In partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Family Assistance, National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) has designed the National Responsible Fatherhood Capacity-Building Initiative (NRFCBI) to aid grassroots and community-based organizations through a series of capacity-building grants.
These grants will empower community-based organizations by:
- developing each recipient's organizational infrastructure
- enhancing its leadership; introducing sub-awardees to new programming recommendations, and
- improving each awardee's connections in the community-at-large
Ultimately, the NRFCBI aims to strategically improve sub-awardees' capacity to provide services to local fathers and families.
The NRFCBI was developed with funds and support from the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Family Assistance. Each awardee receives a one-time $25,000 award to strengthen fathers and families in communities throughout the United States.
Each awardee is provided with National Fatherhood Initiative's professional training and technical assistance at the annual Certification College
. This intensive, 40-hour training provides leaders representing fatherhood organizations throughout the country with opportunities to plan ahead for their long term organizational growth and community leadership, and to think through how best to use these resources in the coming months.
NFI also operates, on behalf of the Office of Family Assistance (OFA), the federal government's National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC)
. Primarily a tool for professionals operating Responsible Fatherhood programs, the NRFC provides access to print and electronic publications, timely information on fatherhood issues, and targeted resources that support OFA-funded Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Marriage awardees. The NRFC website also provides essential information for other audiences interested in fatherhood issues. NFI encourages applicants and awardees of the NRFCBI to use this website and the information provided on the NRFC website
in their capacity-building efforts.