The Interfaith Education Fund (IEF) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that provides education, research, training and technical support to community organizations affiliated with the West / Southwest Industrial Areas Foundation. Its focus is to equip ordinary people with the skills they need to be effective leaders in their workplace, in their congregations and in their communities.
The Interfaith Education Fund believes in the dignity of all persons. It works towards racial equality in public life and cultivates the development of a diversity of leaders and organizers who build a civic culture that crosses the barriers of race, class, gender, and faith traditions. IEF teaches the skills to build powerful connections among a multitude of communities to bring about equity and systemic change.
The Interfaith Education Fund provides education and training through:
- Congregational and institutional leadership development that helps organizations live out their missions
- Seminars with renowned academics and intellectuals
- 3-Day and 5-day intensive Leaders Training
Rooted in the tradition of the nation's oldest and largest organizing network, the Industrial Areas Foundation, the IEF has trained thousands of organizers and leaders across the West and Southwest US in the skills and practices of effective citizenship. We do so to ensure that ordinary citizens and residents know how to be more effective at making change in a proactive and positive manner, thereby recovering the nobility and virtue of public life.
Leaders and organizers trained by the Interfaith Education Fund have transformed local labor markets, changed public healthcare systems, turned around public schools, and renewed congregations seeking to be more effective in outreach and mission.