Pima County Interfaith actually began in the early 80's as a group of religious and civic leaders across Pima County. (Read full story)
They set out to build a broad-based community organization that would create change at a grassroots level. They chose to use a community organizing model taught by the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF). Founded in 1990 as a 501(c)4 organization, the Pima County Interfaith Council (PCIC), has enjoyed a long & successful history of building relational power across greater Tucson. In 2015, Pima County Interfaith Civic Education Organization (PCICEO) was launched. A registered 501(c)3 non-profit, PCICEO continues to build for community change-- and has expanded into Santa Cruz and Cochise counties by establishing a new affiliate, Southern Arizona Interfaith (SAI).
These and many other initiatives around health, the environment, immigration, housing, and active participation in the political process are the organization’s legacy for its first two decades of existence: