War Prevention Initiative Executive Director and Core Team member Liz Thatcher attended the 2014 annual meeting of the Peace and Security Funders Group in Chicago, IL. The conference took place under the theme “Connecting Local to Global.
Useful networking took place alongside valuable presentations, panels and workshops. Some panelists shared success stories behind specific campaigns (e.g. “Kony” or “Pentagon Spending Campaign”). The War Prevention Initiative participated in an exploratory Pentagon Spending Working group meeting. Another panel focused on unlikely allies in peacebuilding found in the evangelical community. Finally, a foundation advocacy workshop showed how much room there is for foundation advocacy, which is distinct from a narrowly defined understanding of lobbying.
We look forward to collaboration with individuals and foundations we met at the conference. We appreciate the work done by the Peace and Security Funders Group organizers.