The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy has documented the “Freedom Funders” who supported the civil rights movement and its advocacy over the long term. For decades, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Ploughshares Fund and others have funded strategies toward principled, global nuclear security. In the U.K., the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust continues to fund peacebuilding in Northern Ireland, when many considered that case closed with the signing of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. Smaller foundations have supported outsized good by targeted investments, such as Catalyst for Peace’s long-term work to help transform Sierra Leone.
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