Interfaith Funders (IF) is a network of faith-based and
secular grantmakers committed to social change and
economic justice.  IF works to advance the field of
institution-based community organizing (IBCO, also known
as Congregation-based, Faith-based, and Broad-based)
and to educate and activate IF members constituencies.  
Membership is open to entities who share our mission and
make a significant commitment to our joint work.  

Interested in Joining?  click here

Interfaith Funders' membership:
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church In America's Division
    for Church in Society
  • One Great Hour of Sharing Fund: Presbyterian
    Church (U.S.A.)
  • Catholic Campaign for Human Development
  • Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter
  • Bend the Arc - A Jewish Partnership for Justice
  • The McKnight Foundation
  • Maine Initiatives
  • New York Foundation
  • The Nathan Cummings Foundation
  • Dominican Sisters of Springfield
  • Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate
  • C.S. Mott Foundation
  • The Needmor Fund
  • The Sister Fund

Each IF member also supports a broad range of community
organizing groups in low- and moderate-income
communities around the country, including faith-based
groups and those using other organizing models.

What do we do?

Collaborative grantmaking  IF awarded over $1.8
million in grants to congregation-based community
organizing groups and networks to promote living wages,
school and welfare reform, economic development for
impoverished communities, and organizer recruitment in
Collaborative research  IF conducted the first ever
field-wide, national study of IBCO, the findings of which are
documented in Faith-Based Community Organizing: The
State of the Field (2001), updated in 2011 with an all-new
census of the Field.. Through its study on congregational
development IF seeks to increase support for and
engagement in IBCO among congregations and faith
Strategic convening  IF brings together organizers,
leaders in faith traditions, funders, and scholars to discuss
the current state and future of the field, and other topics of
mutual interest such as the role of IBCO in strengthening
congregations; and
Education and outreach sessions  IF provides
workshops on IBCO at funder conferences and briefings,
and gatherings of faith communities, as well as individual
meetings.  IF also offers members valuable networking and
internal education.
About Us
Kathy Partridge, Executive Director    
Dr. Richard Wood, Research Director
Brad Fulton, State of the FIeld
Project Researcher
Interfaith Funders
In the News

March 2013:  Report on organizing in
Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation,
newsletter of the Missionary Oblates.  

Feb. 2013:  "Institution-Based Organizing
Builds Bridges to Future"  
Mott News

April, 2010:  IF Founding Director Jeannie
Appleman honored as 2010 Woman of
Valor by the Jewish Funds for Justice

March, 2009 (international):
:  Democracy Heard Around the World:
Giving Citizens a Voice edition.  
What Do
Community Organizers Do?
By Kathy
Partridge, Interfaith Funders

October 15-17, 2008 (Minneapolis, MN):
Forty local and national funders convene
Focus MN: One State, Twin Cities,
Multiple Perspectives
.  Link

July 9, 2008 (Boulder, CO):  Community
Organizing's influence on the presidential
candidates  Interfaith Funders director and
KGNU radio producer Kathy Partridge
interviews Mike Kruglick, Richard Male,
and Marissa Graciosa  
Hear it now

"Youth add their voices to community
organizing"  Report on the Interfaith
Funders' Nov. 2005 Los Angeles site visit,
in April 2006
Mott Mosaic magazine of the
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.
Find out

"Praise the Lord and Pass the Petition"
Ira Chernus on the Lutheran CBOSS III
(Congregation Based Organizing Strategy
Summit) at
TomDispatch of the Nation
Institute March, 2006.  
Read the story
Transformative Philanthropy:
Supporting Institution-Based
Community Organizing
Read article in summer 2013 edition
Responsive Philanthropy
Explore with us the growth in scope, scale and
impact of organizing, and why funders should
invest in their local IBCOs.