Elevate FASTEN

Trevecca Nazarene University's Center for Social Justice




Dr. Sherman has had the distinct privilege of helping to design and launch the new J.V. Morsch Center for Social Justice at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville. Over the course of nearly two years, she conducted research on existing initiatives, led the design of a new four-year curriculum for a B.A. degree in social justice, and provided leadership in acquiring grant funding and university funding to support a variety of innovative programs that serve both campus and community.

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Ele:Vate is a multi-partner initiative to train urban youth workers to educate and inspire young people about financial literacy and entrepreneurship.


FASTEN (Faith and Service Technical Education Network) offers networking opportunities and informational resources to equip faith-based practitioners, pubic administrators, and private philanthropists seeking to collaborate effectively to renew urban communities. CFIC oversees the FASTEN web site, a clearinghouse with hundreds of practical, relevant resources for faith-based practitioners that help them do what they do even better.


CFIC provides free and fee-for-service technical assistance. We seek primarily to serve Christian community ministry practitioners, but also respond to requests for help from researchers and public officials working on faith-based initiatives.

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Hispanic Research Charitable Choice Intermediaries Social Entrepreneurship





In 2003, Sherman and her staff team, with help from researchers at the Urban Leadership Institute, surveyed over 450 Protestant Hispanic pastors from around the nation to learn about their congregations' community serving activities.

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Since 1996, Sherman and her research team have been on the front lines of research on the implementation of Charitable Choice nationwide.

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During this 2002 project, CFIC Director Amy Sherman identified, described, assessed, and analyzed several key faith-based intermediary organizations that were (a) building capacity within the faith community and (b) serving as bridge-builders in partnerships between local FBOs/congregations and government agencies.

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In June 2004, Sherman and staff completed a 12-city survey of faith-based social service organizations that sought to identify those that operate "earned income ventures." These are for-profit initiatives that both advance the FBO's social mission and contribute to its financial sustainability.

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