Grantee Spotlights

Our grantees are a diverse group doing meaningful work in the areas of higher education, religious literacy and interfaith leadership and public educational media.

Amherst College's Academic Technology Program

As educational technologies become ubiquitous in higher education, faculty members are often unsure about how to integrate new technologies and traditional pedagogies. An AVDF grant enabled Amherst College to fund an instructional technologist position, allowing Amherst to achieve its long-term goal of a highly effective academic technology program that reinvigorates liberal arts teaching and learning. Read more about Amherst College.

American Experiences: Freedom Summer

As part of WGBH’s American Experience history series, Freedom Summer focuses on ten weeks in the summer of 1964 when more than 700 student volunteers partnered with local communities and black citizens to challenge the foundations of white supremacy in Mississippi, the nation’s most segregated state. Together they canvassed for voter registration, created “Freedom Schools” and established the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. Learn more about this 2014 Peabody Award Winner.

Davidson College prepares students to lead and serve

Davidson College’s Transition to Impact initiatives provide students with opportunities to engage in real world experiences in corporations, medical institutions, school systems and in communities large and small while learning and developing analytic rigor, creativity, resilience, practical work lessons and moral courage. Read about Davidson’s Transition to Impact Program.

Nature Cat encourages children to explore the outdoors

Nature Cat is a new animated series that encourages children to explore nature. Co-creators David Rudman (Sesame Street, The Muppets) and Adam Rudman (Tom & Jerry) have teamed up to inspire viewers (designed for kids 3-9) to get outdoors and develop connections with the natural world. This multiplatform media program has integrated digital content and activities encouraging the whole family to get active and create their own outdoor adventures. Explore WTTW’s Nature Cat

Promoting Civil Dialogue in Religious Diversity

Leadership in the 21st century requires a sound understanding of the guiding principles of the First Amendment that enables Americans to appreciate religious and philosophical differences through civility and respect.  To help religious and civic leaders meet the challenges of the nation’s rapidly expanding religious pluralism, the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute is collaborating with graduate schools and civic and religious groups from a diverse array of ideological and disciplinary traditions to offer courses on religious freedom and religion in public life. Learn more about the work of the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute.

The Arthur Vining Davis Fellows at The Aspen Ideas Festival

The Aspen Ideas Festival Scholars Program enables The Aspen Institute to bring a diverse group of action-oriented leaders from our country and beyond to Aspen, Colorado.  The goal is to provide the opportunity for young leaders from diverse backgrounds the chance to attend the Aspen Ideas Festival and network with fellow scholars, participants and speakers at the festival. In 2015, 28 promising leaders attended as AVDF Fellows. Read about The AVDF Fellows Program that enables 28 emerging leaders to attend.

The Pluralism Project at Harvard University

Now in its third decade, the Pluralism Project: World Religions in America is a research project to engage students in studying the new religious diversity in the United States. It is expanding its mapping of interfaith organizations, identifying promising practices and its collection of case studies relevant to interfaith leaders. Learn more about The Pluralism Project.

The Vanguard Network of Interfaith Campuses

The Vanguard Network of Interfaith Campuses was established to deepen interfaith collaboration at every level and to provide the environment for mutual exchange of best practices and resources. Learn more about the work of The Vanguard Network.


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