The Jane Addams Peace Association (JAPA) was founded in 1948 “to foster a better understanding between the people of the world toward the end that wars may be avoided and a more lasting peace enjoyed.” Jane Addams was the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, which she received in 1931, and JAPA honors her by fostering her spirit in our work.
The mission of JAPA is to carry forth the legacy of Jane Addams’ love for children and humanity, her commitment to freedom and democracy, and her devotion to the cause of world peace. JAPA works to by deepen understanding of peace and justice for children and their adults through reflection, dialogue and social action.
Policies committed to social responsibility guide JAPA, a 501(c)(3) organization, to manage and invest funds in support of peace education projects. Since 1953, we have honored outstanding children’s books promoting peace and justice with the Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards, our signature program.
Board of Directors
Members of the JAPA Board of Directors commit themselves to the mission and activities of the organization as described in the preceding section.
The Board is composed of President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, as well as other members, up to a total of nine. Directors are invited to serve an initial one- to a three-year term and may be selected for a second three-year term.
The JAPA Board meets in person for one meeting in the fall and, when needed, one in the spring. The fall meeting is generally scheduled for the third weekend in October, in conjunction with the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award ceremony (currently held annually on the 3rd Friday in October). JAPA reimburses travel expenses to in-person board meetings in accordance with JAPA travel policy.
The Board also meets at least three times a year virtually, via conference call or through an online meeting platform. Most work conducted by the board is done remotely. Board members are expected to monitor online accounts related to board business regularly and to respond when needed in a timely manner.
Each member serves on at least two standing committees, chairing one. These committees include Finance, Nominating, Fundraising, Personnel and Peace Education Projects. Directors may also be asked to serve on other committees convened as projects and needs arise. Board working committees meet and work throughout the year virtually. This work and the work related to scheduled Board meetings average 8-10 hours per month from October to October.