Beck Institute on Religion and Poverty

The Bertram M. Beck Institute on Religion and Poverty is an ecumenical institute that partners with New York City interfaith religious and lay leaders who are moved to alleviate poverty in our affluent society. It is committed to preparing leaders who promote social justice and serve the poor. Founded in 1999 and based at Fordham University's Graduate School of Social Service (GSS), the Beck Institute promotes interdisciplinary collaboration across University departments and with the broader community.

The Beck Institute seeks to:

  • Build bridges toward a just, equitable and compassionate society.
  • Promote and support the rich traditions of the faith community's response to the poor.
  • Develop faith-based leaders committed to work for social justice and those affected by poverty.
  • Act as a catalyst influencing the direction of scholarship and professional study concerning issues of social justice and poverty.
  • Work with the University and the Graduate School of Social Service in collaboration with the faith community in service with and for the poor of New York City and State.
  • Sponsor research, conferences, seminars, and courses to foster mutual learning across university, religious congregations and community groups.