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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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. Grants range from $5,000-$8,000 per year. Please check back in November 2019 for information regarding our next grant deadline.
Questions? Please email Michelle Myles Chambers at mmc[at]sff.org.