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Church Council of Greater Seattle

Building collective power for liberation and justice

aka CCGS   |   Seattle, WA   |  http://www.thechurchcouncil.org

Mission

The Church Council of Greater Seattle (CCGS) builds collective power with people and communities of faith on the path to justice and liberation. We do this by convening, accompanying and facilitating people of faith, investing in local leaders, and amplifying the voice of faith in the public square. MISSION: The Church Council of Greater Seattle builds collective power through faith-rooted community organizing for transformational change toward liberation and justice. VISION: The Church Council of Greater Seattle envisions a future when justice is realized, where all people experience liberation, profound peace, expansive equity, and joy-filled human flourishing.

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Mission: The Church Council of Greater Seattle builds collective power through faith-rooted community organizing for transformational change toward liberation and justice. Vision: The Church Council of Greater Seattle envisions a future when justice is realized, where all people experience liberation, profound peace, expansive equity, and joy-filled human flourishing. Our theory of change articulates that personal relationships of mutuality and respect with impacted communities are the foundation for justice and expansive equity for all. The seeds of liberation are planted by following the lead of impacted communities, genuinely engaged in deep listening and learning. CCGS is fiercely committed to anti-racism practices and system change.

Ruling year info

1979

Co-Director

Tara Miller

Co-Director

Joey Lopez

Main address

PO Box 18467

Seattle, WA 98118 USA

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EIN

91-0460490

NTEE code info

Intergroup/Race Relations (R30)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (X01)

Citizen Participation (W24)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Faith Land Initiative

The Faith Land Initiative (FLI) is a unique, emergent project that serves the Seattle area. In response to the stated needs of faith communities in our network, CCGS conceptualized FLI in 2019 with the visionary ideal to transform peoples’ relationships to each other, the wider community, and the land throughout the area. We accompany, facilitate, and convene faith communities to practice discernment about faithful stewardship of buildings, parking lots, parsonages, land, and other assets within our faith communities.

FLI bridges disparate communities through an accompaniment model. Our ever-evolving cohort curriculum utilizes the faith-rooted organizing cycle of listen>learn>act>reflect for deep discernment. Anti-racist values undergird and inform the process to develop leaders who are equipped to move their communities toward acts of dignity restoration and community stewardship of land.

FLI nurtures healing and transformation within congregations and with the wider community. 

Population(s) Served

People of faith come alongside the Immigrant community in long-term accompaniment with CCGS. Built on the foundation of community relationships and steered by community need, our program has evolved to effectively center the voices and experiences of the Immigrant community.
With its allied volunteer network moving in solidarity with the Immigrant community, CCGS bears witness to the injustice and dehumanization of migrant people by the US immigration and criminal justice systems, hold these systems accountable, and fight for the dignity, respect, and safety of all migrant people.
El Grupo de Solidaridad is convened and facilitated by CCGS organizers. Initially formed as a social group, the Solidarity Group has evolved into a community with an identity, their own priorities, and the desire to take action together toward mutual liberation, nourishing each other in thriving community that centers their well-being, experiences, and voice.

Population(s) Served
People of Latin American descent

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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The Church Council of Greater Seattle convenes and catalyzes communities and people of faith to bring our spiritual commitments of love and reconciliation, peace and justice into the public square.
We aspire together to weave a world of justice through right and equitable relationships with one another. As people of faith, we uphold the values of mutual interdependence and accompaniment. These are rooted in our belief in the dignity of every human being as a child of God, the communion that we share through our unity with one another, and the solidarity that breaks down barriers that label some as “Other.” We are convinced, instead, that there is a “We” within in which we are all called to participate.

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 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

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Church Council of Greater Seattle

Board of directors
as of 06/08/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Vince Larkin

Dignity Memorial

Term: 2020 - 2023

Steve Pomeroy

Church of Christ

Vince Larkin

Acacia Memorial Park & Funeral Home

Pastor Megan Ramer

Seattle Mennonite Church

Pastor Jenn Hagedorn

Spirit of Peace UCC

Board leadership practices

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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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/7/2023

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
Non-binary, Transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/02/2023

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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 analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.