Peace Action




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Tax-Exempt Status:


Budget (2016):

Revenue: $663,195
Expenses: $744,182
Assets: $399,607

Peace Action is a left-of-center advocacy organization that advocates left-of-center foreign, economic, and environmental policies. 1 Peace Action advocates ending wars, reducing U.S. military spending, and promoting “diplomacy” with countries such as Iran, Russia, China, Rand North Korea. 2


Peace Action is a left-of-center 501(c)(4) advocacy organization that “for over 60 years” has advocated for ending wars and foreign intervention, promoting “diplomacy” with countries such as Iran, Russia, China and North Korea, and reducing U.S. military spending. 3

On North Korea, the organization claims that promoting “diplomacy” with North Korea is “the only realistic option.” 4 Accessed February 23, 2023.[/note] On Iran, the organization praised the Obama administration’s nuclear agreement with the regime and encouraged “giv[ing] diplomacy [with Iran] a chance.” The organization made thousands of calls, emails and letters to Congress to support the Iran agreement signed on July 14, 2015. Peace Action called President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of the U.S. from the agreement “reckless” and claimed it could “put the U.S. back on the path to war.” 5

Associated Organizations

Peace Action has a charitable arm, Peace Action Education Fund, that supports its educational work. Peace Action Education Fund is also based in Silver Spring, Maryland and in 2016 declared revenue of $746,534, expenses of $529,016 and assets of $780,232. 6

Coalition Affiliations

Peace Action is a member of the Declaration for American Democracy, a coalition of left-leaning activist groups that advocates for a series of governmental and electoral administration policy changes. The coalition supports proposed federal legislation that would enact several left-leaning policy priorities surrounding elections such as automatic voter registration and restrictive regulations on political campaign-related speech acts. The organization is a project of Public Citizen Foundation, a left of center advocacy group founded by Ralph Nader. 7

Declaration for American Democracy advocates for bills in Congress and publicly promotes the need for left-leaning campaign and electoral administration policies. In May 2020, the organization sent an open letter to all 2020 presidential candidates urging them to adopt the coalition’s positions as part of their campaign platform and as policy priorities if elected. The coalition also launched a presidential candidate tracker to assess where each candidate stood on over 90 various policy issues. 8 Left-wing Democratic primary candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was listed as in support of the most of the policy positions on the Declaration for American Democracy’s platform. 9


The executive director of both Peace Action and Peace Action Education Fund is Jon Rainwater. He has been involved in various left-leaning organizations including Greenpeace and the California League of Conservation Voters, as well as advocating for legislation advocating for greater government regulation of emissions. He has also worked on “dozens” of campaigns for left-wing candidates and ballot measures. 10


  1. Peace Action. “We Are Today’s Peace Movement.” Accessed February 23, 2023.
  2.  Peace Action. “Who We Are.” Accessed February 23, 2023.
  3. Peace Action. “Who We Are.” Accessed February 23, 2023.
  4. Peace Action. “Promote Diplomacy with North Korea.”
  5. Peace Action. “Promote Diplomacy with Iran.” February 23, 2023.
  6.  Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). 2016. Peace Action Education Fund. Part I.
  7. “About.” Declaration for American Democracy. Accessed February 23, 2023.
  8. “The Positions.” Democracy Platform 2020. Accessed February 23, 2023.
  9. “The Positions.” Democracy Platform 2020. Accessed February 23, 2023.
  10. Peace Action. “Jon Rainwater.” February 23, 2023.
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: April 1, 1986

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2016 Dec Form 990 $663,195 $744,182 $399,607 $191,179 N $682,305 $0 $3,731 $96,547
    2015 Dec Form 990 $313,978 $263,980 $68,763 $45,657 N $313,978 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $211,285 $213,725 $29,373 $56,645 N $211,285 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2013 Dec Form 990 $290,702 $250,592 $42,520 $67,352 N $290,702 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2012 Dec Form 990 $255,070 $259,924 $28,466 $93,408 N $246,669 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990 $273,926 $295,711 $33,037 $93,125 N $271,926 $0 $0 $0 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    Peace Action

    8630 FENTON ST STE 524
    SILVER SPRING, MD 20910-3800