Faith-based Community Organizing and Immigration
Building Bridges, Building Power:
How Faith Embraced the Stranger
Communities of faith play a vital role in promoting policies,
programs, and practices that give newcomers the tools and
confidence to participate more fully in their communitiessocially,
economically, and civically. The field of institution-based
community organizing (IBCO)also known as faith-based,
congregation-based, or broad-based organizinghas led
widespread and sustained efforts to actively engage immigrants
and refugees in community problem solving, leadership
development, and democratic practice. Organizations in this field
have played a key role in the broad coalition currently advocating
for comprehensive immigration reform at the national levelin
fact, more than half of all IBCO organizations actively address
immigration issues.

Local and national funders are increasingly recognizing the value
of building long-term with these institutions to guide such efforts.
But questions remain. They want to know, how faith communities
are engaging newcomers and effectively addressing issues that
are important to them? And, how does institution-based
community organizing bridge divides between immigrant and
native communities?

To help answer these questions, Interfaith Funders , in
collaboration with Dr. Richard Wood of the University of New
Mexico and Brad Fulton of Duke University, will share findings from
our recent
State of the Field 2011 census  of all institution-based
community organizing efforts in the United States. The
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 professional staff.
Building Bridges,
Building Power:
How Faith Has
Embraced the
Stranger Webinar

Thurs/, September 26, 2013
1:00-2:00 p.m. ET

Please RSVP via the link
below for this free webinar
briefing by contacting the
Grantmakers Concerned with
Immigrants and Refugees no
later than  Monday,
September 23, 2013.