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Interfaith Funders: A network of faith-based and secular grantmakers working to advance the
field of congregation-based community organizing (CBCO), to strengthen democracy and justice
The IOI builds strategic denominational
support for congregation-based organizing.
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GOOD FOR THE SOUL,
GOOD FOR THE WHOLE
Resources for funders faith leaders
congregations and researchers showing how
community organizing can strengthen
State of the Field Project:
national study of institution
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Newly released: Building Bridges, Building Power:
Developments in Institution-Based Community Organizing
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How we effectively counter rising social inequality and the fracturing of communities and families in the United States?
In these challenging times, local and national organizations and funders are increasingly embracing the urgency of building
a long-term institutional base for such efforts. Among the most widespread and sustained efforts to link democratic
engagement to faith-based and secular institutions is the field of institution-based community organizing (sometimes
termed faith-based, congregation-based or broad-based).
Interfaith Funders, in collaboration with Dr. Richard Wood (University of New Mexico) and Brad Fulton (Duke University),
shares the findings of a new national census of all institution-based community organizing efforts in the United States. The
study shows the geographic spread of organizing, its growing influence in state and national political arenas, and the
complex changes occurring in the religious and racial/ethnic diversity of its institutional base, leadership core, and
We offer this report as a tool for understanding how this major social movement is addressing their specific issue areas,
geographic focus, and leadership development interests.
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