Message from the Executive Director

 
 
Jake Hershman
Initiatives of Change USA is excited to announce the start of the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) enterprise launched nationally by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation on June 28. Richmond, VA, is one of 14 communities across the United States selected by WKKF to implement this initiative. A three-year funding agreement was signed in mid-June, and we at IofC are honored that both WKKF and the Richmond community have entrusted us to shepherd TRHT in Richmond.

TRHT is premised on the idea that national and community-based transformation to heal America’s democracy must be undergirded both by a change in the prevailing historical narrative that promotes the false notion of human hierarchy and by an authentic process of healing wounds from the past and building mutually respectful relationships across racial and other social and economic lines. 

Partners from all sectors must work together to create an atmosphere conducive to difficult conversations, healing, and transformation.  IofC will convene these partners around identified areas of mutual interest across community institutions – a model that will promote the integrated leveraging of resources and assets in our community work.

During these first months of this initial TRHT effort we will be working with our community partners to build out strategies for each of the three “pillars” of TRHT (Narrative Change, Racial Healing and Relationship Building, and Transformation), and developing an evaluation plan.

We expect activities in Richmond to pick up this fall once we have a team in place. We will be in touch with our IofC/Hope in the Cities friends and alumni with specific requests for prayer, service on advisory boards or committees, volunteers to help staff events, and financial contributions that can help us continue to honor IofC/HIC’s core values, traditions, and programs well into the future. 

This opportunity will thrust IofC and the work of racial reconciliation pioneered by Hope in the Cities onto the national scene at a moment when the need for trustbuilding nationally is obvious. 

Jake Hershman, Executive Director 
July, 2017

Organization and Finance

Initiatives of Change was incorporated in the State of New York in 1941 under the name Moral Re-Armament. A Board of Directors is responsible for policy and for legal and financial affairs. Goals, strategies, and priorities are set through open and ongoing consultations with those who seek to live out and apply the values and approaches of Initiatives of Change.

Initiatives of Change (Moral Re-Armament) is classified by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) organization, gifts to which are tax deductible for federal income tax purposes.

Annual audited financial statements are provided by Keiter, Stephens, Hurst, Gary and Sheaves, PC our auditors in Richmond, VA. Audited statements are available upon request.

While foundation and corporate support for Initiatives of Change plays a significant part in the overall finances, it is the faithfulness and generosity of our individual donors that continues to make our work possible.  With a long history of volunteerism overhead expenses are kept to a minimum. Many volunteers give the priceless gifts of time and talent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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