relationship with non-human animals.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I believe IHE to be one of the core organizations enacting change towards a better future, and most importantly, a future better for all life! I'm proud to be a donor.

2 Stacy H.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am thrilled and very proud to serve as Chair of the Board of Directors for this life-changing Institute. I began my journey with IHE as a student in an online course, went on to complete the Graduate Certificate in Humane Education, and was honored beyond measure when asked to consider service on the Board. As a post-secondary educator, I have seen first-hand the transformative effect of Solutionary principles and pedagogies in my own classrooms, and of Zoe Weil's visionary work on colleagues encountering this high-impact approach to teaching in a range of professional development contexts. I can testify personally to the passion and dedication of the entire staff and Board of Directors, the Alumni Association, and the teachers and other stakeholders who have devoted their time, talents and resources to realizing IHE's mission.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization. I joined IHE primarily due to their Solutionary Program. It is a program that teaches students to think about all possible impacts of their decisions. I wish every school incorporates this program.

1 Zoe Weil

Board Member

Rating: 5

I admit I am biased because I co-founded this organization, but I did so because I believed it was essential for an organization to address the underlying cause of so many problems in the world: lack of essential education that prepares young people to be excellent researchers, able to identify systemic causes of interconnected local and global challenges, think critically and creatively, and solve problems through collaboration. The Institute for Humane Education (IHE) provides access for educators and advocates for positive change from an award-winning free resource center, graduate programs for the deepest levels of preparation, workshops, and a Solutionary Program for middle and high school students who learn to solve challenges within their school curricula. I believe education is the root system underlying all other systems, and IHE is working to transform this system for the benefit of students and the world they will both inherit and shape.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5



Thank you for this excellent interview with educational innovator, Zoe Weil. At a time when the social service structure here in Maine, and indeed across the United States, is being dismantled by well-meaning but poorly-informed individuals and equally ill-equipped legislators, the message of humane education has never been more sorely needed. It reaches far beyond the realm of education and deep into the field of social service, sowing the seeds of an expanded level of consciousness that incorporates justice, respect and compassion for all life -- people, animals and the environment – and giving hope to many who feel discouraged and disempowered by current trends and problems.
As clinical coordinator for a large social service agency, my primary role is to supervise, train and educate those teammates who perform in a direct care capacity. In this role, I have found IHE’s vision, philosophy, resources and clarity of purpose to be an invaluable asset when it comes to challenging all of us to remain committed to life-long learning, to break from the perception of discipline-specific and professional isolation, and to remind all concerned that we come into our respective fields with a unique set of skills with which to protect the environment, advocate for human and animal rights and defend the inherent value of all cultures.
From Zoe Weil’s TEDx talk (The World Becomes What You Teach) to the numerous free resources available on the IHE website, the Institute for Humane Education has helped keep the fires of passion, curiosity and reflection burning in me and dozens of other social workers, direct care staff, administrators and clinicians who spend their days “at the tip of the service spear” affecting the lives of hundreds of people with serious mental illness, intellectual disabilities and emotional trauma.
Thank you IHE from your brothers and sisters in the social service world who are also working every day for a just, compassionate and healthy world.
George Russell, LCSW, CSWM

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Institute for Humane Education, and the people who work with this organization, impact the world we live in in a substantially positive way by helping to educate others about the choices we make everyday by reaching teachers especially. In helping teachers educate their students about how to make well-informed decisions about food, transportation, work, purchasing choices of consumer goods, IHE helps to transform our world into a more peaceful, just, equitable, and healthy one. I discoverd IHE through my own work in education- that introduction has inspired me to make changes to my life and work that hopefully will ripple into positive change in my life and community. I am deeply grateful for the hard work and dedication of all involved with IHE. They continue to reach out and collaborate with other organizations and individuals- an attitude that demonstrates their dedication to their mission. I have also had the opportunity to witness how IHE manages the people and inner workings of the organization. They walk their talk for sure. Very compassionate, passionate, dedicated people. I deeply appreciate the role model this organization can offer to other organizations.Thank you!

1 Mark39

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a current Board Member and a graduate of its Master's program, I have been involved with the the Institute for Humane Education for almost a decade. This organization changes lives - I know that because it has changed mine. Furthermore, it's founder and president does her work as a volunteer, not a paid employee!!! How many organizations can say that? I support IHE not only with my time but also with my financial contributions because I know my money will go directly to helping children create a better tomorrow.

1 Shawn S.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a member of the Board of Directors for the Institute, and an alumnus of their M.Ed. program in Humane Education. As an incredibly busy individual, I am very discerning with how I spend my volunteer time, and even more discerning when it comes to taking a leadership role. I am honored to do anything I can to advance the Institute's mission. Their programs are high quality, and meet a need that our world needs now more than ever.

1 Caroline

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been part of two seminar/online classes with IHE. I have learned so much about environmental issues, compassion for our planet and the creatures who live on it, respect for and tolerance of other points of view, the importance of critical thinking, and the joy of taking positive action for my beliefs. Zoe Weil, president of the group, has been an inspiration to so many people, living her life with truth and integrity, and she teaches her life lessons with respect and compassion. The IHE programs, whether they are for teachers or those who want only to learn more about themselves and their relationships with the world and each other, are beautifully crafted. They explore choices and offer their students new ways of looking at life's issues and their own experiences. I love, love, love this organization!