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Ignatian Solidarity Network

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Education

Mission: The Ignatian Solidarity Network promotes leadership and advocacy among students, alumni, and other emerging leaders from Jesuit schools, parishes, and ministries by educating its members on social justice issues; by mobilizing a national network to address those issues; and by encouraging a life-long commitment to the “service of faith and the promotion of justice.”

Results: The stories of individuals inspired by their participation in Ignatian Solidarity Network programs are endless. Most notable recently is the 2011 Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice which brought together nearly 1,200 individuals from Jesuit and partner institutions across the United States for learning, reflection, networking, prayer, and advocacy. 800+ participants took part in a legislative advocacy day on Capitol Hill, completing 130 meetings in 60 different legislators office and the White House.

Target demographics: We mobilize individuals and institutions connected with the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in the United States. This includes high school students and faculty; university students, staff, and faculty; parish members; graduates of Jesuit institutions; and others who feel a connection to the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola and its emphasis on the relationship between faith and justice.

Direct beneficiaries per year: In person programs directly impact 1,500+ people per year. Our online programs and resources impact thousands in the U.S. and beyond the reach of this medium grows daily.

Geographic areas served: We work mainly with U.S. based institutions, though we welcome individuals and institutions from throughout the world to be part of our in-person programs and online dialogue.

Programs: ISN offers annual programs focused on leadership formation and social justice education grounded in the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola. These programs include the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice, Arrupe High School Leaders Summit, University Leadership Summit, Ignatian Immersion Experience Coordinator Summit, and Ignatian Family Advocacy Month. In addition, we provided on-line programs including webinars, networking groups, and resources.

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2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

A few years ago, as an interested observer, I attended for the first time the annual ISN Jesuit Family Teach-In held in Washington, DC (Jesuit universities, colleges, high schools, parishes, etc.) dedicated to social justice education and advocacy, which is the heart of ISN's mission. There were 1200 attendees (mostly students) listening attentatively and respectfully to peers and well known speakers for a full day before lobbying on Capitol Hill, but the most telling feature to me was the lack of any cellphone use or texting -- total involvement and attention to the speakers and to what was being said! I thought, "If this is our future, I want to be part of it!"


Board Member

Rating: 5

ISN's programs, website, and network opportunities offer high school and college students, young professionals, and adult parishioners training and opportunities to live out a faith that does justice. Each year, more than 1,000 members of the Ignatian Family gathering for a teach-in to learn about pressing justice issues, discuss ways that we can respond as individuals, and prepare to meet with elected officials to call for policy change. ISN trains high school and college students to be leaders on issues of justice like labor rights, fair trade movements, domestic poverty issues, immigraiton reform, and militarization of foreign policy througout the world. ISN educates communities through online blogs and webinars. Their programs offer direction to the justice work of thousands of Jesuit-affiliated individuals across the U.S. and around the world.