Since 1977, FaithTrust Institute has addressed violence in our communities through our prevention and intervention training and educational materials. As a multifaith nonprofit, we bring a unique perspective that empowers victims and survivors to draw upon faith as a resource. We are also dedicated to the elimination of the misuse of faith, which can be a roadblock on the path to healing.
Why Our Donors Give
Representing Individuals: Gail and Allen Hinand
For many years, Dr. Gail Hinand, retired vice president and director of counseling at Massachusetts College of Arts, and retired American Baptist minister Rev. Allen Hinand have been concerned about domestic violence in families within their churches. They are even more concerned about sexual abuse by clergy and how damaging it is to those victimized, their families and their congregations. Gail and Allen support FaithTrust Institute because We have had women come to us for counseling who have said they didn't believe their faith community would help them deal with rape or incest. We told them about this national organization that is about changing religious institutions so that people can get the help they need from their faith communities Gail and Allen know that there are many more safe sanctuaries now than there were 20 years ago because of the work of FaithTrust Institute. They also know that there is much more work to be done and they want to continue to be a part of that through their continued support.
Representing Faith Communities: Rev. Donna Frey DeCou, Ravenna Presbyterian Church
As the retired minister of Ravenna Presbyterian Church, Donna supports the work of FaithTrust Institute because she fully respects FaithTrust Institute's bold proclamation of naming the abuse and identifying its causes in various situations. Additionally, she states "FaithTrust Institute's education and awareness approach is most effective at getting to the root causes of sexual and domestic violence." Donna also values our interfaith and ecumenical approach which reveals that "FaithTrust Institute is committed to addressing this problem in all religious areas and truly bringing religious institutions to a place of accountability and authenticity." Rev. Donna Frey Decou has also supported our work through congregational outreach programs that provide financial gifts to various nonprofits.