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
Employment Opportunities
Director of Communications: The director of communications, a senior professional at the Stanley Foundation, is responsible for all aspects of the foundation’s external communications, from general brand to specific material production.

Program Officer, Media: The Stanley Foundation seeks a program officer to join its Policy Programming Department. The chosen candidate will work with the foundation’s leadership team and staff to plan, implement, and assess the impact of the foundation’s media programming in pursuit of our mission, vision, and organizational goals.


Employment Opportunities
Policy Program Officer, Nuclear Security: The Stanley Foundation seeks a program officer to plan, implement, and assess the impact of the foundation’s nuclear security policy programming.

Policy Program Officer, Human Protection; The Stanley Foundation seeks a program officer to plan, implement, and assess the impact of the foundation’s human protection policy programming.


Courier Courier
The latest issue of Courier features an investigation of a 2007 break-in at a South African nuclear storage facility that still unnerves many officials and experts. It also considers the architecture for climate action that needs to be built ahead of this year's global gathering in Paris. Another article looks at our annual global youth conference that brings students together to discuss global issues. Finally, two teachers share how a travel award offers unique professional development.

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the latest the latest
Our bimonthly newsletter looks at the need to establish a group to negotiate an international convention on nuclear security. The Spring issue of Courier has been published and we feature a new analysis brief that offers two ideas for energizing the international community to build the rule of law around the world.

In the latest, you’ll find many extras—from upcoming events to multimedia resources. Sign up now


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.

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.


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.