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There is in all things a hidden wholeness.
Thomas Merton
The Imago Dei Fund provides grants and support to a broad range of organizations working to create a more just world. We seek to partner with inspired change-agents working around the world to transform injustice with passion, faith, human solidarity, innovative ideas, effective programming, a collaborative bent, and a shared vision of a better world.

Areas of concentration fall into the following broad categories:

     










When considering prospective granting partnerships, we consider proposals in light of our specific granting strategies for each of these areas. At the same time, we look through a variety of "lenses" to determine synergy with IDF's values and priorities. No one lens is the sole factor for determining fit; rather, we look for unique overlaps to help discern what is "ours to do" amidst a host of amazing and inspiring opportunities. Lenses include:



Imago Dei

“Imago Dei,” Latin for “the image of God,” has its roots in Genesis 1:27 where "God created humanity in God's own image” to co-create and work God’s purposes in the world.

The “divine image” can be sensed but not seen on both a personal and a cosmic level.  It is the divine spark, the glory of God, that animates each soul and interconnects all of creation in a hidden wholeness: “And God created the heavens and the earth” as a living, organic whole, all things, seen and unseen, in God.

We live in a broken world.  All is not well.  Yet reflections of God’s image continue to shine through the darkness, in the harmony and beauty of our natural world, and in the passion and goodness of the human heart seeking to light a candle in the darkest of places. 

In every generation, God is at work creating and redeeming all things.  Each of us has our part to play, each soul finding its higher purpose and place in the larger whole. Each person bringing out into the world the unique reflection of God  hidden within his or her heart. 

Thy Kingdom come, 
Thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Co-creating a more free, more just, more gender-balanced world.
Peering Under our Collective Burqua: How Do Our Own Religious "Personal Status" Codes Cover and Diminish the Full Humanity of Women?
by Emily Nielsen Jones

March 8th came and went, the 39th observation of International Women's Day, a day set aside to collectively take stock of how the world’s women are doing. The theme for this year--Equality for women is progress for all--captures the spirit of this day to invite and remind us all that the better world we want to create for girls and women is indeed a better world for us all. This blog asks people of faith to hold a mirror up to ourselves to ask if we are in fact part of this “us”...
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Holy Disruptions

Prism Magazine, a publication of Evangelicals for Social Action, is featuring a series on women change agents. read the article 
+ Geographic synergies
+ Inspired individuals
+ Integration of market-based approaches
+ Relationships (overlap with
        IDF partners & networks)
+ Effective strategies
+ Faith
+ Gender
+ Movement building (catalytic or
bridge-building efforts)