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Welcome to The Avielle Foundation

Thank you for visiting The Avielle Foundation (TAF). We are passionate about preventing violence and building compassion through brain research, community engagement, and education. TAF is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization (EIN 46-1864791) established in honor of six-year old Avielle Rose Richman who was murdered on December 14th, 2012 in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, CT. Please explore our website and learn more about how you can help to prevent violence and build compassion in your home and community. Below are some descriptions of our website pages and tips on how to most effectively navigate them.

Under this “About Us” menu you will find details about our Mission and Vision. You can also learn more about our namesake, Avielle, meet our Founders and Directors, our luminary Science Advisory Board, our TAF Team, and our amazing Interns. This is also where you can explore our corporate and financial information.

The Avielle Foundation’s mission is two-sided. On the one side we have research. We are funding neuroscience research aimed at understanding the brain’s chemistry, structure, and circuits that lead to violence and compassion. Under the “Research” tab you can learn more about TAF funded studies and scientists, as well as explore a number of available funding opportunities – everything from traditional research grants, to scholarships, travel awards, internships, and public health efforts and engagement opportunities.

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We also realize that research in a vacuum is of little value if it is not given to the everyday citizen in a way that is approachable, easily understood, and can be taken home to serve as a tool to better our brain health. Therefore, the other side of our two-sided mission is focused on community education and engagementUnder the “Education” tab you will find easy to understand information about brain health, training opportunities, neuroscience basics, and interesting literature, videos, and resources.

We believe that knowledge is not just power, it is empowering!

To tie together both sides of our mission (research and education) we feel it is critical to engage communities and individual community members. Under the “Community” tab you will learn about what we are doing to get people invested in their own brain health and that of their families and communities. You will find a calendar of events that TAF is sponsoring – fundraisers, talks, courses, etc. You will also find a list of our focused projects and partnerships.

Every Cent is Change.

The Avielle Foundation is a grassroots organization. More than half of all our funding has come from everyday folks like yourself. We need your help, and under the “Be the Change” tab you can not only donate to support violence prevention and compassion building, but you can also learn of ways to become a brain health champion.

The “Imagine…” tab is where you can read our Brainstorming Blog, explore our Out and About interactive map, read our Firefly newsletter, watch TAF videos, talks, and animated Public Service Announcements, read and watch the latest TAF related press articles and interviews, and learn more about our official peer-reviewed science journal Violence and Gender

Of course, you can always reach out to us by clicking HERE.


Co-Founder and CEO