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FY2014 Update: US Faith-based NGOs raise over $6 billion in revenue, of which 87% is from private sources and 13% from public sources in FY2014

February 26, 2016


Faith-based NGOs are known to contribute substantial resources—financial, technical, human, and in-kind—to poverty alleviation, health care provision, and relief of suffering through international development activities and humanitarian assistance. It is critical to understand the necessary, complementary, and unique roles of public and private funding, the massive contribution of private resources secured through faith based entities, and the leveraging of public investment by private resources by those faith-based NGOs who receive public funding.

Though quantifying these resources and their sources remains challenging, one publicly available source of data on revenues and expenditures is the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) annual filings required of tax-exempt Non- Governmental Organizations (NGOs). This report is based on research that uses publicly available IRS 990 forms to quantify the private and public revenues and expenditures of US faith-based NGOs.

Report: Sources of Revenue and International Expenditures of US faith-based NGOs, FY2011-14

Summary data on US Faith-based NGOs for FY2011-FY2014 may be found below:

Please contact Jean Duff at JeanDuff@pfaithdev.org with further inquiries


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World Humanitarian Summit Secretariat will host Special Event on Religion & Humanitarian Action

October 28, 2015


World Humanitarian Summit: Special Event on Religion & Humanitarian Action

May 23-­24, 2016,
Istanbul, Turkey

A Special Event on the role of Religion & Humanitarian Action will be convened during the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS). The Special Event is being managed by the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on Engagement with Faith-based Organizations. An Advisory Body of Faith-based Organizations, including Partnership for Faith & Development’s Jean Duff, has been convened to provide additional guidance.


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Join in support of the fast track agenda in Eastern and Southern Africa

October 12, 2015


A meeting of religious leaders and champions from 18 Eastern and Southern African countries gathered in early September to consider the potential impact of “Fast-Track: Ending the AIDS Epidemic by 2030″ in the region. With leadership from EAA participating organization, INERELA+, the conference issued a call to action, which is now open for expressions of support by other religious leaders, faith-based organizations, and advocates. The statement – text below – calls all sectors to be accountable for action and sufficient resourcing, and makes commitments particularly in the areas of testing, prevention, treatment within an affirmation of human dignity.

Support the call by signing on at https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/religious-leaders-call-fast-track-agenda

The full text is as follows:

A call to action by Religious Leaders and champions in support of the fast track agenda towards ending the AIDS epidemic in Eastern and Southern Africa

We, the religious leaders and champions from 18 Eastern and Southern Africa countries gathered at the Kundunchi Beach Hotel in Dar-es-Salam, Tanzania on the 2nd to the 4th of September 2015. We met to deliberate on the fast track agenda for accelerated implementation of the response to the AIDS epidemic. We acknowledge that:

  • We are endowed with social capital in our communities;
  • We have a responsibility to uphold human dignity and protect life;
  • People look to us for love, compassion acceptance and holistic support;

We acknowledge that important strides have been made to address the HIV epidemic; there has been a significant reduction of new HIV infections in most countries; substantial increase in the numbers of people who know their HIV status; an increase in access to HIV treatment and in domestic financing for the HIV response. However, we are concerned that the region continues to bear a high HIV burden particularly among young girls and women. Key populations have not been fully integrated within our faith sector response. Sexual and gender based violence continue to affect families. Inequality persists in access to treatment especially for children. And too many people living with HIV continue to experience stigma and discrimination.

We fully support the fast track targets and commit to advocate for robust action and sustained funding for the HIV response and actively participate in implementing targeted and effective programmes. We will partner with our governments to implement the fast track agenda. We will hold ourselves, our governments and development partners accountable to invest in expanded access to HIV testing and ART for all in need. We will mobilize our religious communities to take up voluntary HIV testing and help people stay on treatment. We will support through our health networks national efforts to scale up of HIV prevention and treatment services including SRHR services. We further commit to implement proven intervention in support to those who are HIV negative, comprehensive sexuality education and SRH services.

We affirm that all human beings are equal before God and should be treated with dignity and respect regardless of age, gender and sexual orientation. We commit to engage all stakeholders at local, national, regional and global levels to address stigma and discrimination and scale up programs, resources and strategies to attain the fast track targets. We will take action to address misinterpretation of religion, culture and sacred texts that hinder the HIV response

We call upon all faith based organisations, religious and traditional leaders, civil society organisations, United Nation System, all government agencies and regional economic entities to implement the fast track agenda on HIV and AIDS in order to attain 90-90-90 targets by 2020. We believe that these are the necessary steps needed to create a transformative society, achieve zero new HIV infections and zero stigma and are essential for sustainability.

Support the call by signing on at https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/religious-leaders-call-fast-track-agenda


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Joint “Faith-based Action Framework” announced on September 24

September 29, 2015


The Faith-based Action Framework to End Extreme Poverty and Realize the SDGs was announced on September 24 at the “Meeting the Moral Imperative to End Extreme Poverty and Advance the SDGs” in New York City.

This joint output builds upon the momentum generated by several multi-sectoral initiatives to increase faith engagement in ending extreme poverty and realizing the SDGs, including the Moral Imperative Initiative, the Donor-UN-FBO (DUF) Collaboration, and the Religion & Sustainable Development conference.

The meeting is co-hosted by numerous faith-based and religious organizations and partners, including the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities, and is co-sponsored by the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on Religion & Development and the World Bank Group.

Three Commitments: Evidence, Collaboration, and Advocacy
The Framework focuses on three core commitments for action:

  1. The commitment to generate and be guided by evidence
  2. The commitment to advocate by engaging the moral authority of religious leaders and their substantial constituencies
  3. The commitment to foster more effective collaboration between religious and other development actors, including governments, the World Bank Group, the United Nations, and the private sector.

The Framework is a working document that will be discussed and refined during a strategy session of FBO and religious leaders on the 24 September just prior to a High Level Event. In this session, religious leaders will share the Framework with UN, World Bank Group and government officials.

More details on the Framework are available online: http://jliflc.com/?p=33278

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Faiths launch far-reaching action plans to help the world’s poorest people

September 9, 2015


Bristol, UK–Faith leaders have pledged far reaching practical action over the next 10 years to help the world’s poorest people at a meeting with senior UN officials in Bristol, UK, to discuss the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The action plans, called the Bristol Commitments, were presented to Paul Ladd, Director of the United Nations Development Programme’s Post-2015 Team, at the two-day Faith in the Future meeting, which finishes today. They include pledges to develop micro credit schemes for the poor, increase access to education, plant trees, invest in clean energy and green pilgrimage.

The faith leaders, who represent 24 faith traditions from around the world, also declared they would do all they could to support the new SDGs, aimed at lifting millions of people out of poverty and creating a more sustainable planet.

The 17 goals will set the direction of development work worldwide for the next 15 years and will be adopted by the UN Member States during the Sustainable Development Summit on September 25 in New York. They replace the Millennium Development Goals.

The two-day Bristol UN Faiths Meeting, which finishes today, is co-hosted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the UK-based Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC).

ARC Secretary General Martin Palmer said sustainable development was not a new idea to the faiths: “They have been working on many aspects of the SDGs for centuries, whether that’s feeding millions of people, caring for them through schools, managing the land, or simply seeking to be a compassionate presence in a world that for many is extraordinarily tough.

“For the faiths it is very important that our contribution has been recognised, we are being asked to help and we are also being challenged to live up to our own words. The UN and national governments should know that we will work with you to deliver these goals.”

UNDP Director Paul Ladd added: “More than 80 percent of the world’s people express a religious affiliation.  Knowing this, it becomes clear that the UN needs to work closely with faith communities over the next 15 years if the new Global Goals for Sustainable Development are to be achieved.”

More information:  Susie Weldon, ARC (susie.weldon@arcworld.org, + 44 (0)797 0466 830) or Antje Watermann, UNDP (antje.watermann@undp.org, +1 646 417 2793)


Additional related reading from the Economist: http://www.economist.com/blogs/erasmus/2015/09/un-religion-and-development-0

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‘Religion & Sustainable Development: Building Partnerships to End Extreme Poverty’ Conference held at the World Bank Headquarters

May 2, 2015


Approximately 140 leaders from diverse international policy, religious, and faith-inspired groups convened at the “Religion & Sustainable Development: Building Partnerships to End Extreme Poverty” conference on July 7-9 at the World Bank Headquarters, beginning with an event on July 7 to launch the Lancet Series on Faith and Health. The conference facilitated a high level, action-oriented conversation about what works and what does not when it comes to engaging faith assets.

The conference was co-hosted by the World Bank Group, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), World Vision, GHR Foundation, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in collaboration with the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities (JLIF&LC) and others. Jean Duff, President of the Partnership for Faith & Development, serves as Coordinator of the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities and assisted in coordinating the event. In attendance were senior international development policy makers, leaders of faith groups, academics, and other experts to focus on practical aspects of partnership between public sector and faith groups. In particular, leaders of the co-hosting agencies will be attending and speaking at the conference.

The conference connected international development policy makers to knowledge, experience, research, methods and expert relationships to support more effective partnerships with religious and faith-inspired groups in the common cause of ending extreme poverty and promoting sustainable development. Specific recommendations for action to strengthen effective partnerships were developed through the conference process.

The conference produced the following outcomes:

  1. Frontline policy makers were better connected to knowledge, experience, research, methods and expert relationships to support more effective partnerships with faith groups in the common cause of ending extreme poverty and promoting sustainable development
  2. Specific recommendations for action were developed to strengthen effective partnerships between religious and faith-inspired groups and public sector
  3. Leadership commitments to follow-on activities specific next steps on recommended actions, and ongoing information exchange and working meetings

Conference working sessions focused on Health Systems Strengthening, Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Relief, Ebola & HIV, Sexual & Gender-based Violence, Religion and Politics, and Large Scale Engagement of FBOs for Development.

For more information, please visit: www.jliflc.com/RSDconference

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International Consultation on Religion and Development

December 14, 2014


From December 15-18 the international organization Brot fur die Welt, a Protestant Development Service geared towards empowering the poor and marginalized in more than 90 countries to improve their living conditions, hosted an International Consultation on Religion and Development in Berlin, Germany. The conference focused on the partnering and relevance of religion in development from a variety of perspectives, and discussing the interface between religion and development in civil society and governing bodies.

Members of the International Consultation on Religion and Development being addressed by Minister of State Hans Joachim Fuchtel at the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development , December 16, 2014
Members of the International Consultation on Religion and Development being addressed by Minister of State Hans Joachim Fuchtel at the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development , December 16, 2014

International speakers presented on the effect of religion and development in relation to ever-important topics such as Environmental Sustainability, Peace and Conflict Solution, Gender, and Education. Collaborative efforts were made to create new proposals for concrete projects to advance the efficacy of religion’s role in development projects.

Read more about the International Consultation on Religion and Development’s topics here.

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World faith leaders to take historic initiative to eradicate modern slavery

December 8, 2014


An unprecedented gathering of religious leaders from all corners of the globe took place in the Vatican last Tuesday for the signing of the Joint Declaration of Religious Leaders against Modern Slavery, pledging to eradicate modern slavery by 2020. The signing marks the beginning of a five-year push in churches, mosques, synagogues and temples across the world to send a message that slavery is forbidden by God – every God.

1417539741640Pope Francis (front 3rd R) with religious leaders during a meeting at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences at the Vatican December 2, 2014

Pope Francis joined Anglican, Orthodox, Jewish, Shia and Sunni Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist representatives in the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, together with two young trafficking victims from Mexico and Ghana. These faith leaders were brought together by the Global Freedom Network (GFN), a faith-based network with a vision and purpose to eradicate modern slavery and human trafficking globally. The Vatican launched GFN in March with signatories from Casina Pio IV, Lambeth Palace, Al Azhar Mosque and Walk Free Foundation. GFN has now invited religious leaders of  all faiths and nations to add their names to this declaration.

This gathering of religious leaders in the Vatican today represents around 90 percent of the world’s population and the declaration they signed commits their communities to working together for the freedom of all people and an end to this lucrative trade in human life.

Listen to the discussion held at the Vatican at here, and read more about attendees and gathering here.

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Faith mobilization for Climate Justice: a note from UNGA September 25th 2014

September 26, 2014


Click here to read more about the faith community’s role in climate justice and participation during the Climate Summit 2014 at the UN General Assembly, September 2014.

Please contact Jean Duff at jeanduff@partnershipforfaithanddevelopment.com with further inquiries

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New Dialogue Initiative for Religious Leaders and People Living with HIV

August 22, 2013


Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance, The Global Network of People Living with AIDS, the International Network of People Living with or Affected by HIV and UNAIDs has launched a strategic initiative to strengthen collaboration between religious leaders and people living with HIV. This new Framework provides a way for systematic and sustained collaboration to boost the capacity of each stakeholder in responding to HIV, as well as forging or strengthening active partnerships for new and more effective approaches to treatment, prevention, care and support.

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