MUSCATINE, Iowa–The Stanley Center for Peace and Security recently committed $15,000 to the Racial Justice Fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine. The gift includes contributions by employees of the Stanley Center that the center doubled through matching. The newly established Racial Justice Charitable Fund supports the advancement of racial justice, equality, and inclusion in Muscatine and Louisa Counties.
Maxwell “Max” and Elizabeth M. “Betty” Stanley founded the Stanley Center in the 1950s.. Max Stanley worked as a professional engineer and businessman, and Betty Stanley dedicated herself to philanthropy and supporting the arts, education, and the environment. They both had a deep interest in world peace and security. Their strove to, “catalyze just and sustainable solutions to critical issues of peace and security by driving policy progress, advancing effective global governance, and advocating for collective action” as stated on their website.
The Stanley Center not only supports racial justice locally through this generous gift but also through participation on the granting review committee. Krista Regennitter, Program Officer for Global Education, of the Stanley Center will donate her time to serve on the committee, along with members from UnityPoint – Trinity Muscatine Public Health, Muscatine Community College, Muscatine Center for Social Action, LULAC, Midwest One Bank, Diversity Center of Muscatine, Calvary Church, and First Church United Presbyterian West Liberty.
Granting funds will go to qualified charitable organizations whose work reduces barriers towards racial justice, centered on those most marginalized in our service area. Priority will go to grants that promote collaboration across a networked alliance, grants that connect multiple issues or communities, or applicant organization or networks led by people of color.
“The Stanley Center recognizes the collective responsibility of all people to one another, to our planet, and to building a just and sustainable future,” according to Krista. “The work we do, and the work furthered by the Racial Justice Fund must continue until diversity, equity, and inclusion are deeply understood and valued by each of us.”
In addition, in an effort to create greater awareness and understanding around diversity, equity, and inclusion, the Stanley Center has partnered with Muscatine Community College and the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine on development of an Author’s Presentation Series focused on racial equity with additional details forthcoming.
To learn more, join the Stanley Center for Peace and Security by donating, or to apply for funding for a racial justice project, please visit www.muscatinecommunityfoundation.org/racial-justice-fundestablished/ or call 563-264-3863.To learn more about the Stanley Center for Peace and Security and their work, please visit