Featured at the Foundations

The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations are honored to support and celebrate the impactful work of our grantees.

Every project is important and we are proud to invest in work that supports leadership, excellence and innovation. We have selected two past grantees which particularly reflect these core values to showcase.

The Arthur Vining Davis Fellows at The Aspen Ideas Festival

In 2015, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations established the Arthur Vining Davis Aspen Fellows Program at the Aspen Ideas Festival. 

Courtesy of the Aspen Institute

Twenty-eight emerging leaders from diverse backgrounds brought their intellectual vitality and individual perspectives to nation’s premier public gathering place. They brought back enthusiasm for the impact of the Festival on their personal learning as well as insights for future AVDF philanthropy.
In 2016, the Foundations continued their support of AVDF Aspen Fellows Program at the 2016 Ideas Festival in June by selecting twenty-seven new candidates who were announced in May.

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The Pluralism Project at Harvard University

Thirty years after its inception, Harvard University’s Pluralism Project is continuing to expand its work with interfaith organizations.

Research Director Elinor J. Pierce and Rev. Dr. Marcia M. Sietstra with Dr. Diana Eck.
Courtesy of the Harvard Pluralism Project

The Pluralism Project: World Religions in America is a research project to engage students in studying religious diversity in the United States. The Project long ago established itself as a bridge-builder among scholars, activists, and communities, not only through its approach to research but also in its convening capacity. It is regularly approached for partnership and consultation by organizations that seek to build upon the Project’s momentum and success. Founder and director Diana Eck is routinely cited and sought out as a thought leader in the interfaith movement and the study of religious diversity in America.

An AVDF grant enabled the Project to expand its mapping of interfaith organizations, identify promising practices and collect case studies relevant to interfaith leaders. Additionally, the grant made it possible for the Project to enhance outreach, build capacity for teaching and forge partnerships with new organizations, academic institutions and international think-tanks.

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