About Professionals in Christian Philanthropy

PCP’s Mission Statement

A peer learning community of professionals striving to sharpen and encourage one another toward excellence in faith-inspired grant making.

5 Essential Characteristics of PCP

1Relationships

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.

2Safe Environment

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 conversations at events and on our website.

3Faith-inspired

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.

4Practitioners

PCP members are professionals who are hired or entrusted to do the work of making grants. PCP is not open to consultants, board members or others who do not directly work in a grant making capacity, but we look for opportunities to share our learnings with those outside our community.

5Diversity

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

Brian Decker

Madala

Tyler Haar

The Maclellan Foundation

Lonni JacksonChair

Mustard Seed Foundation

Jana Kinsey

David Weekley Family Foundation

Fritz Kling

De Boer Foundation

Chelsea Lernihan

MIGMIR Fund

Steve Mayer

Cornerstone Trust

Cary Paine

Stewardship Foundation

Terese Stevenson

Rees-Jones Foundation

Julie Sulc

The 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.

Membership Criteria

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.

To read more about our membership guidelines and nominating process, check out this short PDF. To contact us regarding membership or any other questions, please see our contact page.