FAITHS Program

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The FAITHS (Foundation Alliance with Interfaith to Heal Society) program was founded in 1993 on the premise that congregations and other faith-based organizations are among philanthropy’s strongest partners in the effort to build strong, healthy, and equitable communities. Since its inception, FAITHS has built an interfaith network of more than 600 congregations, faith-based agencies, and community organizations that address critical community issues in the five Bay Area counties that The San Francisco Foundation serves (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo).

FAITHS supports the work of faith-based organizations and congregations to organize and advocate for equitable policies and improve services in low-income neighborhoods in the region. It connects faith-based organizations with support from nonprofits and foundations, provides technical assistance and grants to faith-based organizations, and hosts educational briefings and trainings for faith community leaders. The FAITHS program works with a regional leadership council of clergy and lay leaders that reflect the diversity of the Bay Area faith community to determine the direction of the FAITHS program projects, grantmaking, and capacity building activities. Leaders also provide significant guidance to the FAITHS program through working groups focused on issues such as health, criminal justice, immigration reform, and affordable housing.

FAITHS Community Partner Grant Guidelines

FAITHS Community Partners Grants

Once a year, the FAITHS program provides grants to assist congregations and faith-based organizations to promote community service, dialogue, and action that will strengthen the economic, racial, and civic fabric of local neighborhoods. An advisory group of clergy and lay congregational leaders participate in the process by advising the FAITHS team on issues that are important to the faith-based and broader community.

Faith-based organizations in the Bay Area are eligible to apply for a grant for one to two years in the range of $5,000 – $8,000 per year. The 2018 open cycle for the FAITHS program will open on September 5.


Capacity Building Trainings and Technical Assistance

FAITHS, in partnership with OCCUR, provides a free series of capacity building and technical assistance workshops for Bay Area faith- and community-based organizations providing community services and development programs. These sessions focus on key organizational issues critical to effective program delivery and organizational sustainability.

FAITHS, in partnership with OCCUR, provides a free series of capacity building and technical assistance workshops for Bay Area faith-based organizations providing community services and development programs.  These sessions focus on key organizational issues critical to effective program delivery and organizational sustainability. For more information, contact OCCUR at (510) 839-2440 or occur@sbcglobal.net. The “Model Built on Faith” workshop series information can also be found at www.amodelbuiltonfaith.org.


Civic Engagement

FAITHS provides trainings and policy issue briefings for its grantees and broader network. Through these trainings faith and community-based organizations learn how to successfully engage in nonpartisan voter registration, education, and policy advocacy work. FAITHS hosts Faith and Equity Trainings throughout the region in collaboration with the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity. These sessions deepen the knowledge of participants and help them to hone their advocacy skills to promote policies that further economic and racial inclusion.
Since its inception, the FAITHS Program and its network have engaged in community dialogue and action on race and economic issues that often polarize and divide communities. FAITHS offers trainings and tools for educating faith and community organizations concerned about the humane treatment of immigrants, and community building between recent immigrants and long term residents. FAITHS also educates and mobilizes community members to support the preservation and creation of much needed affordable housing for low and moderate income households, and advocates for good jobs with living wages and the passage of policies to stem displacement of longtime residents from Bay Area neighborhoods.

 

FAITHS Program Staff

Michelle Myles Chambers
FAITHS Program Manager  x539
Amir Abner
Program Assistant x337

To find out more about our FAITHS Leadership Council or to get involved with the FAITHS network please contact our team at programs@sff.org.