Friends Committee on National Legislation

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Friends Committee on National Legislation
Logo for FCNL.jpg
Motto A Quaker Lobby in the Public Interest
Formation 1943
Type Non-profit corporation
Purpose Peace and justice advocacy
Headquarters Washington, D.C.
Region served
United States
Executive Secretary
Diane Randall
Staff
40-50[1]
Website fcnl.org

The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) is a lobbying organization in the public interest founded in 1943 by members of the Religious Society of Friends. FCNL works for social and economic justice, peace, stewardship of the environment, and good government in the United States.[2]

FCNL has a General Committee of about 220 Quakers from across the United States. FCNL advocates on several issues that are extensions of the Quaker testimonies of peace, equality, simplicity, and integrity.[3]

FCNL is a member of the Win Without War coalition and Alliance for Peacebuilding, among other coalitions.

Mission[edit]

The organization's mission statement[4] gives an overview of its vision for its work:

We seek a world free of war and the threat of war
We seek a society with equity and justice for all
We seek a community where every person's potential may be fulfilled
We seek an earth restored.

Organization[edit]

Funding[edit]

Two separate organizations comprise FCNL: the FCNL Education Fund and the Friends Committee on National Legislation. The Education Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit which does not engage in lobbying, and donations to it are tax deductible. The Friends Committee on National Legislation is a 501(c)(4) civic organization which lobbies Congress.[5]

The majority of FCNL's budget comes from individual donations. FCNL is also supported by contributions from Quaker Meetings and churches (including Yearly Meetings and Quarterly Meetings), foundations, bequests and endowments.

Positions[edit]

FCNL's legislative advocacy is based on their policy statement: The World We Seek[6] which identifies the organization's policy positions.

Like other Quaker groups, FCNL's General Committee comes to unity on policy and priorities.

References[edit]

  1. ^ | Friends Committee on National Legislation
  2. ^ http://fum.org/stories-faith-peacemaking
  3. ^ http://esr.earlham.edu/support/comprehensive-case/the-vine/the-quaker-testimonies
  4. ^ The complete mission statement can be found on FCNL's website.
  5. ^ http://projects.pewforum.org/religious-advocacy/friends-committee-on-national-legislation/
  6. ^ http://fcnl.org/about/govern/policy/

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