The first phase of our research is to host six gatherings of people of color engaged in stewardship and/or fundraising initiatives in their faith communities. These participants will be drawn from but not limited to individuals from Native American/Indigenous, Black, African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Asian, and Asian American clergy, fundraising professionals, and church leaders.

These gatherings are taking place throughout the country ensure the greatest opportunity for participation. At each gathering we will listen to stories, worship together, explore relevant questions, and collect the emerging themes using qualitative analysis.

Participants will be selected by a application to ensure diversity and commitment to the process. Each individual is required to fully engage in two days of worship and conversation in small and large group settings. We will provide all meals, reimbursement for local travel, and a modest stipend of $300.



Chicago, IL

November 5-6, 2019
ELCA Offices

Apply Here / Sponsored by the Ecumenical Stewardship Center and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in American



Los Angeles, CA

October 1-2, 2019
All Saints, Pasadena

Partially sponsored by All Saints Episcopal Church, Pasadena and the Rev. Mike Kinman and the Presbyterian Foundation

Minneapolis, MN

September 17-18, 2019

Sponsored by Thrivent Financial


April 30-May 1, 2019
Camp Allen

Sponsored by the Methodist Foundation and the Episcopal Diocese of Texas


February 11-12, 2019
Riverside Church

Partially sponsored by Christian Peale and Riverside Church