Frequently Asked Questions

+ What Is Sacred Sector Community?

Sacred Sector Community is an initiative to equip faith-based nonprofits to integrate and advance their sacred missions in every area of organizational life. Sacred Sector Community invites faith-based organizations to study and apply a holistic framework, known as the “Three P’s,” to fully embody religious freedom in their public policy engagement, in their public positioning and in their organizational best practices. Faith-based organizations will also learn and adopt Standards for Excellence®, an industry resource within the nonprofit sector.

+ Who is eligible to apply for the Sacred Sector Community track?

In its inaugural year, Sacred Sector invites faith-based organizations of all sizes, faiths and mission focus areas located on the East Coast to apply for Sacred Sector Community. Ideal candidates should have a commitment to advancing their organization’s faith-based missions and increasing their impact. Additionally, these organizations should seek to comprehensively live out their sacred missions and identities in everything they do. Applicants should be able to demonstrate through the application their interest in a collaborative, interdisciplinary learning environment.

+ What is the format of the program?

Sacred Sector Community follows a hybrid format of webinars, with two in-person sessions in Washington, D.C. (one at the start, and one at the end of the program). For those unable to join the in-person sessions, participants may join via live stream. Sessions will also be recorded and made available for viewing at a later time.

+ What is the curriculum for the Sacred Sector Community?

Webinar sessions will cover a range of topics including how to navigate government partnerships, how to engage in the public square, as well as understanding lobbying and establishing family supportive policies.

+ What additional resources will be available?

In addition to the webinars, Sacred Sector will provide written “toolboxes” that further explore specific issues unique to running a faith-based nonprofit. Sacred Sector is also partnering with Standards for Excellence®, a national initiative that promotes ethical practices and accountability in nonprofit organization. Based on fundamental values of honesty, integrity, fairness, respect, trust, responsibility and accountability, the Standards describe how nonprofits should act be ethical and accountable in their program operations, governance, human resources, financial management and fundraising.

+ Is there a cost to be part of Sacred Sector?

There is no cost for Sacred Sector participants. While meals are covered for the in-person sessions in Washington, D.C., participants are responsible for covering travel and lodging during their visit. Each in-person session will be accessible through live-stream and recorded video.

+ Does Sacred Sector Community provide lodging for sessions located in Washington, D.C.?

Sacred Sector Community is unable to offer accommodations during the opening and closing sessions located in Washington, D.C. However, program organizers will work with the Sacred Sector Community participants to identify lodging options for their stay.

+ How selective is Sacred Sector Community?

The program is designed to be competitive, focused on recruiting and accepting faith-based nonprofits that successfully complete the application and interview process. Sacred Sector helps faith-based organizations more effectively live out their faith-based mission. Sacred Sector Community will be made up of about 25 organizations located on the East Coast during the first year of the program.

+ Who from my organization should participate?

We recognize that participating organizations will vary in size, scope of work and organizational structure. Therefore, each organization’s representatives may vary — some organizations may choose to send the executive director, while others send a program manager, a communications or policy director or even a board member. Regardless, each organization should ask itself: Who will be tasked with implementing this? That should inform who is best suited to represent your organization in Sacred Sector Community.

+ How many people from my organization can participate?

Sacred Sector Community is designed as a primarily virtual community, with eight webinar sessions and two in-person sessions located in Washington, D.C. The in-person sessions, held at the beginning and end of the program, have flexibility for live-streaming as well. Participating organizations may send up to two people to the in-person (Washington D.C.) sessions, but can seek special permission to send up to three representatives. For the virtual webinars, organizations can include as many colleagues as they wish.

+ When and where does Sacred Sector Community take place?

Sacred Sector Community is a six-month program for 25 organizations per year. Sacred Sector will run for three years, beginning in 2018, and rotate regionally, selecting nonprofits from those regional areas:

Year 1 – East Coast Year 2 – Midwest Year 3 – West Coast

+ How is Sacred Sector Community funded?

Sacred Sector Fellowship is an initiative of the Center for Public Justice made possible by the generous support of the Templeton Religion Trust.

+ I don't think my organization fits the main criteria. Can I still apply?

Absolutely! We recognize that not all organizations fit the same mold. If you are located in a different part of the country from where the cohort is taking place, please reach out to us. Perhaps your organization would benefit from participating sooner than when the cohort will be taking place in your region of the country. Regardless, please reach out to us if you think you’d be a good candidate, but may need flexibility in some way.

+ Is there anything available to print out for staff members or other interested organizations?

Yes! You can download a printable version of the overview and agenda here.