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The Quest for Fatherhood Program Funding

If you read my last blog in this series, you have some great ideas for creating a logic model or a father engagement plan for your program. Now, you need a way to pay for your program. And pay for it over the long-term.

How are you going to find funding for all this much needed fatherhood work?

Let's chat funding.

200+ Ideas for Recruiting Dads into Fatherhood Programs

Crescent City WIC Services in Gretna, LA provides the USDA-funded Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, or WIC for short. Crescent City WIC recently launched a fatherhood program called 504 Dads. (The area code for Gretna is 504.) They use the 24/7 Dad® program as the foundation of 504 Dads.

A few weeks ago, I received an email from the staffer at Crescent City WIC in charge of the launch. She told me about their struggles to get dads enrolled in 504 Dads. She mentioned their plan to bring community organizations together to generate referrals and to help Crescent City WIC brainstorm ways to recruit dads into the program. She asked for any advice or resources NFI could provide.

Creating a Sustainable Fatherhood Program

Do you think of the word "sustainable" when you think "fatherhood program"? If not, please do. One of the most common things we hear from organizations who run fatherhood programs is that they ran out of funding, or, that it wasn't something they could afford to keep. It wasn't sustainable.

Creating a sustainable fatherhood program from the start is key. Why put all of that effort into something if it's not going to last?

So let's talk sustainability.

We Can Help You Solve the Mystery of Marketing Your Fatherhood Program

Marketing. Maybe you love it, maybe you hate it. Maybe you just don't know how to do it. When it comes to promoting your fatherhood program, good marketing is necessary.

For years we've heard from practitioners that recruiting dads is their biggest challenge. But, with the right marketing assets (think: print and online templates) that communicate a cohesive, catchy message (which includes your program logo and custom info), you can most definitely become the "marketing ninja" your organization needs to bring those dads in the door.

Introducing the NEW 'Be There' Campaign Kit: customizable marketing materials to recruit fathers into your fatherhood program. Read on to learn more.

Eva Grace and the Most Gut-Wrenching Fatherhood Story Ever

(Mitzi Aylor/Aylor Photography)


When you work with dads in fatherhood programs, you try to imbue them with the motivation to become as involved in the lives of their children as possible.

How to Choose the Best Tools for Your Fatherhood Program

People sometimes ask how NFI came to be the nations's leading provider of programs and resources for dads. Well, it all stems from our long history of providing the latest research on the affects on children and society as a result father absence, and the benefits of father involvement.

It wasn't good enough for us to simply state the research and facts. We needed to take action on those facts at a national level to work to reverse the nation's trend of father absence. So in 2001, we began building an extensive portfolio of high quality fatherhood skill-building resources, curricula, and training (think: tools) to equip organizations around the country to help men be the best dads they could be. We now have over 100. Whoa.

So how do I select the best NFI tools and resources for my organization, you say? I'm glad you asked.

4 Recommendations for Working with Ex-Prisoners

Working with dads reentering society from prison is one of the great challenges in serving dads. 

That's why a recent brief released by the Urban Institute on their evaluation of six federally-funded reentry programs is so welcome for organizations and individuals involved in promoting responsible fatherhood.

‘Inside Out Dad’ Teaches Incarcerated Dads to be Better Fathers

WASHINGTON COUNTY — Every Tuesday inside Purgatory Correctional Facility a special class titled “InsideOut Dad®” takes place. It is a program aimed at teaching incarcerated dads how to be better fathers and one that has the potential to positively change the lives of both the inmates and their families.

There is a fatherhood crisis sweeping across the nation, said Kelly Kendall, the class instructor and fatherhood education coordinator. From the media’s portrayal of the “idiot” father think Homer Simpson — to the staggering real statistics, fatherhood is floundering.

Hear from the fathers at Purgatory Correctional on how this evidence-based fatherhood program is changing their lives.

Creating the "Hook" for Your Fatherhood Program

There are many fatherhood programs with dedicated staff, curriculum, a facility, and community support – but lack participants. This is the biggest complaint we hear. 

It's a fact that getting dads involved in your programs and services takes planning and skill.

So let me ask you: what's your hook? 

Why Kids are Incarceration’s “Collateral” Victims

Approximately 1 in every 28 American children has a parent behind bars. Roughly 52% of state inmates and 63% of federal inmates have minor children and, with more than 2.3 million adults incarcerated today in the United States, that represents a large population of youngsters whose lives have been disrupted through no fault of their own.

Research has already shown that the incarceration of a parent, and the effects of fatherless homes, results in a host of developmental challenges that are among the often overlooked “collateral consequences” of incarceration, such as academic difficulties, behavioral problems, illicit drug use, and socio-emotional skills deficits.

One more should be added: Having a parent in prison also take a toll on children’s sleep and eating patterns.

Is Your Own Organization Getting in the Way?

I hear time and again from community-based organizations or pregnancy centers that they want to serve dads, and in some cases, hove gone as as far as creating a fatherhood program with volunteers and staff to run it... but they "don't get any dads". And they just don't understand why.

Well, my response to this statement is usually quite surprising. I respond with questions around how fully fathers are integrated into the organization's mission, leadership, physical center, intake forms, programs, resources, etc. In return, I often get a blank stare (and then, usually, a light bulb moment!)

As I continue my series of blogs on 7 Steps to Starting a Successful Fatherhood Program, let's discuss a tool that helps you determine how friendly your organization is to fathers, so that you can get from A (nothing for dads) to B (success in serving fathers).

What Dads Should Know about Liability

What should dads know about responsible fatherhood and liability in regard to being a parent? A lot, as it turns out.

As the father of 22 and 19-year-old girls, I can't tell you the number of times through the years that I've learned about a parent who hosted or otherwise "allowed" a party to take place at their home where their children and friends drank alcohol. In some cases, a child drank too much and had to be rushed to the hospital. In a couple of other cases, a child died.

Making the Case for a Fatherhood Program

Planning for, and starting a fatherhood program can seem daunting. Perhaps overwhelming. But we're here to help.

Over the next 7 weeks, I will cover the 7 Steps to Starting a Successful Fatherhood Program. Whether you're looking to do something small or large, these tips will no doubt set you on the right path to better engage fathers.

So let's get started with Step 1: Making the Case for a Fatherhood Program.

Powerful Jedi Mind Trick to Help Dads Deal with Tough Situations

Whether you work with dads one-on-one or in a group setting, you know that many of them face tough situations in trying to be more involved, responsible, and committed to their children. 

"Daddy Don't Go" [Movie Trailer]

Many of the nation’s top sociologists and policy makers consider fatherlessness to be the most pressing issue facing American families today. Further, disadvantaged fathers in particular face numerous obstacles in raising their children, and some fail to shoulder the responsibility. Those who stay are more important than ever and must be supported.

That's why movies like "Daddy Don't Go" are so important to our culture and to the people who work tirelessly to help families and children enjoy economic and family stability. 

Read on to learn more, and for details on acquiring the film at 50% off.

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