Faith-based organizations of all faiths play a unique role in society, making distinctive contributions that shape their communities and benefit the people they serve. Government has a responsibility to honor those distinctive contributions by making space for their flourishing, and also, when appropriate, by partnering for the delivery of services.
Leaders of Faith-Based Organizations and Houses of Worship
Resources for Leaders of Faith-Based Organizations and Houses of Worship
Faith-Based Organization Best Practices
The Center for Public Justice provides resources for best practices for leaders of faith-based organizations through CPJ’s Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance, CPJ’s Equipping Ministries Fellowship learning cohorts, and CPJ’s partnership with Standards for Excellence ®.
For access to all resources for leaders of faith-based organizations and houses of worship, click on the link below.
Faith-Based Organizations and Public Policy
CPJ’s Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance works to protect the religious freedom of faith-based organizations of every faith.
Inspired by the principled pluralist vision and rooted in Christian teachings, IRFA member-organizations affirm that public policies must protect the broad freedom of civil society organizations and must treat equitably individuals and organizations of every faith and secular conviction, consistent with the common good.
Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance
Equipping Ministries Fellowship
Standards for Excellence®
Standards for Excellence Institute®
CPJ is a licensed replication partner with the Standards for Excellence Institute ®. The foundation of the Standards for Excellence® program is the published Standards for Excellence®: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector. It identifies 6 major areas of nonprofit governance and management which contain 27 different topic areas. Each topic area includes specific benchmarks and measures that provide a structured approach to building capacity, accountability, and sustainability in your organization.
The goals for the Standards for Excellence program are to strengthen nonprofits and improve the public’s trust of nonprofit organizations. CPJ’s partnership with Standards for Excellence helps provide the best possible resources to help build the capacity of nonprofits to effectively and efficiently meet the needs of their communities.
Equipping Ministries Fellowship
The Equipping Ministries Fellowship is a cohort-based learning program for Hispanic-led ministries that brings together believers who know that the Body of Christ can take practical steps to do justice and be light in their communities. The Equipping Ministries Fellowship helps participating ministry leaders discover how to use the tools they already have and gain key knowledge that increases their impact in their families, congregations, and communities.
Young adults, particularly those aged 18 to 25, face unique challenges within the criminal justice system, often overlooked in policymaking due to their age. The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s “Thrive by 25” initiative aims to change that by focusing on strengthening communities for children and youth transitioning into adulthood.
In a nation grappling with the consequences of the decades-old “war on drugs,” a startling reality emerges: youth with substance use disorders (SUDs) are caught in a cycle of addiction, crime, and incarceration. The justice system, ill-equipped for rehabilitation, perpetuates this cycle, with SUD sufferers four times more likely to reoffend upon release.
What this cautionary tale of separate and unequal education ought to teach us is that without careful forethought and attention, parents and schools can knowingly (or unknowingly) foment education inequities. However, when carefully crafted public policy includes a call for a pluralistic education system that is grounded in the diversity found within the American public, and also importantly, in freedom of conscience, school choice policies can provide better education options for every child.