We aim to shift dominant narratives about race, class, gender, and ethnicity and build radical solidarity and empathy through voice, creativity, and culture. We support art, media, and cultural criticism that challenge injustice like Firelight Media and the Critical Minded Initiative. We invest in visionaries like the Poor People’s Campaign and Bend the Arc who use faith, spiritual, and cultural practices to seed social transformation and spiritually rooted movements for change.
We recognize the power of storytelling and the arts to reflect and sustain traditions, languages, history, hopes, dreams, and truths across generations. By raising the voices of poets and prophets, artists, spiritual leaders, and culture shapers to shift the dominant narratives about race, class, gender, and ethnicity, we can expand our collective capacity for radical empathy. We encourage voices and values that challenge imbalanced power dynamics and expand racial and economic justice.
Through the Voice, Creativity, and Culture portfolio, NCF supports innovative ideas and portfolios that:
- Artistic Practice: Support arts organizations with a deep commitment to social justice and shift perspectives by supporting new narratives that nurture empathy, understanding, and a culture of shared responsibility.
- Storytelling Strategies: Support different modes of storytelling — journalistic, critical, and strategic — that contribute to social justice, hold the powerful accountable, and envision a world with respect and empathy at its core.
- Moral Action: Support religious and spiritually grounded activists and organizations who advocate for social justice and democratic values and shift perspectives by advancing new narratives of radical empathy and shared responsibility.
- Spiritual Practices: Support spiritual, cultural, artistic, and contemplative practices that nurture the creativity, resilience, empathy, and healing of activists, organizations, and leaders advancing social change.