Accord Network Encourages President Trump to Pursue Religious Liberty Legislation

Accord Network is issuing a response to the leaked Executive Order on religious freedom that President Trump is considering signing. Below is a statement from Accord's Executive Director, Chad Hayward, in the form of a letter to the President.

February 14, 2017

President Donald Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear President Trump,

Accord Network wishes to thank you for the language protecting religious freedom in the executive order reportedly under consideration entitled, "Establishing a Government-Wide Initiative to Respect Religious Freedom." Accord Network further wishes to encourage you to marshal this commitment and energy in favor of legislation that will stand to protect religious freedom for years to come.

Strong religious liberty protections help ensure a thriving society, and specific legislation in support of religious liberty would be a productive step forward. The executive order in question reportedly broadly defines “faith-based organizations” so that none are excluded on a technicality. Further, the order affords faith-based organizations the integrity to hire based upon the tenets of their faith. Finally, the executive order would strengthen and shield faith based organizations--our member organizations--from unnecessary infringement upon their tax-exempt status or charitable deduction, both of which are vital to their ability to effectively help the world’s poor.

We do not believe that these freedoms must come at the expense of others, and believe that your administration, working with Congress, can lead the way to a stable consensus that enables American citizens and organizations to be good neighbors to each other, notwithstanding our differences.

While Accord Network strongly supports your efforts in the reported executive order, we believe that more permanent action is necessary to solidify the protection of religious liberty for our members in a way that will survive many administrations to come. We look forward to working with your administration to accomplish these objectives.



Chad Hayward
Executive Director
Accord Network

Accord Network is an association of more than 80 US-based Christian relief and development organizations with $4.4 billion in combined budget, 110,000 employees and millions of American donors.

MCC PMER Evaluator

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), an Accord Network member, is looking for an evaluator to co-lead an assessment of MCC’s program planning, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting (PMER) system. MCC has used outcomes-based PMER tools in its international program since 2004 and across its program in Canada and the U.S. since 2012. While MCC has worked on continuous improvements to its PMER tools and system, it is now commissioning a comprehensive evaluation of that PMER system (including its project proposal and reporting templates, its project management cycle, its tools for assessing partner capacity and appropriateness, and its analytical tools, such as gender and environmental analysis tools).

MCC is the disaster relief, community development, and peacebuilding agency of Anabaptist churches in Canada and the United States. MCC Canada and MCC U.S. jointly manage MCC’s international program in 54 countries with a global program worth USD $95 million. Internationally, MCC primarily works in partnership with local organizations for implementing program activities. In Canada and the United States, MCC implements program directly.

MCC invites applications from interested individuals to co-lead the evaluation process along with another evaluator with MCC experience. Interested persons with the following qualifications are encouraged to apply:

    Minimum 5 years’ experience in project / program planning, monitoring and evaluation;

    Minimum graduate degree in relevant field;

    Extensive knowledge of international NGO PMER systems, results-based management, social change theory, and external donor requirements;

    Excellent analytical and report writing skills;

    Experience with faith-based organizations is an strong asset;

    Fluent in English.

The evaluation will be carried out between April and August 2017 with a draft report submitted by the end of July 1, 2017 and a final report by August 2017. The evaluators will be responsible for developing the evaluation methods in consultation with the steering committee. The evaluators will review MCC PMER documentation review as well as conduct key informant interviews, surveys, and focus groups.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please write to Sue Glick ( by January 27, 2017 with a brief curriculum vitae and a letter of interest outlining relevant experience and training, how you meet the candidate requirements, and your initial ideas about conducting the review.

Webinar: Standing with the Vulnerable

Join us for webinar by our very own Gil Odendaal (VP for Integral Mission at World Relief and Accord Network Board Chair), on Feb 6, 2017, at 11:30AM, EST. Gil recently published "Standing with the Vulnerable" - a book designed to "mobilize the church to engage the great causes of our day, stand with the vulnerable and meet the needs of our neighbors as Jesus did."

We will be taking a look at Gil's book and asking him questions about:

  • How to obey the Great Commission and the Great Commandment
  • Designing your program around Integral Mission
  • Gaining organizational buy-in. Come ready to ask questions of your own!

Please submit your email address here to receive the call-in information. This webinar is free for Accord Members and $59 for nonmembers. If you have any questions, please email: jon[at]accordnetwork[dot]org.