June 2008 – The White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives hosted Innovations in Effective Compassion, a national conference event held in Washington, DC. June 26 and 27 to highlight results from the President’s Faith Based and Community Initiative. The conference, which included a keynote speech from President Bush, as well as presentations from cabinet secretaries, governors, researchers, and practitioners focused on outcomes, evaluations, and results from the Initiative’s eight year run.
Dare Mighty Things’ Dawn Pilkington offered a presentation on the best practices applied to capacity building and implemented by the most successful programs funded through this initiative. Speaking to a group of more than 200 attendees, Pilkington focused on issues of Supplying Capacity to Nontraditional Providers. Much of the content of her discussion featured results gleaned from an Intermediary Summit hosted by DMT at the White House in February 2008. Information from that summit was captured in a guidebook, Breakthrough Results: Ten Emerging Practices of Leading Intermediaries, soon to be distributed to funders, state and federal agencies, and nonprofit organizations through the following website www.innovationincompassion.hhs.gov. The Guide aims to help those at the local level apply these “best practices” and further strengthen the grassroots community that has been a hallmark of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.
The FBCI has sought to transform the way government reacts to human need by placing front-line community groups, faith-based charities and other social entrepreneurs at the center of responses to critical issues like addiction, homelessness, prisoner reentry, HIV/AIDS, orphan care, malaria and other concerns affecting high risk populations.
From the first days of his administration, President Bush has encouraged the Federal government to support these locally-rooted solutions both at home and abroad, removing barriers to government’s support for them, and expanding promising new strategies. Dare Mighty Things, Inc. has been privileged to support the FBCI through its involvement in several such programs, including Mentoring Children of Prisoners, Compassion Capital Fund, Communities Empowering Youth and others.