Faith Based/Religion/Churches

Building Houses, Building Hope
January 1, 2005

“If we’re going to eradicate substandard housing from the face of the earth, we need to be focused and organized.”

So says John Cerniglia from Habitat for Humanity International, which has been providing affordable housing to low-income families since 1976.

And he means it. His word choices sometimes make a face-to-face visit to a major donor sound more like a covert operation for Mission Impossible’s Ethan Hunt than a friendly chat between board member and prospect.

All People Are Responsible for One Another
September 1, 2004

Steven B. Nasatir, president, Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago for 25 years. Chicago’s largest social-welfare organization, JUF/Federation raises funds to bring food, refuge, healthcare, education and emergency assistance to 300,000 Chicagoans of all faiths and 2 million Jews worldwide, conducting an annual campaign of $70 million and generating total revenues of approximately $200 million annually.

On a Wing and a Prayer
May 1, 2004

When Craig Carpenter took over as director of development at Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission in March 2002, it was the worst of times and, well, it was the worst of times. The country was still in shock from the events of Sept. 11, 2001. War was looming, the economy was reeling, and the stock market was tumbling. People were afraid to open their mail for fear of being infected with anthrax.