Peace Development Fund:

The Ignacio Martín-Baró Fund for Mental Health and Human Rights is a project of the Peace Development Fund.

The Origin of PDF

The Peace Development Fund was founded in 1981 when activists and donors from across the country came together to fund the grassroots peace movement in the wake of nuclear build-up. PDF was founded on the belief that lasting change will come only when a large number of people are well informed and empowered to make change. The founders worked toward their vision of change by supporting grassroots groups around the country that focused on issues of antimilitarism, nuclear proliferation, and Cold War politics. They began to think of peace not merely as the absence of war or militarism, but as the presence of equitable relationships among people, nations and the environment. This understanding of peace allowed PDF to take a human rights, environmental and economic justice perspective in our work, a perspective PDF maintains today.

The Partners of PDF

PDF partners with donors from around the country who understand that philanthropy is an essential part of the social change movement. PDF's entire budget is supported each year by progressive donors. With their help, PDF has given more than $26.7 million to 1,688 organizations in the U.S., Latin America, Africa, the Caribbean and the Middle East. Since 1981, PDF has trained and supported activists from more than 800 social change organizations in all 50 states.

The Programs of PDF

  • Donor Advised Funds
  • Community Organizing Grants
  • Fiscal Sponsorship
  • Special Initiatives

For more information, visit the Peace Development Fund’s website, or contact the PDF by e-mail.