One form of trust that has sparked our imagination is the Community Arts Stabilization Fund of Oakland, California, which combines education and training for cultural and arts nonprofits facing closure with long-term investments, to urgently save as many vital community spaces as possible in the rapidly escalating property market and permanently protect them from the speculative market.
What would it look like to create a similar “emergency stabilization fund” to meet and support sister sites in this critical moment of transition, for example, by offering:
Short-term grants to support sites taking time to engage in multi-year discernment processes, to explore alternatives models and partnerships like the possibilities outlined in this report, as well as traveling workshops and trainings to support this process.
Long-term community land trust grants or investments to permanently remove sites from the speculative market and preserve them as sacred places.
Alliance of Religions and Conservation, formed in 1995 by Prince Philip, works with 11 major faiths to preserve key pilgrimage, ritual, and other sacred sites around the world.
Partners for Sacred Spaces “helps congregations and others with a stake in older religious properties make the most of them as civic assets in ways that benefit people of all faiths and of no faith.”