TJJD Supports the Texas Faith-Based & Community Initiative

In 2009, the Texas Legislature created legislation creating an Interagency Coordinating Group (ICG) of State Agency Liaisons charged with improving the working relationship between faith-based and community organizations and the State Government. This legislation was the first of its kind, and is another example of how Texas is leading the nation in recognizing how critical it is for government and nonprofits, including faith-based groups, to work side-by-side as true partners in addressing our social problems.

The social sector includes organizations that share a public mission with government to address and reduce the effect of social problems, thereby improving people's quality of life. In Texas, this sector is made up of both faith-based and secular nonprofit organizations that possess unique strengths in serving those in need that government cannot duplicate. In order to meet the growing need for social services, it is critical that individuals, private business, government and particularly faith-based and community organizations are positioned to work together as committed and effective partners.

The Texas Faith-Based & Community Initiative is focused on encouraging cross-sector collaborations between government, faith-based and community groups and other entities, such as private sector businesses.

What are Faith-Based and Community Organizations?

The term “faith-based and community organizations” is sometimes used to describe nonprofit organizations with the intent of being inclusive of both religious and secular organizations. Regardless of religion, most, if not all, Texas nonprofits are typically engaged in some sort of effort to improve our communities, whether it involves directly improving the community by providing services to clients or indirectly improving the community by advocating for changes to social policies; therefore, the term “community organizations” could be considered inclusive of all Texas nonprofits.

What makes an organization faith-based?

There is not a common definition used to designate an organization as “faith-based,” so most often this term refers to nonprofit organizations that self-identify themselves as being motivated by religious faith or affiliated with a religious institution. There is no doubt that faith plays an important role in many individual’s decisions to volunteer or work for nonprofits, but the term “faith-based” is generally used to describe the organization as a whole and not any individual staff member or volunteer’s religious motivations. The Texas Faith-Based and Community Initiative recognizes nonprofit organizations that self-identify as faith-based to be important players in our efforts to solve community problems. The Initiative seeks to provide a level playing field for both faith-based and secular community organizations by strengthening everyone’s efforts to collaborate with each other and with state and federal government to better serve our communities

Does your Organization Wish to Partner with TJJD?

Partnering with state agencies can be a mysterious and frustrating process for many faith-based and community organizations. Some individuals may want to support citizens in need by volunteering through a state agency. Other organizations may wish to provide services through a memorandum of understanding or a memorandum of agreement with no exchange of funds. You can learn more about volunteer and voluntary partnership opportunities in TJJD by contacting Dianna Hughes at 512-490-7662 or

Many organizations choose to respond to a request for proposals (RFP) to compete for state funding to provide services to citizens in need. State agencies are funded through legislation that is tied to specific services (for example Substance Abuse Treatment Services or Non-Secure Residential Services). The state budget through the legislative process allocates funding to each agency so they can provide those specific services. TJJD will accept unsolicited proposals; however, contracts are awarded based on the agency’s needs. Proposals will be kept on file for up to a year. In the event a need arises during the year, service providers will be contacted. TJJD is always looking for innovative or passionate service providers that have a desire to serve TJJD youth and your community. You can learn more about contracting with TJJD by contacting Kenneth Ming at 512-490-7261 or email

Frequently Asked Questions

To learn more about business opportunities with the state please read the "Contracting with the State" Frequently Asked Questions.