A Faith That Does Justice, Inc.

Inspiring faith in action, serving society's most vulnerable.

BOSTON, MA   |  https://www.faith-justice.org

Mission

A Faith That Does Justice is an interfaith organization that challenges people to experience God by living their faith intentionally in service to others. We do this by showing how unjust societal structures marginalize people and by acting to help those in need. Our vision is people intentionally living their faith in action.

Ruling year info

2017

Founder, President and Executive Director

Peter W. Gyves SJ, MD

Main address

300 NEWBURY ST

BOSTON, MA 02115 USA

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EIN

81-4298312

NTEE code info

Minority Rights (R22)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)

Interfaith Issues (X90)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

A Faith That Does Justice is an interfaith organization that raises consciousness about social issues affecting the most vulnerable among us and offers opportunities for people to walk in solidarity with and serve those who are marginalized by our society. English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program represents AFTDJ's commitment to faith in action. According to a 2019 Boston Foundation report, over 240,000 working-age adults living in and around Boston have limited English skills. Among workers, low levels of English proficiency have been associated with higher poverty levels as well as the inability to procure higher-paying jobs that would offer increased stability and support for themselves and their families. AFTDJ's ESOL program addresses the unmet need for beginner and low intermediate English skills development within Boston’s immigrant community.

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?

Community Meetings

Community meetings are public events that focus on social justice issues impacting the most underserved and marginalized people in our communities. These meetings encourage community connection through volunteerism, advocacy, philanthropy, and education. Community meetings have included panel and small group discussions on "Effect of the Environmental Crisis on the Poor and Vulnerable", "Faith and Justice in Society - Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspectives", and "Immigration Crisis: Lives at Risk at Our Southern Border." Community meetings also offer an opportunity to seek advice and assistance from, or even volunteer with, a non-profit in attendance. Simultaneous interpretation of these meetings is provided so everyone in attendance can understand the content of presentations and may have a voice during subsequent discussions.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Interfaith groups
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants
Activists

The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program represents AFTDJ's commitment to faith in action. The ESOL program, in partnership with Jewish Vocational Service (JVS), addresses the unmet need for beginner and low intermediate English skills development within Boston's immigrant community. It can represent a first step towards language proficiency, and ultimately, advanced language instruction, education, and job training/placement. Qualification for AFTDJ's ESOL program is merely a desire to learn English. There is no fee for instruction or materials.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults

Community workshops are smaller public sessions led by invited speakers offering faith-based presentations that challenge participants to work for a world where all people can enjoy a fair share of the goods of God's creation, while honoring the inherent dignity of all.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Interfaith groups
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants
Activists

Communications and education on social justice and faith-based topics are delivered via email to our 3300 followers. The Weekly Word is a teaching by a faith leader on issues of spirituality and social justice to help our subscribers live their faiths more fully. Our weekly newsletter conveys a scriptural reflection and news about contemporary social justice topics.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Activists
Interfaith groups
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants

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 list subscribers

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

Adults, Immigrants and migrants, Economically disadvantaged people, Activists, Interfaith groups

Related Program

Communications and Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

It is believed that the curtailment of in person AFTDJ community meetings and workshops due to the COVID-19 pandemic played a role in 2020's reduction in subscribers/followers.

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.

A Faith That Does Justice (AFTDJ) aims to 1) raise consciousness about social issues affecting the most vulnerable among us; 2) offer opportunities for people to walk in solidarity and serve those who may be marginalized by our society; 3) exist as a resource for vulnerable people in our community through action-oriented programming.
Specific priorities include:
- Conceptualize and implement new AFTDJ action programs focused on underserved people
- Develop programming in which our target audiences want to engage
- Improve racial, ethnic, and lived experience diversity of AFTDJ board and volunteers
- Inspire follower engagement and action
- Increase engagement of immigrant population in need
- Increase participation in our workshops, community meetings, and live stream events
- Strengthen processes/operational efficiency to drive effectiveness and scale across ESOL student and volunteer community
- Expand and deepen our engagement to reach new ESOL students and establish complementary partnerships
- Develop ESOL content and delivery tools to optimize results, learning experience, and retention
- Develop ESOL student advocacy program

The strategies targeting the priorities listed above include:
- Develop leadership positions to attract volunteers from the communities we serve
- Work with program leaders to create and publicize calls to action
- Develop partnerships with local organizations, parishes, or churches to recruit students for ESOL programs
- Work with Hispanic leaders and organizations to tap into established Spanish speaking audiences
- Review best practices for promoting and increasing attendance at virtual events
- Expand awareness/partnerships with faith communities and immigrant support agencies
- Develop excellence in student recruitment
- Establish and expand engagement with Correctional and other underserved populations
- Launch Pre-Beginner/Literacy Class
- Enable student access


With a dedicated base of supporters and donors, AFTDJ has a strong track record with fundraising, resulting in available capital to execute our strategies and organizational priorities. AFTDJ is also fortunate to have a core group of committed and passionate volunteers who has succeeded in running and growing AFTDJ’s programming since its inception. An experienced and engaged board of directors, under the leadership of Fr. Peter Gyves, is focused on broadening the scope and impact of AFTDJ programs.

At the close of 2021, approximately 3300 people subscribed to and followed AFTDJ’s communication/education efforts, and the ESOL program filled nearly 80 seats in its English classes. The ESOL program has experienced increasing enrollment every year since it began in 2018, and it is expected that 2022 will be no exception. As of 2020, a team of several Student Relationship Managers (SRMs) were added to the core volunteer team to serve as mentors for the growing number of ESOL students. SRMs support students in their learning process, help students manage obstacles to learning and class attendance, and improve student retention. Looking forward, AFTDJ aims to add a Director of ESOL programming as the first paid employee of the organization with the mission to expand the possible reach of our program and services provided to the students participating in the program, and to create and maintain partnerships with other similarly missioned organizations in Boston.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    A Faith That Does Justice serves various constituencies. While our main goal is to raise awareness of society's structural inequities, this goal is targeted primarily toward primarily educating people in order that they take action and make changes in order to assist the underserved populations among us.

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

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls,

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

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, 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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    A Faith That Does Justice has implemented an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL program). Prior to Covid-19, these classes were held in person. With the pandemic, classes went virtual. In response to students who did not have access to a device or wifi needed to continue with the class, A Faith That Does Justice purchased tablets and wifi for a number of students so that they could continue learning the English language and become better equipped for the job market and have a better economic mobility and advancement.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our funders,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    In interviews with our students, they often feel empowered when asked for feedback. It is not often that their voices are heard, respected and in some cases, make change happen. By respectfully listening to their responses, and engaging with the participants, we are able to obtain a more thoughtful, honest answer to our questions. These responses assist us in making changes to our classes that help enable the students to succeed.

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • 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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A Faith That Does Justice, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 03/04/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Peter Gyves, SJ, MD

A Faith That Does Justice, Inc.

Term: 2016 -

Marion Driscoll

Director of AFTDJ and a benefactor of educational efforts on behalf of disadvantaged students primarily in New York Catholic schools and other international NonProfits.

Damian Esparza

Director of AFTDJ, Founder of SmartProperty, a real estate technology startup, and former CEO of Barrera & Co.

Peter Gyves, SJ, MD

Founder, President and Executive Director of AFTDJ, Member of the USA East Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits)

Michael Nilles

Director and Secretary of AFTDJ, Senior Vice President, Team Leader of BlueHub Capital

Thomas Massaro, SJ

Vice President and Director of AFTDJ, Professor of Moral Theology at Fordham University and Member of the USA East Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits)

William Sheehan

Director and Treasurer of AFTDJ, retired former CEO of Sonesta International Hotels Corporation

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/20/2021

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/20/2021

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Policies and processes
  • 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.