The Veritas Forum

Pursuing Truth Together

aka The Veritas Forum   |   Cambridge, MA   |  www.veritas.org

Mission

Where does morality come from? Isn't science rapidly approaching a complete explanation of nature? Do you ever have doubts about your views? College students around the world are asking themselves and their friends these questions, but there is often no real place to explore these questions alongside brilliant faculty and leading thinkers, religious and non-religious. The Veritas Forum exists to change that landscape. We host university events that engage students and faculty in discussions about life's hardest questions and the relevance of Jesus Christ to all of life. "We" refers to the hundreds of university community members who desire to host, plan, and coordinate a Veritas Forum on their local campuses, and the headquarter team in Cambridge, MA, with regional staff across North America and Europe.

Ruling year info

2007

Executive Director

Andrew Schuman

Main address

PO Box 380807

Cambridge, MA 02238 USA

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EIN

20-5616941

NTEE code info

Undergraduate College (4-year) (B42)

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Our programs

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Veritas Forums

Large-scale university events that place historic Christian faith in dialogue with other worldviews and invite all participants to pursue truth together.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Academics

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability 2006

Our results

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Number of people who participated in a Veritas Forum

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Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of student-led Christian thought journals

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Holding steady

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Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Veritas Forum helps university students and faculty ask life's hardest questions. Many of the world's leading universities were founded to answer the big "why" questions. Our mission is to help them wrestle with these questions anew. The first Veritas Forum was planned by students, faculty, and chaplains at Harvard University in 1992. Since then, over 200 universities in North America and Europe have hosted over 2,000 Forums.

The Veritas Forum is committed to courageous conversations. We place the historic Christian faith in dialogue with other beliefs and invite participants from all backgrounds to pursue Truth together.

We pursue our vision for universities via three mutually reinforcing program areas: Campus Engagement, People Formation, and Digital Media.

Campus Engagement
Through two key programs, students, faculty, and campus ministers foster dialogue about
life’s big questions on campus and invite participants from all religious backgrounds to
pursue truth together.

FORUMS. In the United States, Europe, and Asia, Veritas partners with campus groups and thought leaders to share the relevance of Christianity to the big questions of life.

STUDENT PUBLICATIONS. The Augustine Collective, a program of The Veritas Forum, is a network of student-led Christian journals that articulate Christian perspectives in the academic community and help to carry on the conversations initiated by Forums.

People Formation
Through two flagship programs, we gather cohorts of students for coaching, mentorship, and training on how to hone their public voices. Our vision is to connect and equip the next generation of thoughtful Christian voices for the academy and public square.

STUDENT CONFERENCE. This annual gathering brings together student writers, editors, and designers from campuses across the nation for a weekend of training and mentoring.

SUMMER WRITING INSTITUTE. Selected student writers gather annually for a week of intellectual formation and skill development. With coaching, students produce essays to be submitted to both campus and national outlets.

Digital Media
Veritas media aims to be a premier online community that re-enchants the young, intellectually curious with the beauty and breadth of the Christian Story.

PODCASTS. Veritas operates two podcasts, one of which shares our best Forum content for a broader audience, and the other, Beyond the Forum, (launched in 2021) interviews in more depth the speakers who participate in Veritas Forums.

SOCIAL MEDIA / YOUTUBE. In the world of new media, students are highly engaged in networks and communities that collaborate on, mix, and spread content. As a result, our media efforts focus on creating content that is timely, trusted, generous, and delightful. Currently, Veritas has media presence on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

How we listen

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Financials

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The Veritas Forum

Board of directors
as of 8/4/2021
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Board chair

Ben Chelf

Andrea McDaniel Smith

Carter Baldwin

Annie Tsai

Tunghai University

Cullen Buie

MIT

Grace Chiang Nicolette

Center for Effective Philanthropy

Ken Miller

Claremont McKenna College

Mark Campisano

Pacific Life

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    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

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