National Fatherhood Initiative

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National Fatherhood Initiative
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Founded March 7, 1994 (1994-03-07)
Founder Don Eberly
Key people Christopher A. Brown;(President)

The National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) is a non-profit, non-partisan, non-sectarian organization that aims to improve the well-being of children through the promotion of responsible fatherhood. Headquartered in Germantown, Maryland, United States, its mission is to improve the well-being of children by increasing the proportion of children with involved, responsible, and committed fathers. NFI was founded on March 7, 1994 by Don Eberly, a civil society scholar.[1][2][3]

Its three-fold mission is to educate and inspire all Americans, equip organizations and fathers in six different sectors, and engage all sectors of society around this issue. The three target sectors of its equipping strategy are military, corrections, and community-based organizations. The organization also produced and disseminated a national public service advertising campaign, in partnership with the Ad Council. The campaign included print, television, radio, Internet, and outdoor ads.[4]

In 2004, there was a small amount of controversy in response to NFI-produced bus stop advertisements, which some thought implied that African American men were not good fathers.[5][6][7]

Although the size of NFI's staff has decreased over the last 5 years, the organization remains by some measures the largest provider of fatherhood resources in the nation. Since 2004, NFI has distributed over 6.5 million fatherhood resources, and since 2002 has trained over 12,900 practitioners from over 5,900 organizations on how to deliver fatherhood programming to dads.[citation needed] These programs include 24/7 Dad, the most widely used fatherhood curriculum in the country, and InsideOut Dad, the only evidence-based program designed specifically for incarcerated fathers.

Carlos Alcazar, CEO of the Hispanic Communications Network, is the board chairman, and Christopher A. Brown is the organization's president after serving as executive vice president for 3 years.


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