Fall Event, featuring insights from national and local leaders working to turn back poverty, offers inspiration to anyone in Central Indiana who pursues that same objective. Certainly, our most recent Fall Event, keynoted by author and TV commentator Van Jones, was packed with compelling conversation.
But we know that inspiration alone is not enough. We can point to plenty of inspiring stories from the past few decades – stories of people rising out of poverty, stories of people who dedicated themselves to walking alongside people in poverty, stories of organizations who have offered pathways out of poverty – and yet poverty in Central Indiana continues to outpace the nation. And that is not acceptable.
So, in addition to offering inspiration, the Faith & Action Project seeks to build real awareness of the issues surrounding poverty, provide evidenced-based examples of progress, and accelerate anti-poverty work through grants and networking. We want to shine a light on systemic and cultural factors that hold people in poverty. We want to deconstruct practices that, no matter how well-meaning, might block the path to more productive approaches. We hope to encourage your efforts to truly hear and see each other see, recognizing that relationships bring about meaningful transformation.
Our questions to you are these: How are we doing? What more could Faith & Action Project do to support your faith community? What challenges does your organization face to let go of projects that aren’t producing measurable impact? What assistance do you need to change the culture of your institution so you can embrace initiatives proven to show lasting impact?
Let us know how we can continue to support your efforts, individually and collectively. Let us know what more we can do to help you apply your power, ingenuity, resources and influence to create and deploy lasting solutions that will help to move people out of poverty for the long term. Feel free to contact me at LRabinowitch@cts.edu to share your thoughts.
Lindsey Nell Rabinowitch
Project Director, Faith & Action Project
A Gathering of Faith Leaders
In October, the Faith & Action Project followed up on its Fall Event by gathering local faith leaders for breakfast and discussion about how their congregations are working to come alongside neighbors in need. The breakfast featured candid conversations and a sharing of ideas that could bear fruit for faith communities throughout the city. Repeating motifs centered on a continual thirst for collaboration, the need to equip faith communities to respond to opportunities, and an earnest desire to serve God by serving neighbors. Through conversations like this one, the Faith & Action Project hopes to plant the seeds for practical and intentional action, facilitate collaboration and add to the cumulative impact of our events. To that end, we ask you to invite anyone you think would be interested in engaging in this collective effort. Through personal invitations, we believe we can widen the circle and generate an ever-increasing impact on poverty in Indianapolis.
A Faith & Action Video and Discussion Guide
Too often, we hear powerful presentations, but have no opportunity to discuss what we’re heard or consider ways to put the ideas into action. In order to avoid such a lost opportunity, the Faith & Action Project has created a four-and-a-half-minute video with highlights from the October fall event conversation and supported it with a discussion guide that can be used in any small-group setting. To view the video, click here. To download the discussion guide, click here.
Begin the Grant Process Now!
While the deadline for 2020 Faith & Action Grant applications is still months away, it’s never too early to start work on your potential proposal. Because the Faith & Action Project wants to see faith communities, government agencies, non-profits and for-profits collaborate on grant proposals, now is especially a good time to connect with likely partners and begin to discuss how you can work together to increase impact, reduce redundancies, and make better use of finite resources. Click here to learn more about the Faith & Action Project Grants Program. To see a video highlighting our most recent class of grant recipients, click here.
Restoring the American Dream, by David T. Ellwood and Nisha G. Patel. The US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty gathered a group of experts, thinkers, dreamers and innovators to tackle one big question: What would it take to dramatically increase mobility from poverty? Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and staffed by the Urban Institute, the effort resulted in a paper – co-authored by Nisha G. Patel, who will be a featured speaker at the 2020 Faith & Action Project Spring Conference – that offers five clear strategies for alleviating poverty.
Mark your calendar for this important date.
April 30, 2020: Faith & Action Spring Conference
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