February 15, 2024

Dominican Sisters: Committed to Truth, Compelled to Justice


Founded in 1862 in Racine, the Sisters of St. Dominic of St. Catherine of Siena–now known as the Racine Dominicans–have been steadfast in their commitment to truth and justice. This community of Catholic sisters and lay associates embodies their values through various avenues including education, ministry, spiritual guidance, health care, and social outreach. Their members wear many hats, serving in roles such as social workers, spiritual directors, musicians, researchers, college professors, writers, and more.

A Dedicated Mission

At the heart of their mission lies a dedication to social justice, evident in their sponsored ministries and the Justice and Rights Commission. It’s with immense pride that FCI acknowledges its enduring partnership with this esteemed community leader and advocate. The Racine Dominicans are committed to their discerning vision of the future through prayer, courageous conversation, collaboration, and action.

A Granting Opportunity

Together, we are introducing the Racine Dominicans Mission Grants, a program that offers $500,000 in grants to non-profit organizations focusing on Wisconsin-based projects addressing critical issues in the realms of:

Immigration and Migration – Projects that will help provide services to directly support and assist the immigrant or migrant population.
Affordable Home Ownership Solutions – Projects or programs that will increase individual ownership and/or help provide pathways to ownership amongst disadvantaged persons and families.
Climate Equity – Environmental projects that mitigate damage to air, water, and soil and serve disadvantaged populations who are typically challenged with accessing similar services or support.

Eligibility and Criteria

The grants are open to 501(c)(3) organizations, or projects fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) organization, with particular consideration given to projects that meet the following criteria:

  • Serves an unmet or under-met need
  • Actively collaborates with other organizations or municipal partners to amplify impact
  • Works to address racial equity within the scope of the project
  • Includes of an educational component to raise awareness
  • Advocates for systemic change and long-term impact

A project’s proximity to Racine will also be a factor in the grant program’s award process.
In addition, applicants must be able to provide evidence of their organization’s solvency, ability to carry out its mission, and capacity to deploy funding to execute the project within a reasonable timeframe of 12-18 months.
Applications are now being accepted until March 30, 2024. If your project resonates with our shared values of equity, community development, and social impact, we encourage you to apply: https://bit.ly/3tZP0uF

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