Q&As about Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota

July 30
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Over the years, Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota® has received many questions. I thought it would be helpful to answer a few of these, since for every question asked, there are likely many others who have the same question but have not asked it.

What is your overall goal? A state and nation where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished.

That’s nice, but what do you actually do? We work towards this goal in many ways, but the major ones are: training and helping elect Christian candidates, creating and advancing bills during legislative session, speaking at churches and with other groups to inspire people to get involved with expressing their faith through the political process, and working together with allied organizations who share our vision for North Dakota.

What is your position on LGBTQ issues as they relate to family values? We firmly believe that all people are created by God and therefore have inherent worth and dignity, regardless of their beliefs on things such as LGBTQ issues. That said, not unlike the freedom of beliefs afforded LGBTQ individuals, we are free to believe that sexually is determined biologically at birth and that marriage is between one man and one woman. We are also opposed to favoring one group at the expense of the religious freedoms of other citizens.

Are you one of those radical anti-abortion groups? No, we are not. We believe that life begins at conception and ends at natural death. However, we advance these biblically based beliefs in peaceful and primarily policy methods. We do this by working closely with other strongly pro-life North Dakota groups such as the Catholic Conference, Concerned Women for America, and North Dakota Right to Life to advance bills, lobby for pro-life causes, and speak to outside groups to advance a biblical understanding of life issues.

How can you impose your morality on other North Dakotans? All policy and laws are based on some form of morality, from vandalism laws to DUI prevention efforts to Roe v. Wade. Our moral stance happens to be based on biblical principles.

Besides abortion and LGBTQ issues, what else do you work on? Other areas of work include stopping human trafficking, protecting religious freedom for businesses, ensuring parental rights on education issues, curtailing sports gambling, and many more.

Are you Christian? Yes, we are a Christian organization.

Are you affiliated with a particular party? We are nonpartisan.

How are you funded? We are funded by the generous giving of people such as yourself. We have no other source of funding.

Are you a big or small nonprofit? We are a small nonprofit. While we do receive administrative support from our central organization in Colorado Springs, we have just one person in North Dakota. With more funding, we would like to expand our reach by hiring a person focused on church relations and another on policy. We also make use of volunteers, as appropriate.

Are my donations to you tax deductible? You can choose! Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota is not tax exempt, in part because IRS requirements don’t allow this if a nonprofit engages in things like elections [link to c(4) page]. However, our sister organization Family Policy Foundation of North Dakota is tax exempt and many of our operations are funded this way [link to c(3) page]. Donations to either of these entities help us accomplish our mission.

I’m confused by your giving cards. Why does the address say Colorado Springs? Processing of all donations is done by our support services in Colorado Springs, so eventually every donation gets processed there. They have the data tools, computing systems, and staff to do this much more efficiently than here in North Dakota. However, regardless of address on a return card or online form being used, our procedures ensure that all donations given by anyone living in North Dakota go directly to fund the work here in our state.

If you value our work, please consider donating a tax deductible or nondeductible financial gift. Thank you for your support, and may God bless all of us as we fight for biblical principles.

Sincerely,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director