Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy

Learn. Pray. Act

aka VICPP   |   Richmond, VA   |  www.virginiainterfaithcenter.org

Mission

The Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy engages people of faith and goodwill in advocating economic, racial, and social justice in Virginia’s policies and practices.

Notes from the nonprofit

VICPP is a critical faith voice on policies and practices in Virginia. We have chapters and congregations affiliated with us across the Commonwealth. If you'd like to join us, sign up at www.virginiainterfaithcenter.org.

Ruling year info

1986

Executive Director

Ms Kim Bobo

Main address

1716 E. Franklin Street

Richmond, VA 23223 USA

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EIN

54-1362857

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Virginia's policies and practices are not as inclusive, equitable and welcoming as they should be to create a society in which all can thrive and prosper. The faith community is deeply concerned about economic and racial inequities in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy (VICPP) is working to advance systemic changes.

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?

Social Justice University

Among the Center's most important ongoing initiatives is our issue education and advocacy training program, Social Justice University (SJU). The program is important in building local relationships with faith communities and advocates. It serves to empower and lift up the voices of Virginia's faith communities to speak up both with and for those who often do not have a voice in the political process. The program focuses on education of the Center's policy priorities and advocacy training to increase the capacity of Virginians to have a voice in the state legislative process.

Population(s) Served
Activists

Four communities, Richmond, Harrisonburg, Charlottesville and Alexandria are building living wage certification programs that:
Recognize employers who are already paying their workers a living wage.
Assist consumers in patronizing businesses that provide living wages.
Encourage employers who are not currently paying a living wage to adopt the Campaign’s thresholds.
Challenge employers who could raise wages and choose not to do so, by publicizing and promoting an ethical alternative to discourage practices that drive down wages and standards.
To learn more, visit www.livingwagevirginia.org

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Unemployed people

The Central Virginia Sanctuary Network rises from our shared values of upholding human dignity and building unity. While some Central Virginia Sanctuary members are prepared to host people facing deportation or detention, the goal of the network is to create spaces in our congregations and localities where all people are safe and free. Central Virginia Sanctuary Network members meet with local law enforcement, advocate at the General Assembly, and participate in public demonstrations — all in solidarity with our neighbors who are at risk of deportation. For more information visit www.centralvasanctuary.com

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

The "Day for All People" is the name of VICPP's annual advocacy day at the General Assembly. After the smashing success of the 2021 week-long virtual advocacy week, the organization has decided to hold both an in-person and a virtual Day for All People in 2022. The in-person day will be January 19, but virtual activities will be available the entire week of January 17-21, 2022.

Population(s) Served

VICPP has been engaged in health equity work for many years, including advocating medicaid expansion, then helping with outreach to sign folks up for medicaid expansion, outreach with the affordable care act, outreach about new prenatal care provisions for immigrant women (that VICPP helped create) and now helping to understand and address the bio-ethics and trust issues around vaccinations in Black, Brown and immigrant communities.

Population(s) Served
Religious groups
Religious groups
Ethnic and racial groups

VICPP works statewide to educate workers about wage theft and how to stop it or recover their unpaid wages. VICPP operates a wage theft hotline that workers can call and talk with someone (in English or Spanish) about their situations. VICPP connects workers with attorneys around the commonwealth who handle wage theft cases.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

HAV Coalition 2022

Solitary Confinement Coalition 2022

Virginia Promise Coalition 2022

Faith in Action 2022

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 Chapters and Affiliate Groups

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

Religious groups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our regional chapters work at the grassroots level, drawing more voices to the call to advocacy. With support from the Center, chapters organize to meet with legislators in their home districts.

Annual Day for All People Lobby Day Participants

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

Religious groups

Related Program

Day for All People

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In 2021, we had a completely virtual week that was a great success.

Witness at the Capitol Volunteer Participants

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

Religious groups

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Witness at the Capitol team is comprised of volunteers who serve as faithful citizen advocates on the VICPP priority issues during the legislative session.

Number of Contacts in Our Database

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

Religious groups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Living Wage Certification programs

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

Religious groups

Related Program

Living Wage Certification Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

There are currently four programs in Virginia. Several of the programs continued steady through the pandemic -- certifying and honoring new businesses.

Number of donations made by board members

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

Religious groups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We seek 100 percent board giving.

Number of new champions or stakeholders recruited

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We are building a program with congregations where a congregation recruits a liaison. This is the number of congregations with liaisons.

Estimated number of supportive policies secured for the sector

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

Social and economic status

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

VICPP wins concrete policy reforms every year. For us it is not just the number of reforms, but the breadth and scope of those reforms.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

VICPP is an advocacy organization, not a service one. Each year the organization sets concrete advocacy and program goals.

On policy and advocacy for 2022-2023, we are working to:
* Extend Paid Sick Days to workers in low-wage jobs.
* Limit Virginia's excessive use of solitary confinement.
* Reduce the criminalization of poverty (reducing use of cash bail).
* Require implicit bias training for healthcare professionals.
* Increase money for food and housing supports for low-income families.

Our program goals are:
* Help address the community trust issues around vaccinations.
* Certify many more employers through the living wage certification program.
* Use the wage theft website and hotline to help workers fight wage theft.
* Engage college and seminary students in the work of VICPP.
* Recruit more congregations and engage them in civic activities.

The Virginia Interfaith Center has a variety of strategies: 1) create education materials about policies and practices to create a more equitable society; 2) meet with and educate elected leaders about policy priorities; 3) engage our members throughout the state in meeting with their elected leaders on the issue priorities; 4) amplifying faith voices in the public sphere through press conferences, online actions and op-eds pieces; 5) developing local programs, such as Living Wage Certification, for example, to model how communities can better serve the common good.

VICPP has a robust and growing grassroots network of people of faith throughout the Commonwealth. We have local chapters in ten communities, volunteer activist in approximately three-quarters of the districts in the state, and strong ties with almost all of the judicatory leaders in the state.

Every year, VICPP sets concrete policy reforms and sets out to achieve them. We have concrete policy changes implemented every year. The progress is updated regularly on the organization's website for each General Assembly session.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve both people of faith and goodwill who want to be effective advocates, by equipping and training them, and we serve low-income and marginalized families that need support from advocates in policy decisions. Often, people of faith are also low-income and marginalized, so there is a lot of crossover.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, We also work in close coalition/partnership with groups that serve low-income and marginalized folks,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Our most recent member survey identified criminal justice reform issues as very important. We are now dedicating one of our policy positions to criminal justice work.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    VICPP has been doing member surveys for decades, so this is not really new.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy

Board of directors
as of 04/08/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Julie Swanson

retired nonprofit executive

Term: 2019 - 2022

Alok Srivastava

Community Volunteer

Ali Faruk

Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia

Warren Hottle

Retired

Julie Swanson

Lutheran Family Services of Virginia

John Whitley

Unitarian Universialist

Keith Jones

Pastor, Shiloh Baptist Church

Gary Creditor

Retired rabbi

Paul Falabella

Attorney

Anthony Fludd

St. John’s Church of God in Christ

Aisha Huertas

Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia

Matilde Moros

Virginia Commonwealth University

Julio Hernandez

Duke Divinity School

Dean Wanderer

Attorney

Lauren Ramseur

pastor, Bon Air Presbyterian Church

Patricia Shipley

retired United Methodist pastor

J. Burke

Baptist General Convention of Virginia

Karen McElfish

United Methodist Women

Hurunnessa Fariad

Adams Center

Mark Hoggard

St. Pius Catholic Church

Michael Knopf

Temple Beth-El

Jamie Haskins

University of Richmond

Julio Hernandez

Christ Crossman United Methodist Church

Corey Walker

Wake Forest University

Aliya Farooq

Virginia Interfaith Power and Light

Drew Burrichter

Bon Secours

Jeanette Yoh

United Methodist Women

LaKeisha Cook

Pacific Education Group

Katie Gooch

The Pace Center

Robin Mines

Hood Temple AME Zion

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 8/6/2021

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, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/06/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.