PLATINUM2023

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM COALITION

Washington, DC   |  www.religiousfreedomcoalition.org

Mission

PROMOTING CHRISTIAN IDEALS AND FOSTERING RELIGIOUS FREEDOM THROUGH PUBLICATIONS AND LECTURE IN THE UNITED STATES. MAKING CONGRESS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC AWARE OF THE PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA.

FURNISHING SPIRITUAL AND MATERIAL AID TO CHRISTIANS FORCED FROM THEIR HOMES IN MIDDLE EASTERN NATIONS SUCH AS IRAQ AND SYRIA WITH PROGRAMS SUCH AS DIAPERS FOR REFUGEES AND CHRISTMAS FOR REFUGEES

Ruling year info

1983

President

William J. Murray

Main address

PO Box 77511

Washington, DC 20013 USA

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EIN

74-2124788

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Religious Freedom Coalition's goal and purpose is to advocate for the preservation of America's Christian heritage and to bring awareness to Congress and the general public of the persecution Christians are facing in the Middle East and Africa. Tens of thousands of Christian families have fled their homes in Iraq and Syria and are now living as refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Northern Iraq. Their basic needs are largely unmet and through various programs the Religious Freedom Coalition delivers aid to the persecuted church.

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?

Christmas for Refugees

The program provides Christmas celebrations for the children of Christian families who have been driven from their homes in several nations in the Middle East and Nigeria. Children enjoy singing, dancing, coloring contests, a warm meal and a gift that they can use during the cold weather, such as a hoodie or blanket. In 2018 programs were held for more than 20,000 children in Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Bethlehem and Nigeria

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Victims and oppressed people

Through this program, millions of diapers are distributed to displaced & persecuted Christian refugee families for their babies and toddlers each year. Disposable diapers are now delivered to families living in homes looted by the Islamic State. Adult diapers are supplied to special needs adult refugees and IDP’s in Jordan and Iraq.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Seniors

Support of an orphanage in Plateau State, Nigeria that houses Christian children whose families have been murdered by Islamic terrorist groups. We provide the orphanage with a food program that consist of proteins meals daily. In the past several years, the Religious Freedom Coalition has provided a new water system to one of these orphanages which included a new well, flushable toilets, a water tower, and a fully functioning farm. In August of 2021, terrorists attacked our orphanage in Miango, Nigeria and burned it to the ground. All of the children were able to escape but the home we built for them was left destroyed. The children were moved to a temporary facility as the search began to find them a new home. In early 2022 we provided new land and rebuilt the orphanage and continued supporting the children there.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Victims and oppressed people

Food Packages have been distributed monthly to Christian families that had endured extreme hardships in the past year due to financial crisis in Lebanon and Bethlehem - West Bank. In Jordan a summer camp for Christian children has been supported for many years. The water system has been replaced, mattresses replaced, roofs replaced, a state-of-the-art water system installed, and new security systems and kitchen equipment furnished. IDP camps in northern Iraq have been supplied with diesel fuel and water.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Victims and oppressed people

Religious Freedom Coalition had assisted in the formation of the International Religious Freedom Commission. Meetings are held with congressmen, senators and the White House to promote religious freedom and to expose the abuse of Christians’ rights throughout the world.

Population(s) Served
Families
Victims and oppressed people

Where we work

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 children served

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

Children and youth, Families

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Those numbers reflect Children, elderly, special needs youth and families served in Christmas Program, Diaper Program and Food Program.

Number of Diapers given out

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

Infants and toddlers, Seniors

Related Program

Diapers for Refugees

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

One million diaper was delivered annually. We provide baby diapers to infants and toddlers, as well as adult diapers to special needs youth and elderly.

Number of public events held to further mission

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

Children and youth, Families, Victims and oppressed people

Related Program

Christmas for Refugees

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2020 and 2021 due to social distancing measures, we held more events to accommodate safe and healthy environment for the children.

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Through programs such as Diapers for Refugees and Christmas for Refugees our goal is to bring spiritual and material aid to Christian refugee families in the Middle East including Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon, and also to Christian refugee families in Nigeria.

Besides providing material aid such as food and hygiene supplies to the families, Christmas for Refugees seeks to bring hope to the children through Christmas celebrations. Diapers for Refugees seeks to help mothers keep their babies healthy and clean in conditions with very limited water and cleaning supplies available.

The Religious Freedom Coalition also gives material support to native ministries in areas where Christians face persecution. For example, one current project is providing a new well and water tower system at an orphanage in Plateau State, Nigeria. Also, we help a Christian summer camp in Jordan through providing such aid as a security system and refrigerators, and we are currently building a playground for the younger children.

Bring awareness to the American public of the current conditions for Christians in areas where they are minorities and present legislative remedies that could be made available.

Bring more awareness to the church in America of the persecution faced by Christians worldwide. Currently it is estimated that a Christian dies every six minutes at the hands of persecutors.

Raise funds to provide relief to persecuted Christian families primarily in the Middle East and Africa.

Partner with local churches and Christian organizations in the Middle East to supply basic needs to Christian refugee families.

Supply food, and other basic necessities to orphans in Miango, Nigeria.

Supply and facilitate a Christmas meal and celebration for refugee children in the Middle East and Nigeria.

William J. Murray, President of the Religious Freedom Coalition, and his staff, work for the rights of Christians in America and to assist the persecuted Christians around the world.

The Religious Freedom Coalition has a base of over 20,000 supporters in the United States and other nations whose generous support is ongoing.

Working together through native ministry partners in Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Nigeria and the West Bank the Religious Freedom Coalition is able to offer a variety of assistance programs.

Rather than ship American made goods the Religious Freedom Coalition purchases needed supplies in-country as this supports local businesses and creates jobs.

Through direct interaction with lawmakers, letters, phone calls and petition campaigns, the Religious Freedom Coalition has brought awareness to Capitol Hill of the plight of persecuted Christians in the Middle East and Africa.

Our monthly newsletter provides information about current legislative issues and tracks the progress of our international ministry.

Since 2014 the Christmas For Refugees program has hosted tens of thousands of children whose families have been driven from their homes by the Islamic State, Boko Haram and other terrorist organizations. The Christmas program has also provided provided sanitary ites, food, toiletries, blankets, shoes and other necessities to the children and their families.

The Diapers For Refugees program has provided disposable diapers to thousands of displaced Christian families in Iraq. With no hot water and limited space cloth diapers are not an option. The lives of babies have literally been saved by providing sanitary options for the parents. The program also supplies sanitary pads to the mothers and adult diapers to grandparents in need.

Through these and other programs Religious Freedom Coalition supporters have been able to share the love of Christ in places too dangerous to personally visit.

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

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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RELIGIOUS FREEDOM COALITION

Board of directors
as of 08/25/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Peggy Nienaber

William Murray

Nancy Murray

Henry Cooper

Kenneth Timmerman

Scott Cooper

Dave Sanders

Deborah VanDyk

Robert Armstrong

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 8/12/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data