Lake Institute on Faith & Giving

Exploring the faith & giving connection

Lake Institute on Faith & Giving fosters a deeper understanding of the dynamic relationship between faith and giving, through research, education, and public conversation. We serve as a bridge between the academy and faith-based organizations or networks, and actively share information and insights in both directions.

We conduct and encourage research on faith and giving, shaped by insight from practitioners. We translate research findings into educational programs, resources, and events for practitioners; and we convene key partners and influencers to help move forward public understanding about the nature and importance of faith and giving. We work within and among faith traditions, seeking to reflect and support the diversity of religious expression in the American context.

The Lake Institute also produces Insights, a bi-weekly e-newsletter for the religious community and fundraisers of faith-based organizations.

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Educational opportunities

The Lake Institute offers an executive certificate in religious fundraising, seminars for congregational teams, and opportunities for custom webinars, conferences, and more.

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Articles and resources

The Lake Institute creates original content to support leaders of religious organizations. Our Resource Library brings together material from our archives and the wide landscape of faith and giving today.

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Public programming

We host two annual public programs—the Thomas H. Lake Lecture and the Lake Distinguished Visitor Program—and sometimes partner with other organizations to present special events. 

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Lake Institute conducts research and utilizes the great work that’s also being done in the field. We translate this research into practical tools and strategies that we explore in our educational offerings.

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