The Avielle Foundation was created in honor of Avielle Rose Richman, one of the 26 1st graders and educators murdered on December 14, 2012. The Mission of the Foundation is to prevent violence and build compassion through brain health research, community engagement, and education. In the five years since our creation, with the help of thousands of donors, we have funded basic neuroscience, clinical, and public health research to understand what’s happening in the brain that leads to violence – what are the risk factors. And what are the protective factors that lead away from violence and toward compassionate, humane behavior. This is an unmet need, virtually NOBODY supports this kind of research. We need to understand violence as the disease it is to prevent, intervene, and cure it. This past year we moved into the international peace building space, co-directing the Peace Rewire project with the Alliance for Peacebuilding and in November of last year traveling with the US Institute of Peace to Dharmasala, India to train and empower many of the world’s next generation peacebuilders under the guidance of the Dalai Lama.