Start a Covenant Partner

Communities know best what their biggest housing problems are and how to bring people together to solve them. The real work of The Fuller Center is at the local level — where funds are raised, volunteers are mobilized, families are selected and nurtured and houses are built or rehabilitated.

Covenant partners are local organizations that sign an agreement with The Fuller Center to build or renovate houses for families in need in a particular area. The Fuller Center helps local organizations by providing expertise, training, funding, name recognition and providing for information sharing. The Fuller Center firmly believes that bureacracy and red tape should not interfere with the mission of housing God's people in need. Covenant partners will find that The Fuller Center is a true grass-roots organization with low overhead, allowing as much funds as possible to go straight to the work in the field.

To inquire about starting a covenant partnership with The Fuller Center in the United States or Canada, contact Stacey Odom-Driggers at sdriggers@fullercenter.org or call 229-924-2900.

To inquire about starting an international covenant partnership with The Fuller Center, contact Ryan Iafigliola at ryani@fullercenter.org or call 229-924-2900

Why partner with The Fuller Center?

Compassion: All of our covenant partners begin with one thing in common, a small group of like-minded individuals have compassion for their neighbors who are in need of a better place to live and they want to do something to respond to this need.

No fees: There is no fee to become a covenant partner, nor any annual fees — though partners are encouraged to tithe to help support our work internationally in less-fortunate countries.

Start-up support: The Fuller Center offers a start-up challenge grant, as well as a group 501(c)(3), Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws template. We will prepare you a customized logo for your letterhead and signage.

Volunteer support: If you would like to host volunteer teams, we offer U.S. Builders recruitment and registration services through our headquarters.

Networking: Peer-to-peer networking with successful leaders in an affordable housing movement with a 40-year legacy; this includes our monthly conference call, covenant partner to covenant partner mentoring, annual leadership conference, and other gatherings such as the annual Millard Fuller Legacy Build.

Communications: Free webpage on FullerCenter.org with information about your covenant partner, needs and a donation button where funds can be specifically designated for your covenant partner. You'll also be a part of our social media and news web on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and a busy news stream on our home page. Our communications team stands ready to help you with media relations for major events.

Fundraising assistance: In addition to designated donations processed through your page on our site, we also offer customizable online fundraising pages for special events. Our national headquarters also offers grant writing technical support and help providing grantors with audits and bookkeeping services.  

Training and technical support: We offer compliance support for required IRS 990 filings, U.S. Treasury Anti-Money Laundering Policy and Fair Housing Laws. We also provide training in many areas at our annual conference and through an extensive online operations manual.

Program guidance:
We'll be happy to share expertise in Fuller Center programs such as New Construction, ReNew (major renovations), Greater Blessing (small repairs), Faith Builders, ReUse Stores and hosting U.S. Builders teams.

Discounts and services: Utilize our national volunteer accident insurance program and discounted volunteer background checks and applicant credit reports.
 
Local control: You know best what work is needed in your community. We stand ready to assist you in that mission, not dictate.

Legacy and credibility: The Fuller name is synonymous with the world's affordable housing movement. Being officially associated with The Fuller Center for Housing gives you instant credibility with volunteers, donors, churches and other groups in your community.