Philanthropic Foundation investments have the potential to be a major cultural and financial power in condemning the merchants of death that fuel and supply the war machine, instead of making a killing on killing.
The Divest from the War Machine Campaign aims to encourage Philanthropic Foundations to examine their assets under management and to divest from the weapons and arms industry.
Philanthropic Foundations have an opportunity to take leadership in confronting and diluting the power of the arms industry. Weapons manufacturers are companies that perpetuate large scale, systematic harm both to people and planet and start a cascade of violence without end.
Weapons companies profit from war and the exploitation of civilians and our natural resources. Basically making a killing on killing.
By committing to exclude weapons companies from their stock portfolios, Foundations have an opportunity to highlight the overwhelming spread of militarism, both globally and domestically, and distance themselves from it.
The philanthropic world is an integral part of elevating the message that the U.S. should change its priorities to wellness for all, and focus on life-affirming investments that build a sustainable and peaceful world.
The U.S. war machine is impoverishing people and depriving social resources to those in desperate need. Weapons don't house us, don't clothe us, don't help us get to work and don't cure our diseases. This campaign is a tool to demand a transformation of American priorities away from building more and stronger bombs, and toward educating, feeding, housing, and healing our people and making the U.S. a more peaceful presence in the world.
Philanthropy and Foundation investments have the potential to be a major cultural and financial power in condemning the merchants of death that fuel and supply the war machine.
A Moral Imperative:
Divesting from weapons companies is a step to ending the funding of weapons and war, if we act where we have power, we can build the movement to force Congress to cut the Pentagon and divert those funds to essential needs. This is for the wellbeing of the people and the planet.
Assets Under Management
Research: Find Foundations that affect your community. Who gives to the essential needs of your city? If they care and are still invested in weapons, they would be the most open to moving!
Communicate: When you have found foundations that you want to divest, send this letter and the resources above (The Compelling Case & Moral Imperative). Ask them to divest. Create a local campaign to expose their investment and move them to a commitment.