- Assets: $40,930 (2010)
- Grants Received: $74,950 (2010)
- Grants Awarded: $0 (2010)
Interfaith Funders (IF) is a national network of faith-based and secular funders committed to advancing, through support for grassroots community organizing, “social change and economic justice” in the United States. This objective springs from their belief that social and economic inequities are hallmarks of American life. From 1998 through 2003, IF awarded $1.8 million in grants to faith-based organizations that work to promote higher minimum wages, school and welfare reform, economic development for inner-city neighborhoods, expanded rights for immigrants (including illegals), and the recruitment of leftwing organizers and activists in the field. Interfaith Funders strongly endorses the organizing and protest tactics of the late Saul Alinsky, who IF lauds as the creator of faith-based community organizing.
Interfaith Funders' current members include: the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Division for Church in Society; the One Great Hour of Sharing Fund of the Presbyterian Church USA; the Catholic Campaign for Human Development; the Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock; the Jewish Funds for Justice; the Dominican Sisters of Springfield; the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate; the C.S. Mott Foundation; the Needmor Fund; the New York Foundation; and the Marianist Sharing Fund.
IF works closely with the Faith Chapel Organizing Ministry, a black church in San Diego, to address what it deems the social injustices afflicting that congregation's low-income community. IF also works with Saint Joseph the Worker, a Catholic church in McAllen, Texas that organized Mexican migrant farmers, laborers, service workers, and illegal aliens in a campaign to oust whites from the City Council and create a system wherein it would be easier to elect Mexicans to the Council.
Moreover, Interfaith Funders is a strong supporter of ACORN, the National Network of Grantmakers, and the Neighborhood Funders Group.
(Information on grantees and monetary amounts courtesy of The Foundation Center, GuideStar, ActivistCash, the Capital Research Center and Undue Influence)