Members of the PCP community share a desire to learn from each other as we strive to steward financial resources for ministry that honors God. We recognize that this is most effectively done when we build trusting relationships.
Our events, both physical and virtual, are places where members gather free from being “pitched” by grant seekers. Membership lists are kept confidential, as are public and private conversations at events and online.
Members are believers in Jesus Christ, who work at both Christian and secular philanthropic institutions, and whose grant making is focused on Christian faith-inspired nonprofit organizations and causes.
PCP members are professionals who are hired or entrusted to do the work of making grants. As a network of peers, PCP is not aimed at those in other related roles in philanthropy, such as consultants, board members, or other staff roles such as administrative, human resource, and finance personnel. But we look for opportunities to share our learnings with those outside our community and to learn from them.
We seek to reflect the larger body of Christ in its diversity. We value gender, racial, ethnic, geographic and theological (within Christian orthodoxy) diversity in our membership.
Current PCP Steering Committee
Tyler HaarThe Maclellan Foundation
Lonni JacksonChairMustard Seed Foundation
Jana KinseyDavid Weekley Family Foundation
Chelsea LernihanMIGMIR Fund
Steve MayerCornerstone Trust
Cary PaineStewardship Foundation
Terese StevensonRees-Jones Foundation
Julie SulcThe Pew Charitable Trusts
History of Professionals in Christian Philanthropy
In the early 1980s, several Christian foundations across the United States began increasing their staff numbers.
Among these were the Buford, Morris, Day, Stewardship, Maclellan, and Fieldstead & Company foundations and organizations. At that time, one of the only resources available for new staff to learn the grantmaking business was the Council on Foundations. Although Council on Foundations succeeded in providing general knowledge of the industry, its perspective was almost entirely secular. Thus, members of these Christian foundations began meeting together, first in Atlanta and then in Washington, D.C., to learn from one another about grantmaking from a faith-based perspective.
We have three simple criteria that we ask each member to affirm. In brief, these are that each member: believes in Jesus Christ; is a practitioner working in a grant-making role; makes grants to Christian faith-inspired organizations or causes.