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PROGRACE INTERNATIONAL

ProGrace: people, not politics

aka ProGrace   |   Wheaton, IL   |  www.prograce.org

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Mission

We equip Christians with a non-political way to think, talk, and engage around abortion that follows the example of Jesus to value all people equally and lead with grace. As a result of our work, we envision a united Church that draws people into community for conversation and support, where they can encounter God and the hope He brings.

Ruling year info

2016

CEO

Angela Weszely

Main address

PO Box 4563

Wheaton, IL 60189 USA

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EIN

81-3366641

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The political divide around abortion can feel extreme and overwhelming with no solution. For Christians, this poses problems because we are not discussing abortion, even though people in our churches are affected by it. When we do not discuss it, we are not perceived as a safe place to turn for people in crisis, even churchgoers. We also lose the trust of younger generations who feel that the Church is not responding to justice issues. We are a community of people who see people living out grace in community, not politics, as the solution. We have experienced God’s radical grace and will not continue to have abortion conversations without it. VISION We work to shape the Christian response to abortion with an approach that is modeled after Jesus, not politics.

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?

Pregnancy organization training

PREGNANCY ORGANIZATION TRAINING

There are more than 2,000 Christian pregnancy organizations in the Unites States, and because of their expertise, experience and relationships, these organizations are the Church’s most historically effective arms for direct service to women facing unintended pregnancy. Sadly, many pregnancy organizations have bought into polarized and judgmental thinking around abortion, compromising their vital mission and alienating them from the women they want to serve. We train pregnancy organization leadership and staff who are working to reclaim a Christ-centered perspective on abortion and mobilize the churches around them to do the same.

Population(s) Served
Christians
Victims and oppressed people

We equip Christians to engage the churches in their communities with the ProGrace approach. We guide small groups, pastoral staff, and churches through a course in discipleship around the importance of grace. The courses equip the participant to think, talk, and engage differently on the topic of unintended pregnancy. We use an online learning platform to share theology, Scripture, and experiential learning practices to bring about personal reflection, growth, and change. We provide conversation guides and talking points for leaders and laypeople, and we recommend curriculum for those in their congregation who have experienced abortion.

Population(s) Served
Christians

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 participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Participants who have completed our flagship Transform course, first launched to the public in 2022.

Number of groups brought together in a coalition/alliance/partnership

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Includes partnerships across direct service organizations, national organizations, referral networks, and church networks. These partnerships were a new strategy in 2023.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

ProGrace aims to create a non-political Christian approach to abortion that rises above the political divide and demonstrates God's grace and value for all. The goal is to draw people into the community for conversation and support in order to cultivate and empower a community of like-minded Christians toward grace-filled conversations about abortion focused on people, not politics.

The ProGrace strategies to creating a Jesus-centered response to abortion are helping Christians to think, talk, and engage differently.

To think differently, ProGrace offers content that offers a theological mindset shift through which participants internalize God's equal value for the woman and child and develop a grace approach.

Talking differently teaches participants how to begin new conversations by listening first, using new language, and finding common ground.

In order to engage differently, ProGrace partners with other organizations to build grace-centered communities providing support during unintended pregnancy, help for single moms, and safe spaces to process an abortion experience.


ProGrace offers four ways to meet these goals:
1. Resources - ProGrace publishes a podcast, e-book, videos, conversation guides
2. Discipleship Programs - our flagship Transform course
3. Organizational Training - customized training for national organizations, the Equip learning community for local direct service providers
4. Referral network of trusted providers for holistic care

ProGrace began partnerships with a variety of organizations in 2023 as a means of meeting these goals.
At the end of 2023, our partners included:
- 10 local direct service organizations
- 1 national organization pilot
- 2 referral network partners

In 2024, ProGrace plans to increase partners to:
- 13 local direct service organizations
- 2 national organizations
- 1 church network pilot
- 2 referral network partners

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • 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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PROGRACE INTERNATIONAL

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jane May

Darice Wright

Jenna Gyorfi

Gwenn Garmon

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/3/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/28/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.