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JAMS Foundation and NAFCM announces the resourcing of six Community Mediation Programs

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JAMS Foundation and NAFCM announces the resourcing of six Community Mediation Programs

September 24, 2014

Denver, Colorado-- The JAMS Foundation and the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM) announces the resourcing of six community mediation centers.  This support includes $85,000.00 from the JAMS Foundation with the potential to expand to $150,000.00 in future years. The purpose of this resourcing project is to develop and refine community mediation programs that can be replicated by other centers so that they too can design a path for sustainable mediation resources for our veterans and military families. In order to achieve this purpose, the six community centers will work together through a learning community design to:

  • assess the need for veterans and military family mediation services, define and build capacity to meet the discovered needs and implement a selected pilot program, practice or policy enhancement;
  • provide leadership in the development of materials that can be shared and replicated by other centers in the U.S.; and,
  • leverage and focus resources and expertise to maximize impact of selected pilots and enhancements throughout the U.S. and for the benefit of the community mediation field generally.


“We looked very carefully at how the Foundation could best support the community mediation field and felt that this model provided a remarkable opportunity for collaboration and growth,” said David Brandon, JAMS Foundation Managing Director. “With NAFCM as a partner, grantees will have a built-in support network from their peers as well as from leaders in the field.”

NAFCM Interim Executive Director Gabrielle Frey commented, “We are so thrilled to be partnering with JAMS in providing an opportunity for various centers around the country to work specifically to reach out to and meet the needs of veterans and militarily families through the skills of mediation.  This is an opportunity to develop strong sustainable evidence based programing and practices that also fits the specific needs identified within each community.   We are looking forward to the journey.”

The six community centers which will be members of this learning community design are the:

  • Arkansas Community Dispute Resolution Centers, Inc. (Little Rock, Arkansas);
  • Community Mediation Services, Volunteers of America of Northern New England (Brunswick, Maine);
  • The Mandell Gisnet Center for Conflict Management at Monterey College of Law (Monterey, California);
  • Mediation Matters (Albany, New  York);
  • Child and Family Services, Center for Resolution and Justice (Buffalo, New York);
  • Quabbin Mediation (Orange, Massachusetts)


For more information please contact D.G. Mawn, Program Coordinator at 502.777.0603 or at

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