Mission: Educate members and other funders on issues related to community organizing and community economic development; promote strategic approaches to combating poverty through grantmaking; act as a collective voice for faith-based funders; develop special initiatives that direct funding to selected community organizations; and identify effective approaches to educate and involve denominations and congregations at the local level.
Programs: Inter-religious organizing initiative: a collective effort of committed denominations and religious bodies, congregation-based organizing networks, and funders with the goals of deepening the institutional and congregational capacities of our faith traditions to be more powerfully engaged in public life for the sake of justice and on behalf of all that god is creating and to develop processes and capacities for building power requisite to win on justice issues at the national level. In 2014-15, cosponsored (with religions for peace) a meeting of over 60 religious leaders entitled "race and violence:what does religion have to say? "
state of the field project: a research project focused on discerning how community organizing has evolved since 2000. The focus of the project is on the following themes: racial justice, role of theology and faith-communities, and the shift in demographics. Activities in 2014-15 included updating and maintaining a website on research results.
other programs: for fiscal year ending 6/30/2015, participated in a funder telebriefing on institution-based community organzing and predatory lending.