Welcome to The Avielle Foundation

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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. 


Words from our co-founder, former CEO, friend, colleague, brain health champion, and Avielle’s dad, the late Dr. Jeremy Richman:

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 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. Research should be available to the everyday citizen in a way that is approachable, easily understood, and can be taken home to serve as a tool to improve our brain health. Therefore, the other side of our two-sided mission is focused on community education and engagement. Under the “Education” tab you will find easy to understand information about brain health, 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) 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. Here you will 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 “Giving” tab you can donate to support violence prevention and compassion building and learn of ways to become a brain health champion.