The Ploughshares Fund is a public grantmaking foundation that supports initiatives to prevent the spread and use of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons and other weapons of war, and to prevent conflicts that could lead to the use of weapons of mass destruction. Since our founding in 1981, we have made grants totaling more than $40 million to become the largest grantmaking foundation in the U.S. focusing exclusively on peace and security issues. As a so-called “venture funder” we specialize in giving start-up funding to promising new endeavors, and then helping to leverage more substantial support from other sources. So doing, the Fund has proven time and again that modest amounts of money, given to the right people at the right time, can yield profound results.
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