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Empowering Ordinary People

aka Sacramento ACT   |   Sacramento, CA   |  www.sacact.org

Mission

Through community organizing and capacity building, Sacramento ACT trains local leaders to translate their faith into action while creating innovative solutions to pressing community issues.

Ruling year info

1996

Executive Director

Ms. Gabby Trejo

Main address

2701 Del Paso Road STE 130-601

Sacramento, CA 95835 USA

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EIN

94-3146791

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Sacramento ACT would like to continue to expand and fund our healing circles, environmental justice and homelessness programs. We would like to expand and fund our volunteer and leader development programs. We would like to expand and fund our Faith Leader Crisis Response Training program. We would like to set up a communication platform for our faith leaders in the event of a community emergency such as: natural disaster or community crisis. We would like to increase community awareness of our organization by updating our website and social media presence. Lastly, as a long term fundraising goal we would like to raise enough funds to have our own office where we can host community events, youth programs, meeting spaces for our faith leaders and various other community related events.

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?

Faith. People. Policy Change

ACT is not a direct social service provider. Rather, it serves as a catalyst and an agent of social change that is fueled, in part, by the belief that people of faith have a unique "prophetic voice" in bringing out the best from their neighborhoods, community institutions, and governments. ACT works closely with faith-based institutions to provide them with organizing tools that deepen their neighborhood outreach and social justice ministries. ACT does not exclusively work with congregations, however; many public schools and other community groups engage in social change in partnership with ACT.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Human Rights Award 2018

Church Women United, Inc

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.

At the center of our model of congregation-based community organizing is a belief in the potential for transformation - of people, institutions, and our larger culture. This belief stems directly from ACT's roots in faith communities, and radiates throughout the organization, influencing the way ACT relates to public officials, to community members, and to one another.

Our vision is for a Sacramento made up of thriving neighborhoods in which residents can work, go to school, shop and have opportunities for recreation. Neighborhoods are connected to each other and the urban core through excellent and affordable public transit.

Sacramento ACT is committed to voter education and outreach, particularly among low-propensity voters. In 2019, we will be working to educate voters in Sacramento County on the new voting system which impacts all voters and register new voters to gear up for the 2020 election. We will also hold candidate forums to hear candidates' views on issues of concern to the community. We will help employ between 10-20 job seekers through our phone banking program. We will host various door to door volunteer canvassing in low-propensity voting areas.

We are collaborating with faith institutions, affordable housing providers, schools, and probation, to create a multi-faceted practice which engages youth and draws solutions from the varied perspectives of the stakeholders. Just as with adults, we work directly with youth who have been impacted by the criminal justice system, both those youth currently in detention and those who have been released, to develop an agenda for change.

In our immigration work we work to protect our immigrant neighbors, including the undocumented. In response to the new federal policies which threaten undocumented immigrants, we are working to distribute "Know Your Rights" information, to develop Sanctuary congregations that will offer shelter and protection to those under threat of deportation, and to stand with those who are threatened. We are working to end the Sheriff Department's contract with ICE which incentivizes incarcerating the undocumented. We also work on expanding health care coverage for undocumented residents.

Our education organizing is focusing on increasing the use of Restorative Justice practices in schools as well as expanding social emotional learning resources and training in the Sacramento City Unified School District.

In 2019 we will be working to address the housing crisis in Sacramento, researching and advocating for options to increase our stock of affordable housing.

Sacramento ACT’s members include over 56 congregations, schools and neighborhood groups, representing 60,000 families in Sacramento County.

In 2018 we accomplished the following:
Sheriff’s Contract with ICE ACT successfully advocates for the end of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s contract with ICE.

Healthy Partners ACT wins an expansion and lifting of the age cap of the Healthy Partners program granting access to healthcare to 1000 additional undocumented immigrants and allowing elders over 65 to enroll in the program.

Voter Outreach ACT reaches out to 21,000 Sacramento County voters in the primary season to educate them on the role of the DA and Sheriff in the criminal justice system.

Healing Circles ACT co-creates and offers community Healing Circles in response to the trauma of the killing of Stephon Clark and leads Healing Circles for youth in juvenile attention.

Priority Worker Program ACT wins a Priority Apprentice program and Community Workforce Training ordinance in the City of Sacramento

Rapid Response Network ACT continue to build the Rapid Response Network to support undocumented immigrants, provide information to the undocumented immigrant community, adding 150 more legal observers, distributing Know Your Rights information, and accompanying immigrants under threat of detention.

As we look forward to the next 5 years, we are committed to building power to ensure that these community priorities become our city and county and regional priorities. We are committed to equity in systems, policy, and resource allocation.

Understanding that people lead intersectional lives, each of our local organizing committees (LOC) looks at the ways that their issue areas intersect with the biggest challenges facing our region: homelessness and housing, mental health and health care, public safety, children and youth, immigration. This will inform how we choose to focus strategy and specific issue campaigns.

ACT recognizes our niche as bridge builders. We are committed to bringing people together to find solutions to the challenges that face us, and to encourage unlikely partners to work together with common purpose.

We will continue to work with congregations to bring the voices of the faith community into public discourse, to shape a moral vision and calls to action based on our shared faith values.

Recognizing that we do not touch every impacted community, we are committed to ensuring that community partners have a better understanding of how organizing can be a tool for structural change, and how we can work together for the change we seek. We will share our expertise in organizing as allies to community partners.

We continue our work in civic engagement, encouraging voter registration, educating voters on local and state issues, and working to Get Out the Vote.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Board of directors
as of 08/26/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Pastor Efrem Smith

Midtown Church

Term: 2020 -

Joseph Johnson

South Sacramento Christian Center

Maheen Ahmed

Council On American Islamic Relations, Sacramento Valley

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 ? No
  • 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? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/26/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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