Will you support the Gandhi Institute?

Dear Friend,

Physical and systemic violence critically endanger the livelihoods of communities across Rochester and the world. At the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, we translate nonviolence and restorative justice into programs that directly impact thousands of Rochester youth and adults by teaching and modeling skills necessary to transform conflict. We’re writing to ask you to invest in our community and support this work.
In the 2016 fiscal year, the Gandhi Institute worked with 985 Rochester City School District students, facilitated 1,957 restorative conversations to address student conflict, and served 3,412 community members through nonviolence workshops and other events. Your monthly contribution or one-time gift will support the following programs:

  • RCSD School Climate Transformation: The Institute partners with five Rochester city schools to create positive school climates for students, teachers, administrators, and parents. We serve on the front lines in conflict transformation processes to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline.
  • Workshops: At the Gandhi House and offsite, we offer workshops on nonviolence, transformative leadership, and conflict resolution to groups of all kinds on a donation basis.
  • The Gandhi Service Fellowship Program: This year-long program gives college students training, mentorship, and budgetary support to design and implement their own projects.
  • Summer Youth Facilitation Institute (SYFI): SYFI prepares high school students to be peacemakers through a paid summer apprenticeship.

These accomplishments have transformed the lives of people like 16-year-old Shanell, who through her summer job at the Gandhi Institute found a passion for teaching children nonviolence:

“From the first day to the very last, I feel like I had an amazing bond with every child I worked with. I’m very grateful that I got a chance to be a part of that program and I hope every kid I spoke to at Freedom School left there with a new sense of nonviolence and how to better themselves and their communities.”

Our ability to help people like Shanell is only possible because we receive financial support from so many wonderful people just like you.

Below is a link to the 2015–2016 Annual Report and to the 2016 Gratitude Report. Please take a moment to review them and learn more about the measurable results of our work.

Will you join us and make a gift today? Your gift will directly enable the Gandhi Institute to answer the needs of our community when it needs us most.

In peace and hope,

Kit Miller, Director

Michael Hagelberg, Board President

2016 Gratitude Report

2015-2016 Annual Report

Click here to make your monthly or one-time donation. 

Words About Our Work

When I visited the Institute, I saw so many people from different communities in Rochester coming together, learning and exchanging meaning with others and then going back out to share ideas and skills–it’s so exciting. The physical transformation of the house and the beauty of the garden was inspiring. You have opened up a space of possibility that I feel really happy to support. So I’m upping my monthly support. This is precious work.

-Marc Scruggs, monthly donor, San Francisco, CA

It is very important that inner city children have the opportunity to be a POSITIVE part of their community on a grassroots level. The individuals at the Institute understand this and they customized experiences that helped children of all ages understand how to be valuable assets to their community. I am very grateful to have the Gandhi Institute and will continue to support them as they support the Rochester City School District.

-Djinga King-St. Louis, Director of African & African American Studies, Executive Director CDF Freedom School-Rochester City School District

THANK YOU so very much for coming to Mercy today to be part of our 9th grade non-violence workshop.  Your message about empathy was both important and practical for our students; we are grateful for your time and energy. Thank you again.

-Christine Kvam

It was an extremely moving experience for all. My kids absolutely loved it. We were all touched for the rest of the day and I really look forward to keeping peaceful myself as a teacher and teaching my students strategies to remain peaceful throughout the day! Thanks again!

-Kristin Spade, 4th grade teacher, Discovery Charter School

2016-2017 Gandhi Institute at a Glance

(July 1-June 30)

  • Total Budget: $352,500
  • Full time staff & Interns: 9
  • Part time/stipend staff: 3
  • Volunteer staff: 1
  • Gandhi Service Fellows: stay tuned!
  • Volunteers: 100

Number of people turned away for lack of funds: 0

Donor Privacy Policy

  • The Gandhi Institute will not sell, trade or share your personal information with anyone else, nor send mailings on behalf of other organizations.
  • Financial contributions are tax deductible.

The M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence is a non-profit corporation.
Fed Tax ID 58-1902609