In 1997 Family Care Foundation (FCF) initiated its global relief and development network, the Mission Support & Humanitarian Services Program (MSHSP), to provide humanitarian services and address the capacity-building and training needs of grassroots organizations worldwide.
FCF’s critical strength is the breadth, depth and scope of our programs. Based on the premise that there are many effective programs and approaches already making a lasting difference in the lives of others, we attempt to identify existing, successful programs to help achieve our mission, and to help them build their capacity.
Through working in joint venture partnerships and coalitions that strengthen global grassroots philanthropy and its leadership, our unique approach leverages the resources entrusted to our care. FCF provides for our Project Partners the support network, information disbursement, education, training, capacity building, technical assistance, and seed funds. We also provide monitoring, evaluation, and grant administration as an intermediary for US-based funders.
By drawing on a wide range of training, educational, and advocacy resources, as well as networking with other agencies, the yield is fruitful partnerships and collaborations on both the operational, as well as the funding level, with a diverse array of partner agencies and individuals. We coordinate similar programs on a global level, identify and share best practices among Project Managers, market global needs, obtain donor support, and coordinate required and appropriate reporting.
Our programs build on the extensive experience and broad network of our local Project Managers, the majority of whom have years of hands-on experience in humanitarian and/or missionary work. Many are citizens of the nations they serve and/or have extensive experience in their respective countries, are fluent in the local language, knowledgeable of the local culture, and have broad, enthusiastic support from government agencies, businesses, and donors. The fact that FCF Project Partners tend to enjoy strong links and relationships with a host of government officials, private businesses, and influential individuals, has helped earn FCF a proven track record for implementing change in the communities we serve.
Last but not least, one of FCF's core values is to remain extremely cost-effective in our use of charitable dollars. "We strive to keep FCF's administrative overhead as low as possible," concurs Lawrence Corley, executive director of Family Care Foundation. "Cost effectiveness is further multiplied by the increased buying power of the dollar abroad, and the fact that grassroots investment offers a tremendous return on philanthropic investment."