FCNL EDUCATION FUND

Lobbying with Quakers

aka Friends Committee on National Legislation   |   Washington, DC   |  https://www.fcnl.org/

Mission

We seek a world free of war and the threat of war. We seek a society with equity and justice for all. We seek a community where every person's potential may be fulfilled. We seek an earth restored.

Ruling year info

1982

Executive Secretary

Ms Diane Randall

Main address

245 Second St NE

Washington, DC 20002 USA

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EIN

52-1254489

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Friends Committee on National Legislation Education Fund educates people across the U.S. about way to advance peace, justice, opportunity, and environmental stewardship. Founded in 1943 by members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), FCNL works with a grassroots network of tens of thousands of people across the country to advance policies and priorities established by our governing General Committee. FCNL is a nonpartisan organization that seeks to live our values of integrity, simplicity, and peace as we build relationships across political divides to move policies forward.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program Name: Hill Program - Foreign Policy

Our foreign policy work focuses on opposing war, supporting nuclear disarmament, promoting the peaceful prevention of deadly conflict through diplomacy and alternatives to the military, supporting a ban on landmines and cluster munitions and urging an end to the global trafficking in small arms.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our domestic policy work includes protecting our civil liberties and human rights, addressing global climate change and protecting the environment, promoting programs that address human needs, and maintaining a balance of power between the three branches of government.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The central focus of this program is building and supporting a nationwide grassroots network of people.

We help ordinary people connect with the public media, meet with editorial boards, and talk to their members of Congress.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our major publications include periodicals such as our Washington Newsletter. We also publish booklets and pamphlets and use email to distribute information on the Federal Budget, Peaceful Prevention of Deadly Conflict, Native American issues, climate change and energy issues, Iraq, Iran and the Middle East, landmines and cluster bombs, and ways for young adults to engage in the political process.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Effective communications are key to transforming national policy discourse. FCNL is recognized for its integrity, expert staff, and Quaker grounding of its work. This recognition gives FCNL a voice to challenge and change the conventional narratives that guide federal policy-making. FCNL can infuse a clear and distinctive moral, faith-based, and Quaker voice into its educational and advocacy efforts to increase the visibility and reach of the organization and its vision of a just society and a peaceful planet to Friends, Congress, donors, collation partners, advocates, and the mass media.

Population(s) Served
Religious groups
Age groups

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of meetings with policymakers or candidates

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Religious groups, Age groups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is defined as the total number of visits by the organization's staff and constituents to the members of Congress and their staff. Majority of those who lobby are Quakers.

Number of stories successfully placed in the media

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Religious groups, Age groups

Related Program

Media, Marketing, and Communications

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We measure our story placements by media impressions (i.e. the number of people who read, saw, or heard about us and our stories). This is a combined number by FCNL Education Fund and FCNL.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We seek a world free of war and the threat of war.

We seek a society with equity and justice for all.

We seek a community where every person’s potential may be fulfilled.

We seek an earth restored.

FCNL’s education, outreach, and community building are driven by love and grounded in a nonpartisan framework.

From training young adults to be effective advocates and leaders to building community among Quaker communities, FCNL seeks to live out the principle that we are called to love our neighbors, no exceptions.

FCNL’s multi-faceted approach draws on the expertise of its staff in Washington, DC, the commitment and passion of people around the country in our advocacy network, and the relationships we cultivate with elected officials and community leaders.

We work with coalitions, community leaders, and constituents to advocate for peace, justice, and a sustainable planet.

Building community from a place of faith is about remaining grounded and not being riled or thrown off track by the response of the government official. It is not about twisting the facts or about elaborate arguments. Engaging in this work means presenting accurate research as fully as possible to give the public as well as public officials access to information not readily available to them otherwise. It is not about promoting self-interest but about advancing government policy to move toward a more powerful, just and whole world; in other words, to be more in line with what we understand of God’s kingdom on Earth.

Our education and outreach work rises out of our belief that there is that of God in every person and that all creation has worth and dignity. Acknowledging and honoring a spectrum of religious and ethical traditions, we try to be open to the will of God and to embody Jesus’ teachings in our personal, national and global relationships. Facing profound global challenges and great opportunity, we speak from our faith for a new vision of how the world community can live together more peacefully and justly and with greater care for each other and our shared world.

FCNL supports and influences legislation and government action by engaging with others, conveying our beliefs and urging leaders in government to embrace specific policies and actions. We educate and empower Friends and those who share our concerns to participate in the political process as voters, advocates and elected officials.

The issues we strive to address are inextricably linked, leading us to focus on the root causes and long-term consequences of injustice, inequality, economic disparity, disproportionate power, and violence.

A better future is possible through dedicated effort, creative cooperation, right relationships and well-directed resources. Change will require personal and material costs that we are prepared to share. We are convinced by our faith and experience to continue building the peaceful, just, equitable and sustainable global community we seek.

FCNL Creates Space for Dialogue on Capitol Hill

The Quaker Welcome Center, opened in 2017, expanded FCNL’s physical presence on Capitol Hill and provides space for reflection, training, and conversation. The space has already hosted members of Congress, religious leaders, school groups, and Friends meetings, and we are only beginning to realize its potential to advance FCNL’s work. Along with FCNL’s LEED-certified office building next door, the Quaker Welcome Center embodies FCNL’s commitment to an earth restored, making use of solar panels, a green roof, geothermal energy, and other sustainable features to minimize environmental impact.


Young Adults Show Their Power on Immigration

In spring 2018, as Congress considered damaging administration proposals on immigration, FCNL trained more than 400 young adults to advocate to protect young adult Dreamers from deportation.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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FCNL EDUCATION FUND

Board of directors
as of 2/17/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ron Ferguson

Ron Ferguson

Winchester Monthly Meeting

Mary Hatcher

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting

Abigail Adams

New Englad Yearly Meeting

Scott Duncan

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting

Lynn Oberfield

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting

Doug MCown

New England Yearly Meeting

Megan Fair

Wilmington Yearly Meeting

Ebby Luvaga

Iowa Yearly Meetings (Cons)

Jonathan Brown

North Pacific Yearly Meeting

Kathie Guthrie

Lake Erie Yearly Meeting

Jane Hiles

Southern Appalachian Yearly Meeting

Lauren Brownlee

Baltimore Yearly Meeting

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/17/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data