How To Partner Effectively With Faith Based Organizations


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  • How To Partner Effectively With Faith Based Organizations

    1. 1. <ul><li>National Crime Prevention Council </li></ul><ul><li>2006 </li></ul>How To Partner Effectively With Faith-based Organizations
    2. 2. GOALS <ul><li>Review the history of faith-based community initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>Outline the legal guidelines for engaging faith-based organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Survey helpful resources </li></ul>
    3. 3. DEFINITIONS <ul><li>What is the difference between a </li></ul><ul><li>community-based organization </li></ul><ul><li>and a faith-based organization? </li></ul>
    4. 4. Community-based Organizations <ul><li>Most people refer to community organizations as those whose governing structure involves members of the community. </li></ul><ul><li>Some even use the zip codes of board members to determine if an organization is community-based. </li></ul>
    5. 5. Faith-based Organizations <ul><li>Religious congregations (church, mosque, synagogue, temple, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Organizations, programs, or projects operated or sponsored by religious congregations </li></ul><ul><li>Nonprofit organizations that clearly show by their mission statements, policies and/or practices that they are religiously motivated or religiously guided institutions </li></ul>
    6. 6. Faith-based Organizations continued <ul><li>Organizations that, when asked, designate themselves as faith-based or religious </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborations of organizations led by a faith-based or religious organization or half of whose members are from one of those groups </li></ul>
    7. 7. Overview of Faith-based Community Initiatives <ul><li>Work of faith-based organizations not new </li></ul><ul><li>Executive orders </li></ul><ul><li>White House Office for Faith-Based Community Initiatives (FBCI) </li></ul><ul><li>Cabinet-level Faith-based Centers </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose: Level the playing field </li></ul>
    8. 8. FBCI: National Overview <ul><li>The FBCI’s intent is to level the playing field for community organizations (secular and faith-based) to partner with the federal government. </li></ul><ul><li>In January 2001, President George W. Bush signed executive orders requiring five agencies to set up offices to respond to this initiative. In December 2002, he added two more agencies. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The agencies are Labor, Education, Health and Human Services, Justice, Housing and Urban Development, Agriculture, and the Agency for International Development. </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. FBCI: National Overview <ul><li>The administration asked agencies to achieve progress in the following five areas by July 1, 2005. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Barrier removal (state level) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outreach and technical assistance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Metrics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pilots and demonstrations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluation </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Looking at the Legal Guidelines
    12. 12. Legal Dos: What’s Okay? Summary of Legal Analysis <ul><li>Direct financial support from federal agencies to faith-based organizations is permitted for secular activity. </li></ul><ul><li>Indirect support (vouchers, beneficiary choice) is allowed as long as there is a genuine, independent choice among religious and secular options. </li></ul><ul><li>Faith-based organizations are permitted to retain their religious identities. </li></ul>
    13. 13. Legal Dos: What’s Okay? Summary of Legal Analysis <ul><li>Faith-based organizations are generally exempt from employment discrimination based on religion. </li></ul><ul><li>Federal funds can pay for staff time as long as that time is not being used for religious instruction, worship, or proselytizing. </li></ul><ul><li>The services provided must be available to everyone regardless of religion. </li></ul>
    14. 14. Legal Dos: What’s Okay? Helpful Hints for FBOs <ul><li>Separate religious and secular (federally funded) activities by space and/or time. </li></ul><ul><li>Create separate bank accounts for secular activities that have federal or government funding. </li></ul><ul><li>Anticipate how to handle potential conflicts or issues. </li></ul>
    15. 15. Legal Dos and Don’ts: Resources <ul><li>Where to go for more help... </li></ul><ul><li>White House guidelines </li></ul><ul><li>The Roundtable for Religion and Social Welfare Policy </li></ul><ul><li>The Corporation for National and Community Service </li></ul><ul><li>Program director/state commission </li></ul><ul><li>Your own legal counsel </li></ul>
    16. 16. Contributions of FBOs <ul><li>Social capital </li></ul><ul><li>Pro-social impacts </li></ul><ul><li>Role of faith-based organizations in addressing community health and safety problems </li></ul><ul><li>Continuum of focus for services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Members/congregation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community/program services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Humanitarian/national/international </li></ul></ul>
    17. 17. Assets of FBOs <ul><li>Membership and youth groups </li></ul><ul><li>Property and meeting space </li></ul><ul><li>Presence in the community </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer mobilization </li></ul><ul><li>Information dissemination mechanism </li></ul><ul><li>Community leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Social justice/public health/safety advocacy </li></ul>
    18. 18. Five Resiliencies Based on National Longitudinal Survey <ul><li>Significant Adults </li></ul><ul><li>Altruism—Service </li></ul><ul><li>Hope—Faith </li></ul><ul><li>Skills—Positive alternatives </li></ul><ul><li>Locus of Control—Voice/ownership </li></ul>
    19. 19. Ways FBOs Can Help <ul><li>Meeting space </li></ul><ul><li>Communication/Education </li></ul><ul><li>Can be a coalition member </li></ul><ul><li>Sponsor alcohol-free activities for youth </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Consistent messages from pulpit </li></ul><ul><li>Parent training </li></ul><ul><li>Accountability/expectations </li></ul>
    20. 20. Examples of FBO Partnerships <ul><li>Mount Moriah Baptist Church, Brocton, Massachusetts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Prisoner Reentry </li></ul></ul>
    21. 21. Examples of FBO Partnerships <ul><li>Hope Now For Youth, Fresno, California </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Vocational Placement for Gang-Involved Youth </li></ul></ul>
    22. 22. Resources
    23. 23. Resources <ul><li>White House </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>The Roundtable on Religion and Social Welfare Policy </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>The Corporation for National and Community Service </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>National Criminal Justice Reference Service </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    24. 24. Resources <ul><li>Faith and Service Technical Education Network </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Center for Public Justice </li></ul><ul><li>Administration for Children and Families </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    25. 25. Resources <ul><li>List of intermediaries </li></ul><ul><li>Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches (National Council of Churches) </li></ul><ul><li>Federal Funds for Organizations that Help Those in Need (White House) </li></ul><ul><li>Changing Communities through Faith in Action (NCPC) </li></ul><ul><li>Community Service Block Grants </li></ul>
    26. 26. National Crime Prevention Council <ul><li>1000 Connecticut Avenue, NW </li></ul><ul><li>Thirteenth Floor </li></ul><ul><li>Washington, DC 20036 </li></ul><ul><li>202-466-6272 </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    27. 27. Presenter Contact Information