The mission of the Building Bridges Program is to advance relationships and increase understanding between Muslim and non-Muslim communities for mutual well-being.
About the Building Bridges Program
Based in New York, the Building Bridges Program is the national grant-making program of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art (DDFIA), an extension of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The mission of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art is to promote the study and understanding of Islamic arts and cultures.
Since 2007, the Building Bridges Program has supported endeavors that engage U.S.-based Muslims and non-Muslims in arts experiences to increase understanding and advance relationships between the communities. The need for this work is clear. Muslims number approximately 1.6 billion people around the world, including about 3.5 million people in the United States — 1 percent of the country’s total population. Yet despite this large, dispersed and diverse worldwide population, studies have shown that U.S. perceptions of them remain narrow. An August 2017 report from Pew Research Center demonstrates that 41 percent of U.S.-based non-Muslim adults believe that Islam encourages more violence than other religions, 44 percent believe there is incompatibility between Islam and democracy, and 25 percent think at least half of U.S. Muslims are anti-American. At the same time, a July 2017 report from Pew Research Center showed that seven out of 10 U.S adults say there is “a lot” of discrimination against Muslims and that half of U.S. adults think coverage of Islam and Muslims by American news organizations is generally unfair (53 percent), compared with 39 percent who think the media is fair. The center also reports that while 75 percent of U.S. based-Muslims say that there is a lot of discrimination against American Muslims and 50 percent believe being Muslim has become harder, nine in 10 from the community remain proud to be American.
The Building Bridges Program aims to address these realities by supporting programs that foster cohesion and well-being in the communities they aim to benefit.
View information about the Building Bridges Program's current open competition at Building Bridges 2018-19 Grants Program.