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Interfaith Youth Core 2006 Annual Report

Embracing Difference, Creating a Common Life

All around the world there are hundreds of millions of religiously diverse young people interacting with increasing frequency. While some of their relationships are steeped in cooperation, many are deeply rooted in conflict. Political philosopher Michael Walzer was hauntingly accurate when he noted that the challenge of a diverse society is the ability to embrace difference while maintaining a common life. (Michael Walzer, What It Means to Be an American, Marsilio Publishers, 1992). This particular challenge is the basis of the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) methodology—we bring young people together around a common service project and invite them to tell stories from their personal experiences and religious traditions that inspire them to participate in this common action. Through our innovative models and capacity-building approach, IFYC is building a movement that encourages religious young people to foster inter-religious understanding and collaborate to serve the common good. Over the next five years, we will reach 400 million people with our message. We will train 7,500 leaders in youth-focused institutions with a particular focus on reaching 20% of U.S. colleges and universities. We will involve 70,000 young people in inter faith community service activities. We will cultivate 2,000 top leaders in the field through fellowships and conference events. We will help foster a global community that engages with its diversity to create a better common life.

Organizational Goals

Opening Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

1. Make cooperation between religiously diverse young people a public issue.

Core Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

2. Foster widespread participation in interfaith youth service work.

Public Advocacy Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 The Movement Takes International Flight . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

3. Facilitate change in key youth-focused institutions, so that interfaith work becomes a priority.

Outreach Education and Training Program . . . . . . . . 10

4. S howcase the impact of this work while building the capacity of emerging organizers across the world.

Leader Cultivation Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

5. D  evelop grassroots leaders who will advance this movement throughout their lives.

Statement of Activities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Donors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

IFYC Strategic Plan With a significant investment from The Jenesis Group, IFYC took our time in crafting an ambitious but achievable strategic plan for the next five years. We have chosen to build on our strengths in securing attention for the movement, reaching out to youth-focused institutions, and training and cultivating leaders.

Board Members and Staff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Over the next five years, we will reach 400 million people with our message; train 7,500 leaders in youth-focused institutions to positively engage their religious diversity, with a particular focus on reaching 300 U. S. colleges and universities; involve 70,000 young people in inter faith communit y ser vice ac tivities; and cultivate 2,000 top leaders in the field through fellowships and conference events. Build Public Support

Equip Y outh–Focused Institutions

Cultivate Top Leaders in the Field

Culture Change

400 MM aware of IFYC

7,500 Leaders trained

8 MM consult IFYC materials online

70,000 interfaith service volunteer s

20 IFYC interships/ fellowships granted

Reached millions through 65 media appearances

2,000 National Conference attendees

Involved 5,000 in Days of Interfaith Youth Service

Launched international interfaith youth exchange

One hundred years ago, W.E.B. DuBois warned that the problem of the 20th Centur y would be the color line. The 21st Century might well be dominated by a different line— the faith line. From Northern Ireland to South Asia, West Africa to the Middle East, people are condemning, coercing and killing in the name of God. The most pressing question for the world’s citizens may well be this: How will people who have different ideas of heaven interact together on Earth? The faith line does not divide civilizations; it divides religious pluralists and religious extremists. On one side of the faith line, we find religious pluralists who believe that people believing in different creeds and belonging to different communities should come together to serve the common good. Religious pluralism is neither bland coexistence nor forced consensus. Rather, it is a form of proactive collaboration that affirms the identity of the constituent communities while emphasizing that the well-being of all depends on the health of the whole. On the other side of the faith line are the religious extremists who believe that everyone who doesn’t believe the same thing they do ought to be condemned, converted or killed. The future of the faith line depends on which side young people choose; too often, it is the side of religious extremism. At the crossroads of an identity crisis—where young religious people reconcile their religious identities with the positive and negative aspects of modernity—it is of ten extremists who meet them and make them feel authentic, purposeful and legitimately religious. They prey on young peoples’ desire to have a clear identity. In contrast, religious pluralism often takes the shape of senior religious leaders issuing declarations from hotel conference rooms. These leaders certainly play a crucial role in religious bridge-building, but while they debate, young people are at home blogging and chatting on the Internet with their peers. Extremists, not pluralists, are meeting them there. The purpose of IFYC is to make the voice and impact of religious pluralism louder and stronger than those of religious extremism. We want to be the core of a dynamic, far-reaching interfaith youth movement. To this end, we resource, catalyze and network young people, faith and civic leaders, youth advisors, and college and university officials around the country and the world to lead interfaith youth service projects in their communities. This year we reached 27 campuses and dozens of other

youth-focused institutions, trained 300 new interfaith youth organizers, involved 5,000 people in the Days of Interfaith Youth Service campaign and reached millions through 65 media appearances. With initial guidance from Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah’s Office, IFYC launched an international interfaith youth exchange between religiously diverse youth in Chicago, Illinois and Amman, Jordan. We participated again in the Clinton Global Initiative, contributed to the thought of the Council on Foreign Relations’s Religious Advisory Committee, the EastWest Institute’s Task Force on American Muslims, and Duke University’s Islamic Studies Center. We have also appeared on CNN, NPR and the BBC. The populations of the most religiously volatile countries in the world are strikingly young. Seventy-five percent of India’s one billion plus are under age 25. Eighty-five percent of the population of the Palestinian territories is under age 33. More than two-thirds of Iran is under age 30. The median age in Iraq is 19 ½. Our biggest disservice to young people would be to view organizations like IFYC as sweet little youth organizations, for our alternative is embodied by other dynamic and far-reaching youth organizations, not the least of which is al-Qaeda. Young people are standing on the faith line. Whose message are they hearing? Who is telling them they can contribute? Who is teaching them what it means to be religious in the modern world? If we do not help our young people to develop a positive, pluralist religious identity relevant for their time and place, we face the likelihood that they will continue to choose violent interaction.

In peace,

Eboo Patel

Anne Hallett

Executive Director

Board Chair

Core Programs

Photo Credit: Eileen Ryan

IFYC Staff Member Umnia Khan and a conference attendee prepare handmade blankets for Chicago’s homeless community at IFYC’s 4th National Conference on Interfaith Youth Work. 

The ideology of embracing diversity while creating a common life permeates every part of IFYC. It is part of our vision: a world in which religiously diverse young people interact peacefully to create understanding and collaboration, thereby strengthening civil society and stabilizing global politics. It is a part of our mission: to build and spread a global movement of interfaith youth cooperation that inspires and promotes service work. It is an intrinsic part of our three core programs: Public Advocacy, Outreach Education and Training, and Leader Cultivation. Over the past year, IFYC invested a great deal of time in an intensive strategic planning process, during which we extensively examined and restructured our core programs. Restructuring ensured that each program was effectively reaching its intended target audience, working cohesively within the larger organizational framework, achieving organizational goals, and furthering IFYC’s mission. Each core program helps to create our intended culture change by utilizing IFYC’s unique methodology. This exclusive approach uses the shared value and shared act of service within various faiths as a tool to break the discourse barrier and initiate positive dialogue between religiously diverse youth. In using this methodology, youth strengthen their understanding of their own faith traditions, make the connection that a number of faith traditions inspire and promote service work, and learn to embrace their differences and build a common life.

Public Advocacy Program

“Religious pluralism is defined as a state in which we participate in religious diversity in such a way that we achieve appreciative relationships and make real commitments in the public sphere.” – Diana Eck (“The Challenge of Pluralism,” Nieman Reports “God in the Newsroom” Issue, Vol. XLVII, No. 2, Summer, 1993)

In order for inter-religious cooperation among young people to become a worldwide standard, it must first become a public issue in the vein of human rights and environmentalism—two issues broadly recognized and supported among the general public. IFYC’s Public Advocacy Program was established to do exactly that. All too often we see and hear negative images and stories of religious conflict. The Public Advocacy Program strives to steer the focus of the media, policymakers and the public toward religious pluralism and youth as catalysts for positive change. We have seen inspiring results thus far. The interfaith youth movement is generating headlines and the Public Advocacy Program is making inter-religious cooperation and religious pluralism hot new topics. This year alone, IFYC and its staff:

• Made 65 appearances in the media • Organized local interfaith youth service activities

featured by a number of print and broadcast media outlets in several states • Gained international recognition through published

works including books, editorials and features • Were publicly acknowledged by various leaders,

politicians and authors • Engaged in high-level networking; and • Participated in high-profile events, including the

Clinton Global Initiative

The Movement Takes International Flight

Photo Credit: Clinton Global Initiative. IFYC Executive Director Eboo Patel speaking at the 2006 Clinton Global Initiative. 

IFYC is making waves near and far, garnering attention from former President Bill Clinton and Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan. As a direct result of the Public Advocacy Program—which has educated, sparked dialogue amongst and built the capacit y of people worldwide to promote religious pluralism—the InterACTION Youth Exchange was launched in 2005.

2005-2006 Media Coverage Highlights

An inaugural meeting at the 2005 Clinton Global Initiative between IFYC Executive Director Eboo Patel and Queen Rania initiated the project, which provides the oppor tunit y for 30 e m e rging yo ung f aith l eader s to co nne c t and share ideas and best practices across international and religious boundaries. In August, IFYC sent a small delegation of staff and youth to Jordan to meet with potential par tners and assist in establishing the groundwork for a youth exchange program and a documentar y feature intended to inspire others to take up this work where they are.

Spiegel Online International: Interview with Bill Clinton: I Tried to Represent a Better America, April 2006

Clinton formally announced the genesis of the InterACTION Yo u t h E xc h a n g e a t t h e 20 0 6 C l i nto n G l o b a l I n i t i a t i ve , r ea f f i r mi n g I F YC a n d J o r d an’s co mmi tm e nt to p osi ti ve i nte r n a t i o n a l i nte r f a i t h e xc h a n g e . T h e a n n o u n ce m e nt started a buzz that has propelled the project forward with great anticipation. In late November, IFYC sent its planning delegation back to Jordan. There they met with Jordanian students chosen to participate in the project and planned the exchange’s January 2007 itinerary.

Print Media The Mighty & The Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs by Madeleine Albright, May 2006

The Chicago Tribune’s Perspectives Section: Gasp! I Share Goals with an Evangelical Star! Lead Op-Ed in the Chicago Tribune, December 11, 2005

Broadcast Media Speaking of Faith: Religious Pluralism, Passion, and the Young, November 2005 & August 2006 The Brian Lehrer Show: Cartoon Controversy New York Public Radio, February 2006

The formation of the InterACTION Youth Exchange has helped IFYC achieve one of our greatest objectives—international interfaith understanding. It is a catalyst for interfaith youth cooperation and represents a positive model of religious pluralism. Creating the exchange program also demonstrates the impor tance of the Public Advocac y Program and the potential impact it can have on opening borders, teaching the public values of religious pluralism, creating a broader awareness of inter-religious cooperation and understanding, and furthering the youth movement. 

Outreach Education and Training Program

Students participate in a Day of Interfaith Youth Service at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. 10

Photo Courtesy: Fareen Jiwani.

“We [Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Baha’I and Sikh students] talked about how hurricanes and natural disasters don’t just hit one religious group—they affect the whole community,” – Fareen Jiwani Emory University Atlanta, Georgia

Surrounded by buckets, bleach, towels, sponges and other cleaning supplies, Fareen Jiwani and other Emory University students came to the realization that Hurricane Katrina’s torrential rains and ravaging winds did not target specif ic groups of people—everyone was at risk. Jiwani, a Muslim, recalls the conversation she had with Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Baha’i and Sikh student volunteers while assembling relief kits for hurricane survivors. “We talked about how hurricanes and natural disasters don’t just hit one religious group—they af fect the whole community,” she said. Such is the impact of IFYC’s Days of Interfaith Youth Service (DIYS) events. Students are brought together to not only help others in need, but are also af forded the oppor tunit y to explore how communit y ser vice relates to a large number of faiths. After hearing IFYC Executive Director Eboo Patel speak about the interfaith movement at a conference, Jiwani was inspired to get involved. Since the conference, she has organized two DIYS events on the Emory campus in Atlanta. Jiwani’s story is merely one example of how IFYC has inspired student leaders on campuses across the nation to combine interfaith and service work. Interfaith work on college campuses is critical, primarily because college is one of the first places many young people encounter others with faith traditions vastly different from their own. Since IFYC has such a clear understanding of the religious intolerance plaguing campuses around the globe, it has partnered with a number of educational institutions to foster community service and interfaith dialogue among different faith groups as part of its Outreach Education and Training (OET) Program.


Campuses IFYC worked with in FY2006: Aurora University Bellarmine University Boston University Brandeis University Columbia College Chicago Cornell University DePaul University Dickinson College Dominican University Emory University (Oxford College) The George Washington University Harold Washington College

Training Tomorrow’s Interfaith Ambassadors The OET Program provides youth-focused institutions—college and university campuses, independent secondary schools, and faith-based and civic organizations— with the tools necessary to positively engage religious diversity. Additionally, it uses public forums to discuss the importance of interfaith youth work and train institutional stakeholders and student leaders to effectively organize interfaith work within their institutions and communities. Program participants become ambassadors of interfaith cooperation and understanding within their institutions and communities. As they employ the ethics and values of religious pluralism in public life, they become part of the interfaith youth movement. One exemplary relationship forged by the OET Program is that of IFYC and DePaul University in Chicago. DePaul, a Catholic institution, is one of the most diverse campuses in America. Every day, students from different faith traditions come into contact with one another. Due to the campus’s diverse nature, the university is always seeking new ways to develop inter-religious cooperation and understanding. IFYC has worked closely with DePaul over the past several years to determine its ideal interfaith campus model and design a pluralistic vision for the university that honors its Catholic foundation. Since IFYC began its alliance with DePaul, the university has formed an interfaith student council made up of elected leaders from various student religious organizations, launched an interfaith fellows program in partnership with IFYC’s Chicago Youth Council, hired an interfaith chaplain and brought campuswide attention to interfaith issues. Days of Interfaith Youth Service: A Closer Look The Days of Interfaith Youth Service (DIYS) campaign that Jiwani has participated in is a major part of the OET Program. Occurring every April in partnership with National & Global Youth Service Day, it brings together young people of diverse faith traditions to participate in meaningful service events on campuses across the


globe. Events range from reading to refugee children to increasing voter turnout in the New Orleans mayoral election. Campaigns unite the growing network of interfaith youth organizers through a common project, all the while showcasing this emerging movement to the world.

Harvard University

Youth who join in the DIYS experience build relationships with one another, strengthen their connec tion to their own faith traditions, learn the value of cooperative action, and begin to see that their peers, although from dif ferent religious backgrounds, share the common value of serving others.

Lake Forest College

The 2005-2006 Days of Interfaith Youth Service: • Took place in 25 American cities, on campuses nationwide and at seven

international sites

Illinois Institute of Technology Johns Hopkins University

New York University Northwestern University Princeton University Ripon College Seattle University

• Brought together more than 3,000 young people and 2,000 adults; and

Tufts University

• Led to the formation of interfaith youth councils and programming using

University of Chicago

IFYC’s methodology on several campuses Throughout the year the OET Program: • Trained 300 organizers • Provided tools and resources necessary for organizers to lead their own

DIYS projects; and • Helped engage participants in interfaith dialogue and perform

University of Chicago Graduate School of Business University of Illinois at Chicago University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign University of Toledo

a community service project IFYC’s OET Program continues to harness the social capital of youth-based institutions and extend its resources and knowledge to faith-based and civic community leaders around the country. Next year, IFYC plans to work with 60 youth-focused institutions through the OET Program and grow DIYS to 50 sites worldwide.


Leader Cultivation Program

IFYC staff members, volunteers, and participants get to know one another during an icebreaker at IFYC’s 2006 Chicago Day of Interfaith Youth Service. 14

Photo Credit: David Cymermom

Divided by gender, religion and race, Nathan Render and Jennifer Bailey did not def ine themselves by what made t h e m d i f f e r e n t . R a t h e r, t h e t w o f o r m e r C h i c a g o h i g h school students forged a relationship of understanding and openness, demonstrating just how much power young people have to influence change and become beacons for a pluralistic tomorrow. In 2005, Render and Bailey joined IFYC’s Chicago Youth Council (CYC) as strangers and left as friends after volunteering to serve as English teachers, art instructors and coaches to a group of Somali-Bantu children at the Interfaith Refugee and Immigration Ministries on Chicago’s North Side. Bailey, an African-American Protestant, and Render, who is Jewish, developed a strong bond as they learned to embrace their differences and construct a common life together. The CYC experience taught them “to build a culture of mutual respect and actually help each other,” explains Bailey. Using the relationship-building skills acquired through CYC, the two inspired college students are now craf ting bridges of understanding and cooperation between diverse groups at

Tufts University in Medford, Mass. Bailey has taken a lead role in organizing seminars and planning a retreat for participants of Pathways, Tufts’s on-campus interfaith initiative. Render is co-facilitator of the program and is looking forward to the school’s interfaith awareness week. “We are now in a position to help people move away from hatred and more toward mutual respect,” Render says. Planting Seeds IFYC’s Leader Cultivation Program nurtures budding young leaders like Bailey and Render, as well as many other youth and adult inter faith prac titioners across the nation. The program provides them with the skill set and knowledge base necessary to strengthen relationships across religious traditions, b e come inter- religious leader s and advance the inter faith youth movement. It also fosters the idea of living peacefully in a religiously diverse society and equips participants with valuable strategies, resources, networking oppor tunities, and unique ser vice -learning projec ts that enhance their understanding of religious pluralism and lifelong commitment to interfaith work.


The program focuses on three key areas: Internships: These provide high-potential leaders with shortterm intensive interfaith work experiences. Chicago Youth Council (CYC): The CYC is an intensive interfaith leadership training program for Chicago high school and college students. Students meet on a weekly basis, discuss shared values within their faith traditions and coordinate a community service project based on the needs of the Chicago community. National Conferences: Conferences align newcomers with emerging and established leaders in the f ield to deepen their skills, share best practices, and collaborate to address opportunities and challenges facing interfaith work. Looking Back, Moving Forward In May 2006 the 4th National Conference on Interfaith Youth Work joined together more than 100 interfaith organizers, religious leaders, civic organizers and young people from the diverse cities of Los Angeles, New York, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Calgar y and many others. Par ticipants net worked, exchanged ideas and resources, and learned about interfaith youth work. Through partnerships with The National Conference on Citizenship and the International Faith and Service Conference, IFYC was able to provide seed grants of up to $1,000, as well as offer additional in-depth training to Days of Interfaith Youth Service sites. The program provided six internships throughout the year, enabling future leaders to obtain practical interfaith experience. 16

The Leader Cultivation Program mobilizes the next generation of ins titutional and individual leader s in the inte r f aith movement. It is IFYC’s sincere hope that their commitment to collaboration and peaceful existence will result in the development and rejuvenation of strong and stable civil societies. 2005-2006 Chicago Youth Council More than 18 university and high school students participated in the 2005-2006 Chicago Youth Council (CYC). Partnering with local organizations, Inspiration Corporation and Sarah’s Circle, CYC volunteers helped serve a number of homeless and hungry community members. Students led a series of workshops for the homeless, created a “Scrapbook on Film” filled with photos taken of life on the streets, and partnered with a nationally renowned collagist who taught collage techniques as vehicles for communicating stories with the images. The photos and interviews were also used by students to create a film tentatively titled “Exploring Home in our Various Traditions,” which allowed them the chance to articulate the concept of home from their particular religious perspectives while contemplating what it means to be without a home. The project culminated on June 5, 2006 with a screening of the students’ film and a fundraiser to sell their artwork. All proceeds were donated to the Inspiration Corporation to benefit the homeless people with whom the students collaborated.

“Some of the most valuable contributions may be not the financial ones at all. For example, we have this institute for religious reconciliation based in Chicago run by an American of Indian descent named Eboo Patel. He made an agreement with Queen Rania that they would go to Jordan and work with them trying to bridge the religious divides in the Middle East. In the Midwest we have a huge Arab Muslim population in Chicago and in Detroit and a huge Jewish population in both towns. Increasingly we have more Indians who are predominantly, but not exclusively Hindus. So we deal with all this every day in America, and she asked him to come there, and he said yes. If it works, it could help.” – Spiegel Online International, I Tried to Represent a Better America Interview with Former President Bill Clinton


Statement of Activities Year Ended July 31, 2006 Temporarily Revenues, Gains and other Support Unrestricted Restricted Total Contributions Individual/business $ 31,791 $ 5,000 $ 36,791 Religious/civic/NGO 2,768 2,768 Corporate/business/grants 1,250 1,250 Foundation/trust grants 421,647 37,228 458,875 Board contributions and other contributions 12,950 12,950 NGO contract revenue 15,000 15,000 Program service fees 18,814 18,814 Interest and dividends 7,615 7,615 Other 889 889 Total Revenues, gains Net assets released from restrictions

$ 512,724 $ 101,600

$ $

42,228 (101,600)



Total Revenues, gains and other support








Temporarily Expenses Unrestricted Restricted Total Program services Chicago Action Program $ 179,586 $ 179,586 National Action Program $ 143,620 $ 143,620 Public Advocacy $ 108,605 $ 108,605 Outreach Education and Training $ 47,265 $ 47,265 Global Initiative $ 29,280 $ 29,280 Total Program Services $ 508,356 $ 508,356 Supporting services Management and general Fundraising Total Supporting Services

$ 187,953 $ 47,953 $ 235,906

$ 187,953 $ 47,953 $ 235,906







$ 101,600 $ 42,228

$ $

434,630 245,320

Total Expenses


Change in Assets



Net Assets Beginning of year End of year

$ 333,030 $ 203,092


Footnotes: Temporarily restricted net assets are available for the following purposes or periods: Amman-Chicago Interfaith Youth Exchange ($5,000), Chicago Programs ($5,000), Boston Interfaith Youth Initiative ($8,728), Course development, Interfaith Action in the World ($23,500). Net assets were released from donor restrictions during the year ended July 31, 2006 by incurring expenses satisfying the following purpose or time restrictions specified by donors: Capacity building-technical assistance support ($21,600), Assistant Executive Director salary support ($15,000), General support for year ended July 31, 2006 ($65,000).


Individual And Business Donors

$25 – $100 Annapurna Astley

Usra Ghazi

Elizabeth Oscanyan

Kiley Bednar

Peter Gilmour

Robert & Sonja Pavlik

Thomas Beerntsen

Scott & Lynn Groves

Disha Patel

Barry & Elizabeth Bennett

Rani Halpern & Joel Green

Beth Pearlman

Peter Benson & Carolyn A. Munson-Benson

Zena Handlon

Laura Provinzino

Karin Hillhouse

Matthew & Rajal Regan

David & Deborah Holloway

Travis Rejman & Gia Biagi

John & Sharon Iverson

Myron J. Resnick

Jean Schultz Judd

Zachary Schultz & Mia Rao

Mansfield Kaseman

Linda Rhine

Alan Khazei

Kenneth & Gladys Smith

Derek & Jennifer Kilmer

Emily Soloff

John Kretzmann

Shane & Enid Staten

Gregory E. Kulis

Randall Gray Styers

Marcia Markowitz

Joel Tiebloom

Joseph & Linda McGough

Derek Terry

John H. Morrison

Harold & Pisamai Vogelaar

Natalie Nimerala

Rosa Wang

Michael Bergman Colman & Susan Buchbinder David Conarroe Alan & Wendy Covey Dan Croll & Jan Gartenberg Kenneth Crouch Linda Dean Benjamin & Karina DeHayes Robert & Elizabeth Dow Bill Drayton – Fund for Innovation and Public Service Peter Farstad Syed & Rizwana Ghazi

Robert & Marian Noah


$101 – $250

$251 – $500

$501 – $1,000

Michael Baker

Gary & Shelly Belz

Cheryl Anderson

Mr. & Mrs. Charles Benton

Roy & Sheri Disney

Jane Anderson & Tess Ayers

Marshall & Barbara Linn Bouton

Samuel Fleischacker

Aspen Edge Research, LLC

Patrice Brodeur

Sally Fletcher

Rick & Silvia Baker

David Gergen & Renee Burchard

April Kunze

Kayla Cohen

Crystal Chan

Eboo Patel

Sunil & Julia Harris Garg

Glenn Newman & Erika Dillon

Karin Pritikin

Tasneema Ghazi

Thomas & Connie Duckworth

Bruce & Diana Rauner

Anne Lee Haden Guest

Daniel & Patti Eisenberg

Donald & Kathryn Rhymer

Anne Carlson Hallett

Bill & Elizabeth Eklund

Madelyne Schermer

Andrea London

The Eklund Family

Frank & Julie Von Zerneck

Marylee Post

Victor & Diane Fresco

Richard Post

The Gillihan Family

Habeeb Quadri & Aisha Siddiqui

David Gortner & Heather VanDeventer

Harold Richman Michael & Markie Ross

Colleen E. Hennesey Trust

Laura Truax

Leonard & Alice Maltin Michael McPherson Laura Moss Theodore & Mary Pattee Jay & Roslyn Wolpert World’s Gold and Diamonds, Inc.

131 generous individuals, organizations , congregations, foundations and corporations, gave a total of $381,344. Following is an accounting of the year’s giving:

29 We stern/Pacific  Southwes t 78 Midwes t 7 Southeas t  Northeas t  Internationa l 2 Unknow n




$1,001 – $5,000

Brotherhood of Temple Beth-El

Ashoka Innovators for the Public

Stephen Bell

Congregation B’Nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim

Ansara Family Foundation

Robert Clearmountain & Betty Bennett President & Senator Clinton – The Clinton Family Foundation Kenneth & Sherry Corday Ron Kinnamon Eileen Momblanco

Islamic Networks, Inc.

The Chicago Community Foundation, Edmund F. Egan Memorial Fund

St. Pauls United Church of Christ

Chicago Community Trust

Temple Beth-El

Community Foundation of Northwest Indiana, Inc.

The Triple EEE Foundation United Muslims of America Interfaith Alliance

The Nathan Cummings Foundation Gorter Family Foundation

Nancy Murray

The Heyman Family Fund

Norman & Rose Simmons

The Jenesis Group Henry Luce Foundation, Inc. Mayer & Morris Kaplan Family Foundation McCormick Tribune Foundation National Conference on Citizenship Polk Bros. Foundation Relations Foundation Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Inc. Rockefeller Foundation Shingleton Family Foundation Shinnyo-en Foundation Speh Family Foundation Spencer Foundation United States Institute of Peace


Board of Directors

IFYC Staff

Stephen Bell

Kareem Irfan

Executive Management

Attorney at Law and Partner

General Counsel for Schneider Electric

Eboo Patel, Executive Director

at Goldberg, Kohn, Bell, Black,

and outgoing Chair of the Council of

April Kunze

Rosenbloom & Moritz

Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago

Karin Pritikin

Kayla Cohen

Ron Kinnamon - Past Chair

Administrative Staff

Associate Director of Sales Training

Retired Assistant National Executive

Kara Carrell

and Development, Kraft Corporation

Director of the YMCA of the USA

Cassie Meyer

Sam Fleischacker

Rabbi Andrea London

Program Directors

Professor, Department of Philosophy,

Rabbi, Beth Emet Synagogue in Evanston

Garth Katner

University of Illinois at Chicago

Eileen Momblanco

Mariah Neuroth

Sunil Garg

Attorney at Law, Law Firm of Minsky,

Program Associates

Director, Exelon Corporation

McCormick & Halligan, P.C.

Erin Williams

Dr. Tasneema Ghazi

Reverend David Pattee

Co-founder, Executive Board Member and

VP for Development & External Affairs,

Director of Curriculum and Instruction, The

Chicago Theological Seminary

IQRA Foundation

Harold Richman

Usra Ghazi

Founder and Director Emeritus,

Alumna of IFYC Chicago Youth Council

Chapin Hall Center for Children, and

and student at DePaul University

Former Dean of the School of Social

Anne Hallett - Chair

Administration, University of Chicago

Former Executive Director of Cross-City

Reverend Laura Truax

Campaign for Urban School Reform

Senior Pastor, LaSalle Street Church

and former Executive Director, The Wieboldt Foundation Father James Halstead

Megan Hughes Umnia Khan Noah Silverman Program Assistants Sarah Bier Michelle Schackmann Terrance Wallace Interns Matthew Boote Susie Claflin Usra Ghazi Lauren Menger Hemang Srikishan Dan Steinhelper

Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at DePaul University


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