June 27, 2002 - Op-ed: Background on the Debate over the Peace Corps Fund

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Background on the Debate over the Peace Corps Fund

Read our background story on the Peace Corps Fund and the arguments for and against it at:

Background and History of the Peace Corps Fund*

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Background and History of the Peace Corps Fund

The new Peace Corps legislation proposed by Senator Dodd includes $10 million in annual funding through the Corporation for National and Community Service "for the purpose of serving as incubators for returned Peace Corps volunteers seeking to use their knowledge and expertise to undertake community-based projects to carry out the goals of the Peace Corps Act."

On June 1, Barbara Ferris (on left in the photo above) founder of the International Woman's Democracy Center and and John Coyne (center of the photo above) , who founded Peace Corps Writers in 1989, announced the formation of the Peace Corps Fund "to secure grants to support a variety of community service programs."

Dane Smith, President of the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) (on right in the photo above) announced on June 25 at the Senate Hearings on the new Peace Corps legislation that the NPCA will also be forming it's own separate non-profit corporation to compete for funding and that they expect to draw on the talents of the "new mandate" group led by Roger Landrum, Dave Hibbard and others to create an organization that will "give emphasis to projects for educating Americans about the developing countries; for AIDS education; for community, national and international service, including youth service programs; and for conflict resolution."

Chic Dambach, President and CEO of the National Peace Corps Association from 1992 through 1998, argues in an op-ed piece published today on PCOL that Ferris and Coyne's Peace Corps Fund could "be confused with funds for the Peace Corps agency", that the founders violated "ethical standards by using an event sponsored, organized, and financed by the NPCA to promote and raise funds for their organization" and that the founders of the Peace Corps Fund seem "determined to fracture the RPCV community."

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