Family Promise has a vision to ensure that every family has a home, livelihood, and chance to build a better future. The leading national provider of services to families facing homelessness, Family Promise delivers innovative solutions including prevention, shelter, and stabilization services via 200 Affiliates across 43 states. The national office based in Summit, NJ has a staff of 36 and an annual budget of over $7M. Through its community-based programs and over 200,000 volunteers, Family Promise has served 1 million family members since its founding more than 30 years ago. In 2020, Affiliates served more than 177,000 people, and 81% of families in shelter secured housing, within 9 weeks of entering the program on average. Family Promise is one of only 71 nonprofits in the U.S. that has received a perfect 100-point score from Charity Navigator and has received a top designation from the nonprofit evaluator for eight consecutive years. Learn more here about Family Promise’s Core Values and how they shape the work: Hospitality, Empathy, Community, Dynamism, Innovation, and Empowerment.
Founded in 1986, Family Promise began in the midst of an emergent crisis; the previous year, the primary cause of foster care placements among children in New Jersey was neither abuse nor neglect – it was their mothers becoming homeless. Communities and congregations came together to take action and forged a novel approach: using resources in the community to help those who had lost their homes, including buildings for shelter, community partners for services, and volunteers to staff overnights. This model created community among families and volunteers and gave immediate needed support to families while preserving their safety and dignity.
Today, Family Promise has evolved to include robust initiatives that prevent homelessness, divert families from shelter, and stabilize them long-term. In fact, most people served are not in shelter, but people at risk of homelessness. However, family homelessness is as pressing an issue as it has ever been. Housing affordability is at crisis levels, the gap in skills and income has grown, and the legacy of racism, the criminalization of poverty, and lack of opportunity for many low-income families have made housing instability a pernicious and generational crisis. Learn more here about the diversity of programs and services Family Promise provides.
With an urgency to grow and serve more families in need, Family Promise is honing its successful federated model as each of its unique Affiliates incubate and innovate new ideas and respond flexibly to needs across over 200 unique communities. Affiliates are addressing the needs of families holistically, mobilizing volunteers, spotlighting the root causes of homelessness, and identifying new ways to empower families. As the national housing crisis worsens and affects one in 30 children every year, Family Promise has an ambitious strategic plan to drive new resources to amplify impact on a local and national level.
Family Promise’s next CEO will build upon a strong foundation created in partnership between the national team and a vibrant community of Affiliates, staff, volunteers, and families, following the departure of a successful leader. This moment calls for an inspirational leader with a deep passion for ending family homelessness, a vision for driving sustainable growth and impact, an aptitude for fundraising, and a commitment to collaborative, agile, performance- and mission-driven leadership. With the support of an engaged board and talented, diverse staff at both the national and Affiliate levels, this is a tremendous opportunity to lead a movement at scale to end family homelessness.
You can find more information and apply here.
This search is being led by Allison Kupfer Poteet and Sarah Hecklau of the national search firm NPAG. Candidates may submit their cover letter, outlining their interest and qualifications, along with their resume via NPAG’s candidate portal.
Family Promise strives to be an inclusive organization that fosters learning, collaboration, and respect. All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or other non-merit factors.