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Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement: Faith In/And Democracy

Deadline: July 7, 2020

Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE) is a member-centric philanthropic laboratory that helps funders maximize their impact on democracy and civic life. The Faith In/And Democracy initiative invests in engagement at the intersection of faith and democracy. The initiative seeks to explore the ways faith and faith communities can support democracy and civic life. In 2020, PACE will make awards to a cohort of leaders and organizations best prepared to help address the following framing questions:

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, the initiative seeks 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?”

In addition to funding new projects, PACE will run a cohort-based, year-long peer Learning Community for those engaged with the initiative. PACE sees this Learning Community as a “laboratory” to test key questions about learning and impact, and reflect those learnings to funders, nonprofits, and its fields more broadly.

Amount: Five to six grants of up to $50,000 each will be awarded.

Eligibility: Applicants must be (or be fiscally sponsored by 501(c)(3) public charities based in the United States that do not participate in partisan political campaigns and do not conduct substantial lobbying activities. Applicants should have already demonstrated success in their communities.

Link: http://www.pacefunders.org/faith/

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