2018 • 2 years • Journalism & Media
Since its founding in 2010, the Pillars Fund has been a leading voice for the American Muslim community. Initially founded as a donor advised giving circle, Pillars has grown into a leading philanthropic and advocacy organization that ensures American Muslim stories and voices are seen and heard. Grant funds are being used to launch a new initiative at Pillars designed to equip members of its diverse community to tell their own stories, lift up a range of perspectives within Muslim-American communities across the country, and shed light on often under-represented or misunderstood issues related to the Muslim- American experience. MacArthur support is helping to move Pillars beyond its initial scope of providing funding to community-based organizations to become a go-to source for information and expertise about Muslim Americans. The initiative's goal is to engage the millions of American Muslims across the country in media making efforts designed to push back against negative stereotypes and recast public narratives and perceptions about their contributions to American society and democracy.