Faith In/And Democracy was first established in 2019 as a pilot funding and learning initiative led by Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE) to explore the ways faith and faith communities can support democracy and civic life.
In each of the first two years of the initiative, PACE administered a competitive grant process that selected organizations running projects at the intersection of faith and democracy. Organizations received grants for their projects and joined a cohort-based Learning Community over the year they were supported. Below, we include the details of the projects that were supported by FIAD in the first two years. To see how the grantmaking has evolved in the third year of this initiative, we invite you to visit the initiative’s homepage and read this piece.
2019 – 2020 Projects (Pilot Year)Faith In Indiana ISAIAH Neighborly Faith Inc. Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy Wisconsin Council of Churches
2020 – 2021 ProjectsAmerica Indivisible Chicago Theological Seminary Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition Faith in Action Alabama NM Comunidades en Acción y de Fe One America Movement
In addition, the size and quality of the application pools both years confirm the great volume of important work happening at the intersection of faith and democracy. They also demonstrate the need for more resources to support it. In our commitment to our principles, including responsible philanthropy, PACE takes to heart our opportunity to expand interest and advocate for more investment to meet that need. That is why we’re also proud to introduce you to our 2020-2021 Notable Submissions, or the 23 organizations that were invited to submit proposals in the initiative’s second year. These organizations gave us permission to share more about their work, in hopes it might be a fit for other funders and organizations. You can visit the full list here, and contact information or full proposals can be made available upon request.
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