Betsy Fairbanks, President/CEO

Betsy serves as President/CEO of the Fund for Nonviolence as part of a longstanding commitment to work on behalf of its donor. Formerly associated with the Resource Center for Nonviolence/Eschaton Foundation for 21 years, Betsy Fairbanks established the Fund for Nonviolence in 1997. In 2000 she initiated the Tides Death Penalty Mobilization Fund, an activist/funder collaborative.  As of 2016, the fund has provided over $7.8 million to state-based organizations working on death penalty abolition and reform efforts.  Since 2000 she has been active with Funders for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (FADP), including participating in an extensive, field-wide process to develop a comprehensive strategy to abolish the death penalty. She now collaborates with the 8th Amendment Project, which among other activities has replaced FADP as a vehicle for funder coordination with the field. Betsy spent six years as a board officer with Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation; all other board members had lost a family member to murder and/or execution and oppose the death penalty in all cases.  Her program work with FNV focuses on death penalty abolition and work with victims/survivors of crime.  Betsy and her partner have three children and two young grandchildren.

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