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Our Story

In February, 2020, IFYC's Founder and President Eboo Patel issued a challenge to the Charlotte community: "The time is ripe to come together across religious divides to build a stronger Charlotte." (Click here to watch the full address.) Then came Covid--and along with it, increasing needs in critical areas such as food and education. Thanks to a grant from The Gambrell Foundation, Bridge Builders Charlotte took up Patel's challenge to leverage the inspiration and resources of our religious communities to serve the common good. Our network of partnerships among area campuses, non-profit organizations, and faith or philosophical communities is building bridges of understanding and cooperation that will help us emerge from the pandemic better equipped to deploy interfaith engagement as a catalyst for social change.