Our Funders & Partners
Our work is made possible thanks to the generosity of many individuals, foundations, congregations, and organizations. Below are the organizations and people with whom we have been honored to work.
- Aaron Family Foundation
- Allen A. Stein Family Foundation
- Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church Outreach
Council & Eugene C. Bay Fund for Urban Ministry
- Captain Planet Foundation
- Chace Fund
- Chace Granting Group
- Children Can Shape the Future
- Connelly Foundation
- Dorothy Monteverde Memorial Fund
- Douty Foundation
- Elizabeth B. and Arthur E. Roswell Foundation
- Hannah and Paul Burnstein Fund
- Hassel Foundation
- Kline & Spector
- Learn and Serve America: Inspired to Serve,
a program of the National Corporation for Community Service
- Magna Legal Services
- Medical Mission Sisters
- Philadelphia Foundation
- Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of Friends
- Radian, Inc.
- Religions for Peace, U.S.A.
- Samuel P. Mandell Foundation
- Samuel S. Fels Fund
- S.H.C.J. Provincial Ministry Fund
- Society of Holy Child Jesus
- Spector, Gadon & Rosen
- State Farm Insurance
- Wright Hayre Foundation
- Youth Services America
The Artwell empowers and transforms individuals and communities through spiritual and creative expression, in partnership with a broad range of multicultural groups in the Philadelphia area. As a non-sectarian organization, the Arts & Spirituality Center serves people of all faiths as well as those not religiously affiliated, nurturing the life-giving resources and values that strengthen the human spirit and build the capacity for change.
To expand programmatic and administrative resources, the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia has developed a unique alliance with the Arts & Spirituality Center that includes sharing office space, equipment and administrative support as well as exchanging programmatic gifts. Artists/educators affiliated with the Arts & Spirituality Center have added creative dimensions to the Interfaith Center’s Walking the Walk and Interfaith Encounters Alternative Break. Likewise, the Interfaith Center developed a youth dialogue component for the MasterPeace project in Kensington South. Rev. Susan Teegen-Case, Executive Director of the Arts & Spirituality Center, is a founding Board member of the Interfaith Center.
The Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions is an international organization that seeks to bring together people from different religious traditions in order to create a peaceful, just, and sustainable world.
The Interfaith Center was privileged to send multi-faith leadership teams to the Parliament’s Goldin Institute for International Partnership and Peace in Spain (2004) and Taiwan (2005). The Center also sent a leadership team to the Parliament of the World Religions in Barcelona, Spain (2004), an international interreligious gathering that attracted more than 7,000 participants. The opportunity to participate in workshops on global issues and meet religious leaders who are members of interfaith centers and coalitions around the world greatly enriched and inspired the work and vision of the Interfaith Council of Greater Philadelphia.
The Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) is a Chicago-based organization that promotes religious pluralism specifically to America’s youth. The IFYC offers education and training for organizations across the country and provides networking opportunities for leaders who are committed to America’s young people.
In the fall of 2005, the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia launched Walking the Walk, a program inspired by the IFYC. Dr. Eboo Patel, Director of IFYC, came to Philadelphia to give the keynote address at the public launch of Walking the Walk. In addition, the Interfaith Center attends the IFYC’s bi-annual training event and coordinates Philadelphia’s participation in the National Day of Interfaith Youth Service.
Medical Missions Sisters is a community of Sisters and Associates whose mission is to be a healing presence at the heart of a wounded world. From 23 nations, the Sisters serve among those made poor in 19 countries on 5 continents. Their ministries include: health care and education, wholeness and healing programs, the development of women, work for justice, and worship and spirituality.
Maria Hornung, a Medical Mission Sister, lives out this mission as the Interfaith Center’s Director of Adult Learning and Leadership. We are grateful for this partnership with Medical Mission Sisters.
Neighborhood Interfaith Movement (NIM), an alliance of 60 congregations and faith-based partners, has worked since 1969 to “build a more just and sensitive community through advocacy and service.” NIM provides vital services to families and older adults in Philadelphia as well as opportunities for interfaith action.
NIM is partnering with the Interfaith Center to offer to Northwest Philadelphia congregations the Interfaith Center’s program Walking the Walk. In partnership with NIM from 2006-2008, the Interfaith Center’s Northwest Philadelphia Walking the Walk program engaged 40 teens from neighborhood churches, mosques, and synagogues in a year-long program of dialogue, learning and service to their community.
Welcoming, accepting, and diverse, the Cathedral of the Diocese of Pennsylvania is part of the Episcopal Church, U.S.A., within the Anglican Communion. Pennsylvania is the oldest diocese in the United States (1784), with one of its newest cathedral foundations (1992).
The Cathedral offers a wonderful home for the Interfaith Center located ten blocks due west of downtown, in University City and occupies a key location between academia (the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University) and the inner city, with bustling multi-cultural neighborhoods on its doorstep. The Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia is grateful to the Cathedral for opening its doors to our work and for the leadership of The Right Reverend Judith Sullivan, Dean of Philadelphia and a Board member of the Interfaith Center.
Religions for Peace (USA) is one of 55 chapters of the world’s largest representative interreligious organization, the World Conference of Religions for Peace (WCRP). Part of a rapidly expanding global interfaith movement, Religions for Peace works closely with leaders from the broadest range of religious organizations in the country and cooperatively with other interfaith and civic society organizations. It creates multi-religious partnerships that mobilize the moral and social resources of religious people to address their shared challenges.
The Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia became one of a select number of organizations to receive a nationwide grant in 2005 from Religions for Peace (USA) to help establish an Interreligious Leaders Council in Philadelphia, made possible by Rockefeller Foundation funds.
The Search Institute is a nonprofit organization that provides resources for youth and community development. It seeks to provide leadership and knowledge to promote healthy communities and children.
From 2006-2009, the Search Institute, along with the Interfaith Youth Core, secured funding from the federally-run Corporation for National Community Service. With this funding, the organizations launched Inspired to Serve, a project that expands the interfaith youth service-learning movement across the country. The Interfaith Center was honored to represent Philadelphia as one of the four pilot cities selected to participate in Inspired to Serve. In addition, the Search Institute’s expertise in asset-based youth development has greatly benefited the Center’s Walking the Walk program.
Professional Support and Assistance
All Adult Learning and Leadership programs are developed by Sr. Maria Hornung, MMS, MA with assistance from board members: Rev. Marilyn Turner, Constance Carter, Ph.D., Sr. Gloria Coleman, S.H.C.J., Gity Etemad, M.D., Rabbi Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer, Rev. Jesse B. Garner, Imam Muhammad Abdur-Razzaq Miller, Imam Anwar Muhaimin, and Jane West Walsh, Ed.D.