Interfaith Funders was a network of faith-based and secular grantmakers committed to social change and economic justice. Interfaith Funders worked to advance the field of faith-based community organizing and to educate and activate members constituencies. It awarded more than $1.8 million in grants to faith-based community organizing groups and networks to promote living wages, school and welfare reform, economic development for impoverished communities, and organizer recruitment in the field. It also funded research, creating the first ever field-wide, national study of faith-based community organizing.
Though the network is no longer in operation, Interfaith Funders transferred several of its articles and reports (below) to the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture to preserve and push forward the insights gained through its work.
- ResourcesResources on Faith-Based Community OrganizingThe following are resources about faith-based community organizing compiled by Interfaith Funders, a network grantmakers that was committed to social change and economic justice. Though the network is no longer in operation, …Topics: Interfaith Funders
- ReportFaith-Based Community Organizing: The State of the FieldA report of the findings of a national survey conducted by Interfaith Funders, Jericho, NY, January 2001 Co-authored by Mark R. Warren and Richard L. Wood Introduction Faith-Based Community Organizing (FBCO) strives …Topics: Interfaith Funders
- ReportFocus Minnesota: One State, Twin Cities, Multiple Perspectives – An Interfaith Funders’ ReportWhile there was national attention on Minnesota during the past electoral season, it wasn’t just the Republican National Convention hubbub or the post-Senate race vote counting that caught our attention. The more …Topics: Interfaith Funders
- ReportRenewing Congregations: The Contribution of Faith-Based Community OrganizingAt St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in McAllen,Texas, Lupita Mendiola and fellow lay leaders have, with support from pastor Fr. Bart Flaat, grown a struggling congregation into a thriving church that …Topics: Interfaith Funders
- ReportGood for the Soul Good for the Whole: Faith-Based Community Organizing and the Renewal of CongregationsHope in turbulent times We live in a time of enormous cultural change. No one knows this better than America’s faith communities. Many congregations today find themselves struggling with decreasing membership and …Topics: Interfaith Funders
- ReportFaith and Public Life: Faith-Based Community Organizing and the Development of CongregationsBy Mary Ann Ford Flaherty and Richard L. Wood The Congregational Development Research Study (CDRS) examines the impact of faith-based community organizing on organizational development in its primary institutional sponsors—religious congregations. That …Topics: Interfaith Funders
- ReportBuilding Bridges, Building Power: Developments in Institution-Based Community OrganizingBy Richard L. Wood (University of New Mexico), Brad Fulton (Duke University) and Kathryn Partridge (Interfaith Funders) Community organizing in America is alive and well and being vigorously practiced in the version …Topics: Interfaith Funders