2016 Beneficiaries

Learn about the empowering, anti-violence organizations that we’ve named as our beneficiaries.

Center for Peacebuilding

River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding
River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding

The Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding is involved with several government agencies and nonprofits to provide practice-based workshops in training in mediation and violence prevention. Their unique approach tackles a number of pervasive problems (institutional racism, intimate partner abuse, interpersonal violence involving youth, bullying, and more) while emphasizing peace as both the means and the end.
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Our mission is to enrich the lives of individuals, families and communities by providing and promoting the best practices and principles of peacebuilding and global sustainability.

The River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding takes the approach of addressing violence with a continuum of prevention strategies involving the general public, at-risk youth populations, and those healing from the otherwise lasting impact of violence.RPCP is dedicated to working for essential societal transformation by supporting individuals and groups in taking intentional action to create positive change, through programs, services, trainings and collaborative action.


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Break the Cycle

is a national organization that provides several prominent services, including the National Dating Abuse Helplines, and awareness campaigns such as LoveisRespect. Their specific audience is teenagers, whose risk of intimate partner violence may not otherwise be addressed by their schools or communities.

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Break the Cycle’s mission is to inspire and support young people to build healthy relationships and create a culture without abuse.

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Peaceful Paths

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Peaceful Paths is the certified domestic abuse network that serves survivors of domestic violence in Alachua, Bradford, and Union counties. Peaceful Paths provides a wide range of services including emergency shelter, transitional housing, crisis hotline, victim advocacy, children’s programming, education and training, counseling and support groups, community awareness and intervention, violence prevention programs, and batterer’s intervention programming. Peaceful Paths is a member of the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV).

Mission: We promote relationships free of violence and control by providing a safe place to receive intervention, advocacy, and education services using prevention strategies and community partnerships.

2015 Beneficiaries

Southern Poverty Law Center

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The SPLC is the premiere U.S. non-profit organization monitoring the activities of domestic hate groups and other extremists – including the Ku Klux Klan, the neo-Nazi movement, neo-Confederates, racist skinheads, black separatists, antigovernment militias, Christian Identity adherents and others.

We’re currently tracking more than 1,600 extremist groups operating across the country. We publish investigative reports, train law enforcement officers and share key intelligence, and offer expert analysis to the media and public.

Our Teaching Tolerance project combats prejudice among our nation’s youth while promoting equality, inclusiveness and equitable learning environments in the classroom. We produce an array of anti-bias resources that we distribute, free of charge, to educators across the country – award-winning classroom documentaries, lesson plans and curricula, Teaching Tolerance magazine, and more.

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2014 Beneficiaries


Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays Gainesville

is a local chapter of a national organization dedicated to organizing the allies of the LGBTQ community in raising awareness about laws, court cases, and public discourse about issues related to their position. PFLAG Gainesville hosts meetings about homelessness, healthcare, and education as related to LGBTQ issues. Red Soul Days is proud to name them as a beneficiary, and hopes to raise plenty of funds for their important services and dialogue in Gainesville, FL.

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The Gainesville Chapter of PFLAG started in 2011 when a group of nine people, with the support of the Open and Affirming Ministry of the United Church of Gainesville, began to explore forming a chapter. The nine people were Will Dougherty, Ann Gill, Kathy Funke, Larry Ligammare, Sue Littell, Ellen Louis, Luis Pedreira, Ruth Smith, and Nancy Wilkinson. (Most of these are still PFLAG Gainesville members.) All the necessary paperwork was filed with PFLAG National and the Gainesville Chapter was approved in 2012. A local Board meets every month (or more as necessary), and we have a general meeting for the membership each month.
We’ve also hosted a larger meeting aimed at bringing together various local community organizations together to network and build bridges. Our first such meeting, the “Summer Summit,” was held in 2013 and was attended by twelve organizations. The focus was on homelessness in LGBT youth and what could be done to reduce this.
Our “everyday” activities involve helping people in situations with LGBT aspects by providing information and reassurance. Examples include working with Alachua County Schools on bullying prevention, and working with distraught parents over a child who is coming out. We offer our help and support in the form of email, telephone calls and at our Monthly Chapter Meetings.

PFLAG Gainesville always welcomes new members. We encourage anybody interested to attend an upcoming meeting and share their experiences, seek support, and get involved in the LGBT and Ally community here with PFLAG Gainesville.

The Mission of the PFLAG Organization is to promote the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.

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