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 occur@sbcglobal.net.

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 will be accepted between September 11 – October 4, 2019. All applications must be submitted online through our Grantee Portal. We encourage you to review the guidelines and eligibility before preparing your application.

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