President’s Interfaith and Community Service Challenge

The White House will again be hosting the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Challenge. To join the Challenge, campuses are required to submit an interfaith service plan by October 15th. More details here.

An email was sent today (below) announcing upcoming webinars.


Dear Campus Challenge Campus Lead,

I am excited that you are all working on preparing plans for participation in the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge. Reports on your plans are due October 15.

To assist you in this process we have planned four webinars. I want to get these dates to you so you can plan on participating. As the dates approach we will send specific information about how to join the webinars.

August 15th 2:00 pm EDT

Funding Interfaith/community Service work

Developing plans so that funding doesn’t drive program. Finding and using institutional resources. Looking for grants and outside finding.

August 30th 2:00 pm EDT

Developing strong community service programs that include interfaith

What are the characteristics of a strong community service program?  What tools are available to incorporating interfaith?

September 12 2:00 pm EDT

“Nuts and bolts” of the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge

How to become involved in the Challenge. What is expected. What are the possibilities. What are your questions as you look forward to submitting a report on your plan on October 15.

September 25th 2:00 PM EDT

Share your story (tips and best practices)

Letting the campus know what you do. Stories for the media. How to share your story with the White House.

If you have questions or suggestions please contact me at

Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell, Director
Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships Center
U.S. Department of Education


President’s Interfaith and Community Service Challenge

President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge

The White House has launched a second year of the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge with a special invitation to a national convening for all higher education institutions committed to advancing interfaith cooperation on campus. Please save the date on July 9-10, 2012 when colleges and universities will come together to celebrate the successes of the inaugural year and to formally launch the second year of the President’s Challenge. To indicate your campus’ interest in the second year of the President’s Challenge and receive more information about the July 9-10 gathering, please fill out this form and submit it to

Interfaith Youth Core – Better Together Awards!

Nominate your campus for a Better Together Award. Your nomination qualifies your campus to win up to $2,500 for the organization of your choice! Here’s how it works:
  • STEP ONE: Complete this SURVEY.

  • STEP TWO: Create a PINBOARD. Toward the end of the survey, you’ll get more information on how to create a Pinterest pinboard, which is required as part of your nomination.

  • STEP THREE: Return to the survey and give us the LINK to your board. Then click submit. Your nomination is complete!
  • STEP FOUR: SHARE your pinboard with as many people as you can. Our awards decisions are influenced in part by the number of likes and repins you get for the photos on your board.

Completed nominations are due by April 23, 2012 at 9:00 am CDT. If you’re not able to complete your nomination all at once, you can save your progress through the link at the bottom of the page, starting with page 2. If you have any questions about completing your nomination, email Rachel at

A couple things to keep in mind:

  • You’re nominating your campus, so get others from your campaign team involved in putting your nomination together and promoting your pinboard.
  • Only campuses who have participated in the Better Together campaign are eligible to win an award. (Haven’t done anything as part of Better Together yet? Sign up and get started!)
  • Campuses may apply to win several awards, but will be awarded only one.
  • We reserve the right to withdraw an award for any reason.

Interfaith Youth Core

Have you run into Eboo Patel’s book Acts of Faith? I was very excited to hear that it is a common reading for many colleges and universities including Franklin College in my home state of Indiana.

Eboo presents a case for interfaith service… if we look at the many world conflicts then we will see a root cause as a difference of religion. Where can we find common ground amongst religions? Service. Service is one thing that religions agree about! Could service be a strategy towards world peace?

Eboo has ignited a student movement for interfaith service called the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC). Check out more details here.

IFYC has also provided leadership for The President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge.