As we reflect back on our beginning, we have been given “ten stones of remembrance” over the last 16 years.
On February 16, 2001, a vision was given to the founder, Sherrye Willis, who defined its purpose as bringing together diverse sectors of community including faith, philanthropy, neighborhood leaders, business, and government to transform under-resourced communities. The Faith & Philanthropy Institute’s first training intensive was scheduled for September 26-28, 2001.
Before the 9/11 tragedy, fewer than 20 people had registered for our program. However, due to the committee’s collective leadership of proceeding with the training despite the prevailing thought about the public’s fear of traveling after the terrorist attacks, more than 125 faith-based and community leaders were impacted through their participation in the event. In January 2014, Faith & Philanthropy Institute’s name was changed to Alliance for Greater Works™ to better depict our mission.
In 2003, Alliance for Greater Works™ was selected to serve in Texas’ FIRST White House for Faith and Community-Based Initiatives grant as the Foundation for Community Empowerment’s capacity building partner. Alliance for Greater Works™ designed and implemented the
Alliance for Greater Works™ designed and implemented the three year program called Building Capacity Building Communities. The program equipped more than 125 organizations in low-income communities throughout the city of Dallas with intensive training/coaching and assisted in distributing over $1.3MM in sub-grants to Dallas faith-based, grassroots organizations. As a result of this program, the organizations have since increased their net worth in excess of $10 million.
In 2006, Dr. Tony Evans introduced the National Church Adopt-A-School Initiative (NCAASI)– modeled after his church’s successful Project Turn-Around program around church-school partnerships. Alliance for Greater Works™ equipped and partnered with Dr. Evans and his national ministry, The Urban Alternative, to implement the NCAASI program, as well as provide technical assistance to churches across the country as they implemented the program in their communities. Today, the NCAASI program has trained over 1,300 leaders in the U.S., Guam, Haiti, Mexico, and Bahamas.
From 2006 through 2010, Alliance for Greater Works™ participated in formal collaborations with the Dallas Leadership Foundation executing grants from the Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Justice to train and equip faith- and community-based leaders serving low-income communities throughout the city of Dallas. One of the programs was a threeyear project called Communities Empowering Youth. The participating leaders strengthened their organizations and their service delivery in the areas of operational effectiveness, financial sustainability, human capital development and strategic collaborations. In addition, they increased their funding to nearly $890K, the number of youth in Dallas served to nearly 7,400, and affected a multimillion dollar ROI on the original $1 million grant award.
Recognizing the need of religious organizations to increase their financial accountability and better understand the legal and ethical implications of their actions, in 2007, Alliance for Greater Works™ joined forces with accounting firms, Sommerville & Associates, P.C., Ratliff & Associates, P.C. and legal firm, Weycer, Kaplan, Pulaski, and Zuber, P.C., to annually host the Ultimate Financial and Legal Conference™. This event hails participants from across the U.S. – “Multiply Impact. Transform Communities” Confidential and Proprietary materials. Use, disclosure or distribution of this material is not permitted to any unauthorized persons or third parties except by written agreement. 16 as far as Seattle on the West Coast and Washington, D.C. on the East Coast. Over 800 leaders have been served since the inception of this program, and 2014 will mark the 8th year for the conference.
Because of Alliance for Greater Works™ impact with North Texas faith-based organizations, our reach extended to Missouri through a partnership with the Nonprofit Services Consortium of St. Louis, MO. Alliance for Greater Works™ designed and presented a customized program on building a fundable, faith-based organization and trained over 100 organizations across the state.
After a successful pilot program that ran from May 2009 – January 2010, Alliance for Greater Works™ held its first full nine-month Master Nonprofit Consultant Certificate Program to train consultants to effectively and ethically use their expertise and experiences to assist nonprofit organizations in achieving their missions. As well, participants learned the basics of professional coaching and completed a comprehensive business plan for their own consulting business. After completing the course, one of the consultants went on to garner sales of over $200,000 in less than one year.
Also in 2009, Alliance for Greater Works™ introduced the IGNITE Greater Works™ Gathering, designed to celebrate, equip and inform the community of the most effective faith-based, best practice program models in Dallas, as well as to “ignite” a greater passion for community outreach and development among churches, nonprofits, sponsors and individuals. The inaugural “Multiply Impact. Transform Communities” Confidential and Proprietary materials. Use, disclosure or distribution of this material is not permitted to any unauthorized persons or third parties except by written agreement. 17 event was held in collaboration with the Dallas Justice Revival sponsored by Sojourners.
Over 250 people participated and 10 Dallas ministries were recognized and awarded for their work and for creating best-practice program models with measurable community impact in the areas of affordable housing, positive youth development, formerly incarcerated re-entry, poverty/homelessness, community collaboration and more. More than 25 collaborations between faith-based and community organizations occurred as a result this initiative.
People are the greatest asset of an organization because they are the hands and feet utilized to fulfill the mission. Alliance for Greater Works™ is grateful for all the right people at the right time, including the founding Board of Directors, current Board, volunteers, consultant network, staff, as well as the financial investors over the last thirteen years. Thank you for your most valued support.
In September 2001, it was confirmed that Alliance for Greater Works™ vision would go to the nations. Providentially, February 2011 and February 2013, Alliance for Greater Works™ experienced the unfolding of this confirmation as we provided intensive training seminars to faith leaders on the island of Bermuda.
Click here to see the article in the Bermuda Sun Times, “Centre on Philanthropy offers faith-based workshops.”