support the center

130904_sjh_religion_politics_conference_053The John C. Danforth Center on Religion & Politics appreciates and depends upon the generosity of individuals, corporations, and foundations.  The Center, a non-profit, non-partisan organization, is an integral part of Washington University; however, we are responsible for our own financial support.  Your gift will allow us to undertake new initiatives, attract world-renowned faculty to the Center, and provide extraordinary opportunities for studying the intersections of religion and U.S. politics both historically and in the present moment.

Opportunities for Involvement

The generous founding gift made by the Danforth Foundation has enabled us to create an academic community poised to make a substantial difference in this field.  In the coming years, we hope to add to our initial offerings with the following:


  • Endowed Professorships: In seeking to expand our scholarly community, we hope to establish new professorships, with specialties in American Catholicism, in Islam in the U.S., and in the study of religion and constitutional law.
  • A Scholars-In-Residence Program: We look forward to enabling scholars from other universities to spend a year at the John C. Danforth Center on Religion & Politics, working on their scholarship, delivering a public lecture, and teaching our students.
  • Undergraduate Fellowships: We seek to encourage research on religion and politics among Washington University undergraduates, and welcome them into our community of schools.
  • Graduate Fellowships: We plan to encourage scholarship in religion and politics among Washington University graduate students in the Arts & Sciences and across the professional schools.
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships: We are committed to supporting the completion of book projects on religion and politics by newly minted Ph.D’s, who will spend two years at Washington University in St. Louis.

How To Contribute

IMG_0870Gifts to the Center are tax deductible and there are many ways to invest in our activities. Make a gift now Or you can mail your contribution to: Marie Griffith, Director John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics Washington University One Brookings Drive Campus Box 1066 St. Louis, MO 63130-4899 Please make your check payable to Washington University and write, “For the Danforth Center on Religion & Politics” in the memo line.  If you have questions, please call us at 314-935-9345 and ask for Marie Griffith, the Center’s Director.