Community Improvement, Capacity Building

PARTNERS FOR SACRED PLACES INC

  • Philadelphia, PA
  • www.sacredplaces.org

Mission Statement

Partners for Sacred Places is the only national, non-sectarian organization devoted to helping congregations and communities embrace, care for, and make good use of their older and historic religious properties.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Arts in Sacred Places
  3. Making Homes in Sacred Places
  4. Capital Campaign Consulting
  5. New Dollars/New Partners
  6. Research & Policy
  7. Strategic Investment in Sacred Places
  8. Asset-Based Consulting
Service Areas

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National

Partners national office is located in Philadelphia, PA, and the organization also maintains regional offices in Chicago, IL, and Fort Worth, TX. While much of our work originates in those regions, we work on projects through the country, with a particular focus in New England, the Midwest, and the West Coast.

ruling year

1989

President

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Mr. A. Robert Jaeger

Executive Vice President

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Tuomi Forrest

Keywords

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sacred places, preservation, historic preservation, community development, churches, synagogues

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EIN

23-2560361

 Number

4914646499

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Management & Technical Assistance (S02)

Management & Technical Assistance (X02)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Program 1

Partners' programs are designed to sustain and promote the central role of sacred places in communities across the country: The Philadelphia Regional Fund for Sacred Places is grant program initiated by Partners for Sacred Places with funding from the William Penn Foundation. The Fund is unique in the region and the largest of its kind in the nation. With adequate financial support over the next five years, 10 grants per year (in the range of $50,000 - $150,0000) will fund urgently required repair projects on community-serving and architecturally significant historic houses of worship in the five-county southeastern Pennsylvania region. New Dollars/New Partners for Your Sacred Place is a groundbreaking new training program that gives congregations with older building a range of skills and resources to guide them in determining their public value, assessing building conditions, interpreting congregational history, developing new partnerships and making a case for capital support to prospective partners and funders in the larger community. Overall, the program assists them with broadening their bases of support for sacred places and the programs they house. Your Sacred Place Is A Community Asset: A Tool Kit To Attract New Resources and Partners is a set of workbooks, case studies, historic timelines, audio and videotapes, and a web-based program. This resource can be utilized by congregations to more effectively tell their stories of community service and to identify new partners and resources to sustain vital outreach programs while caring for aging buildings. The Professional Alliance membership is aimed at for-profit firms that specialize in some aspect of the restoration of historic religious properites. Through membership in the Professional Alliance, Partners is able to give visibility to such firms in its quarterly newsletter and on its webpage. The Information Clearinghouse is a unique national resource that provides critical information on a broad range of topics related to the care and use of older sacred places. It currently houses over 8,000 books, articles, reports, brochures, case study examples and video and audiotapes in 250 subject categories. An online version is available on Partners' website at www.sacredplaces.org/information_clearinghouse.html.

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Making Homes in Sacred Places

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National

Partners national office is located in Philadelphia, PA, and the organization also maintains regional offices in Chicago, IL, and Fort Worth, TX. While much of our work originates in those regions, we work on projects through the country, with a particular focus in New England, the Midwest, and the West Coast.

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PARTNERS FOR SACRED PLACES INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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President

Mr. A. Robert Jaeger

Executive Vice President

Tuomi Forrest

BIO

A. Robert Jaeger co-founded Partners for Sacred Places in 1989. Previously, Bob worked with the Philadelphia Historic Preservation Corporation as Senior Vice President for the Historic Religious Properties Program. He is the co-author of Sacred Places at Risk (1998) and Strategies for Stewardship and Active Use of Older and Historic Religious Properties (1996), author of Sacred Places in Transition (1994), and editor (from 1985 to 1989) of Inspired, a bi-monthly magazine with news and technical articles on religious property preservation. Bob holds a master's degree in preservation planning from Cornell University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

STATEMENT FROM THE President

"Partners for Sacred Places, founded in 1989, is the only national, non-sectarian, nonprofit organization focused on building the capacity of congregations of historic sacred places to better serve their communities as anchor institutions, nurturing transformation, and shaping vibrant, creative communities.

Across America, many places of worship suffer from declining attendance, constrained resources, and the burdens of aging, under-maintained, and over-scaled places of worship. Congregations of nearly every faith face challenges of unanticipated magnitude. Once an object of civic pride, these historic sacred places now pose a serious challenge to many denominations and congregations.

Twenty-seven years ago, Partners for Sacred Placed, a non-sectarian, national, not-for-profit, was born to passionately and compassionately confront these emerging challenges, to address the many issues relating to Sacred Places at Risk, and to partner with religious and community groups at every level to find solutions to seemingly insurmountable problems.

Partners is now celebrating twenty-seven years of accomplishments in addressing these challenges, and has built a national movement based on its ability to assess issues, map assets, find solutions, and create optimism and hope for the future of our historic, purpose-built sacred places.

Partners for Sacred Places brings together a national network of expert professionals who understand the value of a congregation's architectural assets, its worth as a faith community, and the significance of its service to the community at large. With a national presence and offices in Philadelphia, Chicago, and Dallas/Fort Worth, Partners fosters the active community use of historic, sacred places – churches, synagogues, and more - and builds the capability of their congregations through training programs, fundraising assistance, and assessments. Partners has served thousands of congregations and other organizations over the past twenty-five years and represents the needs and concerns of over 100,000 older, community-serving sacred places across America.

Our work has long included programs, projects, and collaborations with judicatories and other governing bodies. Partners has strong relations and collaborations with universities, preservation alliance and advocacy groups, as well as community development corporations. Partners also has strong expertise on adaptive re-use of vacant religious properties, leading design charrettes, community and political engagements, and business and funding plan development.

Through our training programs, information clearinghouse, and professional network, we have helped congregations in all 50 states. Stories of success unfolding in cities, towns, and rural areas inform Partners' knowledge bank. Each story fuels our capacity to help congregations, and we continue to expand our national reach by strategically growing our projec"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

James B. Straw AIA

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