Using the Foundation’s Making Connections six core results as a framework, the document provides descriptions of nine smaller faith-based organizations’ efforts to improve the economic well-being of families within their communities. The report focuses on key aspects of providing services, such as how the faith-based organization identified community needs, developed effective partnerships and leveraged resources and relationships. Also included are tips for organizations that want to support similar efforts. This report has a companion At-A-Glance summary as a separate title.
Almost all of the faith-based organizations featured in the document provided just a few of the range of services important to improving family outcomes. They focused on one or two services important to them and used the program(s) to benefit families in their community.
Supporting Community-Wide Improvements
Some of the faith-based organizations featured in the document were involved in larger community improvement efforts, particularly those that had a direct benefit to their members. These included safety campaigns, civic involvement and community infrastructure improvements.
Strategically Forming Partnerships
Some of the faith-based organizations featured in the document saw the benefit of partnering with local government, community organizations and national organizations to achieve their goals. Strategic partnerships helped faith-based organizations expand their programs and fund services.
Statements & Quotations
Faith-based organizations face challenges in sustaining their social service initiatives like limited funding, staff retention and difficulty in removing systemic barriers…. Despite these challenges, opportunities abound for faith-based organizations to transform their communities.
Pastors indicate that service and civic engagement are essential to their ministries and that most congregation members are responsive when asked to take part in social service ministries. Many congregation members make long-term voluntary commitments, serving as the backbone of their church’s social service ministries.