June 12, 2020
Irvine, Calif. – The JAMS Foundation is proud to continue its support of the Divided Community Project’s (DCP) Bridge Initiative with a $100,000 donation enabling the project to continue its mission to expand mediation and conflict resolution initiatives across the country. The DCP was created to provide communities grappling with increasing civil unrest and tension with experts who can assist local government, law enforcement and community leaders as they work to mediate conflict.
Based at Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law, the DCP’s Bridge Initiative (Bridge Initiative @ Moritz) is multi-pronged program that helps communities address issues leading to polarization and fosters collaborative approaches for transforming community division into positive action. The DCP brings together a broad coalition of dispute resolution professionals, government leaders, law enforcement officials, community organizers and other interested stakeholders across the country.
The Divided Community Project provides public officials and community leaders with much-needed resources and technical support to plan for potential civil unrest and to respond constructively to violent social conflict that does erupt. Especially with all that has transpired recently, we recognize that this program can play an integral role helping communities respond to conflict and address these deep divisions within our country.
- David Brandon, JAMS Foundation Managing Director
The JAMS Foundation’s support of the DCP began in 2016, with a two-year grant to support process development, implementation and dissemination of resources through pilot programs in select cities nationwide. The Foundation has continued its funding of these efforts each year to build upon the success of the DCP’s initiatives expand resources to communities working to address polarization and promote conflict resolution. This latest contribution brings the overall contribution to $1 million over the last five years.
We are so appreciative of the JAMS Foundation for its continued support. It is precisely in times of community unrest that we need to reinforce our efforts to promote unity and provide support to community leaders who are working to listen constructively to expressions of anger and frustration while seeking to bridge deep community divisions. We are proud to assist leaders who are working together to make their communities more resilient, just and equitable.
- Josh Stulberg, Co-Director of the Divided Community Project
About the JAMS Foundation
The nonprofit JAMS Foundation was established in 2002 by JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution services worldwide. The mission of the JAMS Foundation is to provide financial assistance for conflict resolution initiatives with national and international impact and to share its dispute resolution expertise for the benefit of the public interest.
The Foundation is funded entirely by contributions from JAMS neutrals, executives and associates, and by a substantial annual donation from JAMS. To uphold the company’s core value of neutrality, the Foundation accepts no donations outside of JAMS. The Foundation currently is comprised of over 300 principal benefactors and has provided more than $9 million in grant funding since its inception.
About JAMS – Local Solutions. Global Reach.
Founded in 1979, JAMS is the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution services worldwide. JAMS successfully resolves and manages business and legal disputes by providing efficient, cost-effective and impartial ways to overcome barriers at any stage of conflict. JAMS offers customized dispute resolution services locally and globally through a combination of industry-specific experience, first-class client service, top-notch facilities and highly trained panelists.
With a roster of nearly 400 neutrals and 28 locations, JAMS resolves thousands of the world’s important cases every year. JAMS also offers remote dispute resolution through videoconferencing and other platforms. JAMS neutrals are adept at managing the resolution process whether they are conducting in-person or virtual hearings.