Pillars Fund

Transforming Philanthropy in the American Muslim Community

The Pillars Fund is a pioneering philanthropic initiative in the United States, led by American Muslim civic and community leaders who share the vision of a more promising, just and peaceful future for American Muslims and all Americans. The Pillars Fund strategically supports nonprofit organizations around the country that are both advancing a better understanding of American Muslims and improving the well-being of the communities they serve.

With a large, diverse and growing base of supporters, the Pillars Fund harnesses the power of collective giving and community engagement to magnify the impact of its grant making. Since its inception, the Pillars Fund has made over 60 grants, investing over $1.6 million in organizations with innovative ideas for positive change.

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The Pillars Fund is committed to the principles of religious pluralism and civic engagement within the American Muslim community. If your organization is working to advance a better understanding of the American Muslim community, you may be eligible to apply. The Pillars Fund is honored to make grants supporting both programmatic work and organizational capacity building.

Please note that in order to be considered for funding, your organization:

  • Must have clear objectives and a concise plan for evaluation, including measurable outcomes.
  • Must be a qualified 501(c)(3), as defined by the Internal Revenue Service Code, and be able to provide its most recent Form 990 filing and/or comprehensive audit. An organization or project without its own 501(c)(3) status may apply if it has a fiscal sponsor.
  • Must have a minimum of three board members and have at least one full-time staff member (or plans to hire one full-time staff member).
  • Must be working exclusively on domestic issues. International organizations or programs that work outside of the United States are ineligible for funding.
  • A Pillars grant may not be used to either build or maintain a house of worship, such as a mosque. However, a Pillars grant may be used to support civic engagement or community development programs which are based at a house of worship.
  • A Pillars grant may not be used to either build or maintain an educational institution, such as a school or university. However, a Pillars grant may be used to support specific research or academic programs which are based at an educational institution.

Application Process: 2017 Funding

The Pillars Fund is accepting Grant Proposals between July 29, 2016 and September 26, 2016, for funding beginning in early 2017. Applicants will receive notification of grant awards in January 2017.

Pillars Fund grant making is managed through an annual, two-step application process. The first step includes submission of an informational 1-page Organizational Summary for review by the Pillars Program Office. After review by the Pillars Program Office, a limited number of applicants will be invited to submit full Grant Proposals.

If your organization is interested in working with the Pillars Fund, please complete and submit an informational informational 1-page Organizational Summary for review by the Pillars Program Office by July 29, 2016 in order to be considered for 2017 funding to pillarsfund@gmail.com.

First-time applicants to the Pillars Fund who submit the Organizational Summary after this date will be considered for 2018 funding.

Please note: if you have submitted the 1-page Organizational Summary in prior years, you are not required to resubmit an updated 1-page Organizational Summary.

Contact Us

Email your questions to the Pillars Program Office at pillarsfund@gmail.com.