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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Civil Rights, Community Service Clubs, Education, Student Services, Youth Development Programs

Mission: To create young leaders committed to positive change in themselves, their communities and the world through the inspiration of 14 Nobel Peace Prize winners who help prepare youth to tackle the most pressing issues facing humanity through collaboration, compassion, civil discourse, and service. Members of the PeaceJam Foundation include: Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Betty Williams, Rigoberta Menchu Tum, President Oscar Arias, Desmond Tutu, Mairead Maguire, Adolfo Perez Esquivel, Jose Ramos Horta, Jody Williams, Joseph Rotblat, Shirin Ebadi, Leymah Gbowee, Tawakkol Karman, Kailash Satyarthi

Results: - 1.25 Million Youth have been through the PeaceJam Program from 41 countries - 53 Million Acts of Peace and service projects have been completed by people of all ages from 189 countries - 361 Youth Leadership Conference hosted around the globe led by our 14 Nobel Peace Laureates

Target demographics: youth and people of all ages

Direct beneficiaries per year: 20,000 youth and 5,000 teachers as well as engaged the world in 25 million Acts of Peace

Geographic areas served: USA and 41 countries around the world

Programs: "Compassion in Action": PeaceJam's Bullying Prevention which provides a new and engaging approach to ending bullying in our schools and communities through the inspiration of our 14 Nobel Peace Laureates - giving us the concrete tools to create inclusive communities and engage in civil discourse to address the most pressing issues facing humanity.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 2

I worked here briefly in 2018. The founders, directors and managers of the organization did not demonstrate character, personal practices, or passion congruent with PeaceJam's mission. I seriously question their financial integrity and business ethics. The office in Arvada is poorly managed and has a history of employing children of donors who aren't qualified for the position, appointing relatives with no experience or qualifications as salaried directors, not adhering to standard HR practices, and lacks financial transparency. They have not updated, improved or changed their material in a long time. They throw an annual formal gala at great expense that is poorly planned and managed, has a very poor turn out and donations are negligible. The Nobel laureates on their board are on the boards of many nonprofits. They charge a hefty fee for all of the events they attend and do not contribute anything on a regular basis to the organization or the mission. Their goal is to promote peace and awareness of individuals who can make a difference. I never got a good explanation or was able to understand clearly what they actually do other than fundraise and host speaking engagements for the Nobel laureates who get paid handsomely.

1 Marcie Gorman S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

My son first became involved with Peacejam when he was in high school. When he went to college in Michigan he was part of the peacejam club on campus and volunteered with the Great Lakes affiliate. He applied and got an internship with peacejam in Arvada during his sophmere year in college. Now, he works for peacejam. I see first hand how this great organization develops great leaders and how the Nobel laureates inspire this next generation. Thank you peacejam.

4 Parker J.


Rating: 5

I first met Dawn and Ivan in 2003/2004. I was so impressed and taken with their humility and sincerity in serving their kids, that i consider PeaceJam to be in the rarest of leagues. This organization walks their talk. They are the real deal. And they are changing kids lives - and they are inspiring hope and positive change in the communities they serve.


Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been involved in PeaceJam program for the last 10 years. I was in high school when I first took part in the program and I can say I am today a much better human being because of it. Having Nobel Peace Laureates as your mentor and role model has been an amazing experience.Whenever I have attended PeaceJam Conferences and been part of a service project - I get a sense of belonging to a community with everyone wiling to make this world a better place, listening to other youth talk about their daily inspiration and creating service projects to create a better community and a world has been truly satisfying and gratifying gift. I am forever thankful to what PeaceJam has brought in my life - Hope, love,inspiration,action and compassion.