The Spruce Foundation is proud to announce that its 2017 Peacebuilding Grant will be awarded to Peace Day Philly, a volunteer initiative designed to empower people to build a more peaceful and just world. The $5,000 grant supports Peace Day Philly’s partnership with PeacePraxis to offer a workshop on building upstander skills to Philadelphia youth ages 12-17, and to educators and counselors working with this population of youth.
The Peace Day Philly project is relatively new—started in 2011, and incorporated as a nonprofit in 2013—but has made an indelible impact on the City of Philadelphia. Each September, the organization coordinates workshops, events, and talks across the city in honor of the International Day of Peace, focusing citywide efforts on peaceable practice. So far, Peace Day Philly has collaborated or partnered with more than 150 Philadelphia-area organizations to offer programs featuring themes of social justice, bystander intervention, and compassionate interfaith and intercultural exchange.
The board members of the Spruce Foundation are especially pleased to grant Spruce’s very first Peacebuilding Grant to Peace Day Philly, which has worked for the express purpose of Philadelphia-area peacebuilding since its inception.
Peace Day Philly will collect its grant—alongside Spruce’s other 2017 awardees, in the focus areas of Arts, Education, Health and Wellness, and LGBTQ—at the annual Spruce Gala, which is to take place on Friday, April 21, at the Center for Architecture and Design at 1218 Arch Street. Tickets are $85 and are available here.