Friends for a NonViolent World
Nonviolence in action since 1981

Our Mission

FNVW works to promote and create peace and justice in our community by using the principles and practices of nonviolence to transform conflict and to address the root causes of violence.

Our Programs

  • Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) provides experiential conflict resolution workshops for youth and adults in schools, prisons, jails and communities. AVP empowers people to lead nonviolent lives through affirmation, respect for all, building and enhancing of community, cooperation, and trust.  

  • People Camp is a week-long intergenerational experience of cooperation, community living, peacemaking, and the exploration of ideas and issues. This is a summer camp experience for the whole family and for anyone who enjoys warm, supportive community, challenging workshops and lots of recreation in a camp setting. 

  • Everyday Nonviolence is our podcast that highlights people using nonviolence to transform themselves and the world around them. Their stories deepen our understanding of the impact of violence and the many ways nonviolence can be used for healing and social change.
  • Advocacy and Outreach initiatives include hosting community dialogues, actions and workshops on topics such as public safety, active nonviolence, and protecting and expanding our democracy. We also build power for social change through relational organizing and by working in coalition with other groups.

Support FNVW by Making a Donation Today!

This is an historic moment where communities are re-imagining public safety and how we live in relationship with one another. Now is the time to support the principles and practices of nonviolence that FNVW's programs champion. We need your financial support to move FNVW's work forward into 2024. 

Yes! I want to champion nonviolence! Your options include:

  • Mail a financial gift directly "FNVW, PO Box 4564, Saint Paul, MN 55104"
  • Please consider becoming a monthly or a quarterly donor at an amount that is within  your budget. Please call 651-917-0383 and ask to get this set up.
  • Double your impact! Will your employer match your donation? Employer matching gifts are a simple way to maximize your donation to FNVW. Contact your employer's HR department or business office to find out if your employer has a donation-matching program.
  • Donate on-line via PayPay (below)


What does your donation support?

$20 provides an Alternatives to Violence Project workshop for 1 incarcerated person

$50 Funds materials for 1 community conversation about public safety

$100 Enhances a meaningful intern experience

$250 Provides scholarships for 2 people to attend People Camp

$500 Trains 8 incarcerated people to be an Alternatives to Violence Project facilitator


FNVW's 2023 Annual Report is filled with inspiring examples of how FNVW used the principles and practices of nonviolence to transform conflict and to address the root causes of violence in our community.

FNVW recognizes that the creation of a nonviolent world requires us to interrupt systems of marginalization and oppression, including within our own organization. We want to be sure we are doing everything we can to be inclusive and actively anti-racist. Please help FNVW grow our capacity to do this critical work by giving us anonymous feedback here.