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Pillars Fund Named One of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Nonprofits

Posted By Pillars Fund  /   March 9, 2021

We are thrilled to share that Pillars Fund has been named number seven on Fast Company’s Most Innovative Not-for-Profit Organizations list of 2021!

First and foremost, this honor is a reflection of our community: the incredible work of our visionary grantees and fellows, the generous support of our trustees and partners, and the dedication of our staff. Thank you to all who make up this incredible community and work every day to build a more beautiful world.

It is encouraging for us to see Fast Company recognize an organization for and led by Muslims. Since the earliest days of our country’s history, Muslims have played a critical role in movements for justice. We are honored to work with organizations and leaders who are carrying this tradition.

“Our work at Pillars builds upon the legacy of generations who have paved the way for Muslim communities in the U.S. today,” says Kashif Shaikh, our co-founder and president. “This award is a testament to them and the courageous work of our grantees, trustees, fellows, and partners. We are excited to keep building, together.”

For more than a decade, Pillars has invested in Muslim-led initiatives across the country committed to creating a more just society for us all. We look forward to building upon this foundation as we continue to invest in organizations that are reimagining public safety, uplifting mental health, and building civic power. Our work is also expanding in new, exciting directions, including culture change programming that amplifies Muslim stories and artists. Later this year, we will unveil a brand-new artist fellowship that we hope will accelerate the career trajectories ​of ​emerging Muslim ​talent.

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