How to Give

There are many ways to give to the cause of peace and social justice through the Peace Development Fund. Use the Donate button to make a secure, on-line gift, or learn about other ways of giving to PDF below.

If giving to a Fiscally Sponsored Project, please click here to find the project’s website.

Mail-in contribution form

Stock and Appreciated Securities Gifts

Using resources to support social change:

Social change is not something that happens overnight. It requires people who are committed and take actions that are in alignment with the change they want to see occur. It means investing time and resources in what you believe.

Donors to the Peace Development Fund give their money and their time to transform a social system that now gives some people unlimited access to tremendous resources and many more people little or no resources to meet their most basic needs.

PDF donors understand the power of an organized, collective voice. They pool their resources at the Peace Development Fund and rely on our expertise to find the most promising voices for change. As one donor put it, “the Peace Development Fund’s work is especially strong because it is the collective expression of hundreds of individuals joining our giving potential to have the strongest possible effect.”

Here’s how you can help:

Annual gift

With your annual, unrestricted gift to PDF you join with other donor activists and progressive foundations to create a significant financial resource to advance community organizing throughout the United States and internationally. PDF’s entire budget is supported each year by our Annual Fund. Each gift is important and helps to build a lassting movement for positive and fundamental social change.

Appreciated securities

By giving stock, bonds or mutual fund shares that have increased in value since you acquired them, you may avoid paying capital gains on the appreciated value and make a larger gift to PDF. If you itemize on your federal tax return, you may claim a charitable income tax deducation up to 30% of you adjusted gross income for such gifts and carry the excess forward over the ensuing five years.

Celebrate others

Recognize someone special who strives for a peaceful and just world. Commemorate a birth, a new union, an anniversary or a holiday with a gift to PDF. Memorialize the memory of someone special who is no longer with you in this life. When you provide us with contact information, we’ll send a greeting to the person or their family to announce your thoughtful gift.

Donor Advised Funds

Use DAF Direct to make a gift to PDF through your donor advised fund at a financial institution like Fidelity, Schwab or BNY Mellon.

Or establish your own Donor Advised Fund at PDF.

Leave a legacy for peace and justice

While more complicated forms of giving may have special tax advantages in certain situations, just a simple bequest written into a will can ensure the future of PDF.

Bequests can take a variety of forms. You can leave PDF a percentage of your estate, a specific sum of money, or you can make PDF the residual beneficiary of your estate after other bequest. Alternatively, you can make PDF a contingent beneficiary in the even other beneficiaries die before you. If y ou would like to add a bequest to PDF to your will but do not want to rewrite the will, you may do so by adding a codicil to your existing will. (Your attorney can advise you on this procedure.) In any of these cases, you may leave the gift to general support, endowment support, or a specific purpose that fits within PDF”s mission, vision, and goals.

Insurance policy

Donors may make PDF a beneficiary of a life insurance policy—one that no longer servers its original purpose, one that names PDF as a contingent beneficiary, or one purchased specifically to benefit PDF.

Planned gift

Charitable lead or remainder trusts and other forms of planned giving support PDF’s growth while providing substantial benefits to the donor.

Employer matching gifts

Many companies offer employees a matching gift benefit that, in effect, could actually double, sometimes even triple your gift to PDF. Companies have various methods by which you can submit your matching gift request: online forms, automated phone systems or a paper form that you submit to PDF. Contact your company’s human resources officer or web site to find out more. To see a list of companies that have a matching gift program, click on the link below.

Companies with Matching Gift Programs

Combined federal campaign

If you work for the federal government, the Peace Development Fund participates in the Combined Federal Campaign through the Peace and Reconciliation Charities. The CFC will kick off in September across the United States and overseas. When you fill out your pledge, select the Peace Development Fund—CFC code 12452—as a recipient of your giving.

PDF also participates or has applied to participate in the following state, city or university campaigns: through the Human and Civil Rights Organizations of America the New York State Employees Federated Appeal (SEFA # 99900347) and the University of Massachusetts Employees Charitable Campaign; through Partners for a Better World the California State Employee Charitable Campaign (CSECC # 2682), the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Employees Charitable Campaign, the City of Boston Employee Charitable Campaign and the Washington State Combined Fund (WACFD # 1479284).

If you have any questions regarding making a gift to PDF please call Kathleen Sharkey 413-256-8306 or e-mail Kathy.

The Peace Development Fund is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, and your contribution is tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Our most recent Form 990 and audited financials are available here.

Privacy Notice: The Peace Development Fund does not sell or share the names of our donors. Donors are listed alphabetically without reference to gift amounts in PDF’s annual report. Donors who wish to be listed as anonymous may request such designation.