Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE) administers a funding and learning initiative to invest in and promote engagement at the intersection of faith and democracy. In its second year, Faith In/And Democracy is an effort to explore the ways faith and faith communities can support democracy and civic life.
The initiative is exploring these framing questions in 2020-2021:
How do we encourage and support more people to build relationships and work with people who come from different racial, religious, cultural and/or political backgrounds and perspectives? How do we invest in faith communities as viable sites for this work?
Through these questions, we seek to understand:
- What personal capacities—values, training, experience—support faith leaders to engage across difference and prepare them to lead that work in their institutions?
- What institutional capacities—strategic, programmatic, tactical—best enable organizations to do that work successfully within and beyond their own constituencies?
- What calls leaders and enables institutions to confront discomfort and disagreement in their efforts to “reach beyond the choir?”
Six projects were selected for the 2020-2021 cohort. Each organization receives a grant from PACE and will participate in a year-long Learning Community to grow their skills and expand their networks. Collectively, this cohort will seek to understand how faith communities are viable sites to help people build relationships and work with people who come from different racial, religious, cultural and/or political backgrounds and perspectives.
Faith In/And Democracy Cohort
2020 – 2021America 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.
To learn more about the projects that are part of this initiative, please visit:
For more about what we are learning from this initiative, please visit:
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