When we commit to learning from others outside of our own sphere of influence, we can gain new depth and fresh perspective for the important work that we do around generosity and giving. Lake Institute recently convened this sort of conversation with a group of thought leaders, in order to consider three vital questions addressing the assets, challenges, and models for resourcing American religious life today.
What does courage have to do with innovative, effective religious philanthropy? Transformation of our culture or institutions leads us to invest in previously untested innovations. Lake Institute recently convened a conversation with leaders in religious philanthropy to consider how faith and philanthropy can be reimagined. When we asked these leaders, representing a range of institutional and philanthropic perspectives, to consider the excitement and challenges involved, they were quick to identify the risk involved in change-making, and the ways in which faith emboldens practitioners to try something new, even in the face of failure or long odds. Holding true to a religious conviction allows people of faith a certain confidence in the unseen. Social impact work in religious institutions can be a model for renewal, as innovations take a risk with established traditions, making old things new.