* Assets: $41,663 (2013)
* Grants Received: $98,500 (2013)
* Grants Awarded: $0 (2013)
Interfaith Funders (IF) is a national network of 14 faith-based and secular funders committed to using Congregation-based Community Organizing (CBCO) to advance “social change and economic justice” in the United States, and to “effectively counter” the country’s “rising social inequality.” These objectives spring from IF’s belief that social and economic inequities are among the most prominent hallmarks of life in the U.S.
In an effort to help make American society more equitable and just, IF members award grants to faith-based organizations that work to promote such things as higher minimum wages, “living wages,” “school and welfare reform,” “affordable housing” (whose costs are borne by taxpayers), “economic development for impoverished neighborhoods,” expanded rights for immigrants (including illegals), and the recruitment of organizers and activists to help “the voiceless” masses influence public policy. The IF network promotes these ideals not only by means of philanthropy, but also through:
Interfaith Funders strongly endorses the organizing and protest tactics of the late Saul Alinsky, whom IF reveres as the creator and godfather of CBCO. Indeed, the IF coalition proudly declares that its grantees “typically engage in a proven and effective organizing strategy with roots in Alinsky’s work.” Community organizing, IF explains, “can be an instrument of transformation” that enables “sacred texts [to] live in a new way” for clergy and congregation alike.
IF’s current member organizations include:
According to IF, each of these members “supports a broad range of community organizing groups in low- and moderate-income communities around the country, including faith-based groups and those using other organizing models.”
A noteworthy former member of IF was the Jewish Funds for Justice.