FAITHS Program

FAITHS Program

A religious person is someone who holds God and humanity in one thought at one time, at all times, who suffers harm done to others, whose greatest passion is compassion, whose greatest strength is love and defiance of despair. — Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

The faith community has historically been at the forefront of advocating for racial and economic equity, and it remains a crucial voice today. In 1993, the foundation created the Foundation Alliance with Interfaith to Heal Society (FAITHS) — now a nationally recognized program — to enhance the work of faith-based organizations to organize and advocate for equitable policies and improve community services in their neighborhoods. Since its inception, the program has built an interfaith network of more than 600 congregations and other faith-based organizations that address critical community issues in the Bay Area, such as criminal justice, immigration reform, and affordable housing.

Capacity-Building Trainings and Technical Assistance

In partnership with OCCUR, FAITHS provides capacity building and technical assistance workshops for Bay Area faith- and community-based organizations providing community services and civic engagement programs. These sessions focus on strengthening organizational and program effectiveness. For more information, visit amodelbuiltonfaith.org or contact OCCUR at (510) 839-2440 or info@occurnow.org.

COVID-19 Bi-Weekly Community Response Meetings

FAITHS implemented a bi-weekly meeting to provide timely support, information, and resources to Bay Area faith-based organizations. These meetings have included presentations by SF Mayor’s Office of Housing, Bolder Advocacy training, Federal resources, and Nonprofit Housing Association of NorCal.  We will continue these meetings until we have returned to our ‘new’ normal.

To join and receive the bi-weekly meeting invites for your organization, please email Chanterria McGilbra at CMcGilbra[at]sff.org.

Quarterly FAITHS Community Leaders Meetings

FAITHS consists of a diverse representation of the Bay Area’s faith-based community leaders representing 5 counties: San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, and San Mateo. Our quarterly meetings bring leaders together for trainings, information/resource sharing, and community reconnection.

For our community leaders who would like to join and receive the quarterly meeting invites, please email Chanterria McGilbra at CMcGilbra[at]sff.org.

Civic Engagement

In partnership with the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, FAITHS provides trainings and policy 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 work that supports the foundation-wide focus on racial and economic equity.

Community Partners Grants

Every year, the FAITHS program provides grants to assist congregations and faith-based organizations to strengthen interfaith and race relations, increase civic and cultural participation, support leadership, and provide community service to low-income residents and communities of color.

Faith-based organizations in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo counties are eligible to apply for a grant for one to two years. Grants range from $5,000-$8,000 per year.

Applications are due every fall. All applications must be submitted online through our Grantee Portal. We will post updated guidelines on this page when we have more information about 2021 grant program.

Questions? Please email Michelle Myles Chambers at mmc[at]sff.org.