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 Foundations' Aspen Fellows at the Aspen Ideas Festival

Since 2005, the Aspen Ideas Festival has been the nation's premier convening of leaders from around the globe and across many disciplines to engage in consideration of ideas and issues that shape our lives and challenge our times.  For the past three years, the Foundations' have given a grant to the Aspen Institute to fund the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations' Aspen Fellows program, which brings a diverse group of action-oriented leaders to Aspen, Colorado.

Courtesy of the Aspen Institute

The Fellows are selected by the Aspen Institute from a competitive field of nominees who are national leaders with diverse backgrounds and who represent the entrepreneurial spirit, intellectual curiosity and leadership qualities of Arthur Vining Davis, the longtime CEO of the Alcoa Corporation from 1907 - 1948.  

The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations' Aspen Fellows will enrich the Aspen Ideas Festival, and the Foundations are pleased to provide the Fellows with this unique opportunity.  

View the press release announcing the 2017 Fellows

View the press release announcing the 2016 Fellows

View the press release announcing the 2015 Fellows 

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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