The Evolution of Institution-Based Community Organizing: Can Congregations Be Change Agents for Social Justice Again?

Thursday, September 20, 2012 -
8:30am to 11:00am EDT
Rudin Family Forum, Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Floor, NYC
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In recognition of substantial shifts in the field of institution-based community organizing (IBCO), Interfaith Funders, in collaboration with researchers from Duke University and The University of New Mexico, conducted research to document and better understand these changes.  A census of all IBCOs within the United States included a national survey and in-depth phone interviews with key “thought leaders.”  With the first phase of this study now complete, results will be released this fall.
Important findings show that the field has grown significantly by expanding in key areas to become more diverse in terms of geography, race, class and religion.  A shift in advocacy efforts was also noted.  Today, IBCOs are addressing a broader array of political and social issues and projecting increased people-based influence into the political arenas at the state and national level.  Join the researchers as they share their findings and discuss problems, solutions and the future of institution-based community organizing.


  • How institution-based community organizing has successfully linked democratic engagement to faith-based and secular institutions to further social change
  • Opportunities for funders to effectively counter rising social inequality and the fracturing of communities and families in the United States
  • IBCOs as a major social movement addressing a variety of issue areas, geographic focal points and leadership development interests


Brad Fulton, doctoral candidate, Duke University
Molly Schultz Hafid, Program Officer, Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock

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All interested funders, especially faith-based funders and funders of children and youth.
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