Faith & Action Grant FAQs
The Project’s Guiding Values
At the Faith & Action Project, we believe:
- It’s time for action, not only talk.
- It’s time for solution-oriented thinking, not only identifying problems.
- It’s time to not simply provide emergency assistance to people in need, but to eliminate the need for assistance.
- Building on a community’s existing assets can be more powerful than focusing on a community’s unmet needs.
- The world’s great religious traditions – including Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, among others – each call on us to attend closely to the well-being of the impoverished and most vulnerable.
- We need a new social movement in this regard, and communities of faith and conviction can and must play a galvanizing, sustaining role.
- Poverty has personal, social, and structural dimensions, and must be confronted accordingly. This includes candidly addressing how implicit and explicit racial and class-related biases distort our community life.
- Effective solutions will be rooted in evidence-based design and evaluation.
- Organizations who collaborate can increase impact, reduce redundancies, and make better use of finite resources.
- At every turn, our efforts must be as open and inclusive as possible.
- The most wise and effective solutions will intentionally consider the possibility of unintended harm; produce equitable opportunities and benefits; and include accessible avenues of participation, including at the design stage, for the solution’s intended beneficiaries.