According to the organization's website:
Peace Learning Center (PLC) is an Indianapolis-based community educational institution promoting healthy learning, workplace and community environments. PLC establishes safe and common ways to address differences and promotes processes to help build community and healthy communication for youth, parents and professionals. Started in 1997 in Eagle Creek Park, PLC has reached more than 120,000 people locally and internationally.Like many non-profits corporations that receive our tax money, the Peace Center is heavily laden in administrative costs. On its 2008 tax return, it showed revenue of just more than $1.525,699. Salaries and benefits for the Peace Center amounted to $506,678, including the director, Tim Nation, whose salaries and benefits total in excess of $80,000. The organization has accumulated assets of $592,972. Travel expenses in 2008 are listed at a whopping $65,835, while seminar costs are listed at $7,733.
Our youth programs have been recognized by the Indianapolis Crime Prevention Task Force report as "a local 'best practice' that has demonstrated the effectiveness of teaching young adults and at-risk youth creative ways of resolving conflicts, personal responsibility, and character building." The task force recommends an expansion of PLC middle and high school programs, as well as more work in juvenile justice. After an extensive three-year research project, Indiana University’s Center for Urban and Multicultural Education has found that Peace Learning Center’s curriculum and programs are “researched-based best practices that are proven effective” (Crayton and Helfenbein, 2008).
Republican Councilor Ben Hunter is listed as a board member of the Peace Center. In a letter to the editor, Nation brags about the support of Mayor Greg Ballard and Parks Director Stuart Lowry.
One has to wonder the wisdom of giving private non-profit corporations like the Peace Center grants so that they can pay themselves nice salaries while doing more expensively a mission that the Parks Department could be doing itself for much less.