Who We Are
The Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO), founded in 1998, is a broad-based organization that works for the public good by coalescing, training, and organizing people across religious, racial, ethnic, class, and neighborhood lines. Membership consists of 41 congregations in Greater Boston representing more than 50,000 individuals. GBIO organizes people and institutions at neighborhood, city, and state levels.
By engaging thousands of people in identifying important problems and using proven organizing methods to engage and develop leaders, GBIO has built and demonstrated collective strength to achieve a wide variety of goals. As times change, so, too, do the issues GBIO selects.
“We are non-ideological and pragmatic—building working relationships, based on shared interests,
across many of the lines that divide individuals and institutions.
We are also strictly non-partisan.”
GBIO is affiliated with the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), the nation’s first and largest network of multi-faith citizen organizations. Today, the IAF is made up of 65 organizations working in cities and metropolitan areas across the country and internationally, on issues ranging from health care to education to housing.
GBIO is proud to be part of Metro IAF, a branch of the IAF that focuses on building power in cities in the Eastern United States. Those organizations have secured the construction of thousands of units of affordable housing, pioneered work on health care reform, transformed dilapidated and underperforming urban area schools, and gained a whole host of other victories.