The Stanley Foundation
Seeking a secure peace with freedom and justice, built on global citizenship and effective global governance.
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The Stanley Foundation advances multilateral action to create fair, just, and lasting solutions to critical issues of peace and security. The foundation's work is built on a belief that greater international cooperation will improve global governance and enhance global citizenship. The organization values its Midwestern roots and family heritage as well as its role as a nonpartisan, private operating foundation.

The Stanley Foundation does not make grants.

Vision
The Stanley Foundation seeks a secure peace with freedom and justice, built on global citizenship and effective global governance.

Mission
The Stanley Foundation advances multilateral action to create fair, just, and lasting solutions to critical issues of peace and security.

Core Values
Core Values are statements that convey important philosophies of the foundation and are used in concert with the Vision and Mission statements to guide the foundation in decision making.

About Our Vision

  • All people have inherent dignity, value, and ability to contribute to building a sustainable future.
  • All people deserve a world at peace where the causes of conflict are addressed and disputes are resolved without recourse to violence.
  • We value and encourage a constructive US multilateral role.
  • We recognize the essential roles of both the policy community and civil society in building sustainable peace.

About the Foundation

  • We consider our staff and governance members our greatest assets and maintain a constructive and collaborative work environment.
  • We value our heritage and future as a family foundation and nurture sustained family involvement.
  • We value our ongoing role as a private operating foundation.
  • We value our Midwest location and the perspective it brings to our work.
  • We value our relationships with a wide range of allies to promote cooperative approaches and multilateral solutions.
  • We model global citizenship in our local community.

About Our Work

  • Advocacy is a core part of our programming—building support for specific outcomes that we expect to advance our vision and mission.
  • We are pragmatic, flexible, and opportunity driven.
  • We risk failure in order to be effective.
  • We maintain a long-term, independent perspective.

We are nonpartisan, and our forums are respectful of all voices.

Our Work
The foundation's current work includes specific actions toward policy change in the issue areas of nuclear security, human protection, and climate change. We also support educational efforts in our community through our Community Partnerships programming. Previous initiatives of the foundation can be seen here.

HIGHLIGHTS
Courier Courier
The latest issue of Courier  features articles on the state of securing nuclear material as the final nuclear security summit approaches in early April. It also includes a special reprint of an article from the Center for Public Intregrity, "The Stalking Threat of Nuclear Terrorism." Alex Bellamy, an expert on R2P, discusses the progress made in "Acting on the Responsibility to Protect," and three students from a global scholars conference comment about climate change. Lastly, a brief look at the foundation's Iowa Student Global Leadership conference. The full Spring 2016 issue. PDF (2.0 MB) Subscribe for FREE.

Employment Opportunities
Event Specialist: The Stanley Foundation is looking for a dedicated, dynamic individual who has a passion for working in the field of event planning and prefers a small-business atmosphere with opportunities for international travel.

Policy Program Associate, Nuclear Security: The Stanley Foundation seeks a program associate to join its Policy Programming Department. 


PARIS & BEYOND: COP21 PARIS & BEYOND: COP21
Launching Global Climate Actions
The world recently looked to Paris for the most important global climate change negotiations for achieving a safer climate world: the 21st meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). As a helpful reference we have compiled this summary of the major work of the Stanley Foundation and its collaborators in an active global role during the past year preparing for this historic event…and the important continuing work ahead. More.

the latest the latest
Our bimonthly newsletter is filled with resources to keep you up to date with our work at the Stanley Foundation. Each edition includes news about recent publications and stories as well as features our people and partners.

You will also find many extras, from upcoming events to multimedia resources. Sign up for the latest to stay engaged on key global issues.


Stanley Foundation Annual Conferences Stanley Foundation Annual Conferences
The Stanley Foundation holds two annual conferences, UN Issues and the Strategy for Peace Conference. These bring together experts from the public and private sectors to meet in a distraction-free setting and candidly exchange ideas on pressing foreign policy challenges.

Divided into roundtable talks, the cutting-edge discussions are intended to inspire group consensus and shared recommendations to push forward the debate on the foundation’s key policy areas.


Receive Materials Receive Materials
The Stanley Foundation publishes policy briefs, analytical articles, and reports on a number of international issues. To reduce our carbon footprint and cut waste, we almost exclusively, use electronic distribution for our publications. Sign up to receive our resources via e-mail.

Nuclear Security Video Nuclear Security Video
The Stanley Foundation produced a 13-minute video looking at what needs to be done to stop terrorist groups from acquiring enough fissile material to make a bomb. The foundation talked with over a dozen diverse and distinguished experts from the Nuclear Security Governance Experts Group and the Fissile Materials Working Group to see how today's patchwork of voluntary arrangements can be forged into a long-lasting system. Watch the video.

Watch and Learn Watch and Learn
Stanley Foundation events, talks, video reports, and segments from our Now Showing event-in-a-box series can now be viewed on YouTube. To receive regular updates on our video posts, please subscribe today.