The foundation endeavors to create a just and equitable society across lines of religious difference. We partner with faith-related nonprofits that are community builders, educators, and public conversation conveners who address unjust practices and systems to cultivate strong, resilient, and plural local populations. Listening to our grantees, the we support the adaptation and creation of generative, peaceful solutions. We challenge our grantees to be strategic and responsive to needs on the ground, encouraging goal-focused work that seeks measurable impact. Our grantees respect and learn from all faith traditions and beliefs, and work at the intersection of religious and ideological divides: shared human values. Their goal is to help others grow to their fullest potential in mind, body, and spirit.
Our partners in Action: Interfaith Youth Core
Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) partners with American colleges and universities to elevate the importance of interfaith cooperation, creating a world in which people of different faiths, worldviews, and traditions overcome their traditional avoidance of “the other,” find shared values, and create a peaceful, inspiring future. IFYC works with faculty, staff, administrators, curricula, and students at hundreds of campuses around the United States, providing them with training, tools, knowledge, and networks that allow them to advance the work of making interfaith cooperation a social norm. The foundation has supported the organization in its efforts to grow model interfaith environments, nurture interfaith leaders and networks, and build a base of knowledge that it can share with others. This support has helped to transform campus social life, enhance curricula to include contributions of multi-religious traditions, and increase the competitiveness of universities that are IFYC-model campuses.
What We Are Reading
This article by Eboo Patel, founder of IFYC, makes the case for how liberal education can bridge cultural and religious divides and strengthen our democracy.