From the CJP Development Director: A Year of Celebration and Opportunity

I feel privileged to work at CJP on this milestone year celebrating our 25th anniversary! I look forward to many meaningful interactions with our alumni and supporters, but especially at our weekend celebration June 5-7, 2020. You are invited to join us and I hope to see you there. While you’re here, come early to take a class or stay to take STAR. Taking a CJP class is truly one of the best ways to more fully understand the transformative impact of our distinctive model of teaching.

CJP started in 1994 as a small seed, one that has been watered and tended by our community of supporters. From our founding donors James and Marian Payne who committed to covering CJP’s expenses that first year to the individuals and church congregations who organized events to connect CJP students with their communities to our more than 90 Partners in Peacebuilding today – our giving circle has grown from 1 to over 800, with more than $800,000 in total giving to CJP last year!

But why stop there? One of our goals for CJP’s 25th anniversary is to continue to expand our community of supporters. To that end, all new gifts to CJP’s annual fund during our 25th anniversary year (ending June 30, 2020) will be MATCHED up to $25,000 by a generous donor couple.

The couple wishes to remain anonymous, but wanted to share their motivation for this gift: “During the past 15 years, we have been privileged to host many CJP students from other countries. Their work to resolve conflicts around the world has been an inspiration to us. Their courage and perseverance in the midst of so many difficulties is evidence of their commitment to nonviolence. It is with pleasure that we were asked and are able to make a donation for the 25th anniversary as a matching gift.”

The match challenge includes gifts from new donors and gifts from donors who have not given in a year or more.

I hope you will join us in recognizing the incredible growth and impact of CJP over the past 25 years. If you haven’t yet become a supporter, now is the time to make your first gift and double your impact. And if you are a consistent, renewing donor – first of all, thank you! And second, help us spread the word to new folks and expand our community of support!

With gratitude,

Associate Director of Development for CJP


  • Join 25th anniversary partners
    • Give $5,000 or more during our anniversary year to join a special giving circle, the 25th Anniversary Partners.
  • Endow a legacy scholarship
    • Invest in our peacebuilders by funding an endowed scholarship, which helps to make graduate peacebuilding education affordable for all students.
  • Fund a special project
    • Where do your peacebuilding passion and our mission meet? Let’s talk about how you can fund a project most meaningful to you.
  • Include CJP in your estate plans
    • Add CJP as a beneficiary on your IRA or donor-advised fund, or include us in your will. We’re happy to talk through details and options with you!

Contact Lindsay or EMU’s Development office to discuss any of these giving options. Thank you for your past and future partnership with CJP!

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