Our staff includes Quakers and non-Quakers from all walks of life. Based across the street from Senate office buildings, our lobbyists have a short walk to Capitol Hill meetings. Organizers and communications staff connect people around the country with their power to change policy in Washington. The finance, administration and building team and the development team provide a strong foundation for our continued work.
With a large and growing staff, FCNL posts job openings frequently. Positions are generally open until filled, although young adult program deadlines are cyclical. FCNL seeks to create a diverse workplace. We actively solicit applicants from different ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds.
The Friends Committee on National Legislation is grounded in prophetic, persistent, powerful work for a better world.
We carry out this vision by talking with public officials, urging them to change government policies that perpetuate all forms of injustice — from the violation of human rights, to war, to degradation of our earth, to the unbalanced priorities of our federal budget.
FCNL’s influence in Washington stems from the integrity and truthfulness of our arguments and the strength of our grassroots network. Our staff act with the support and participation of Friends and other like-minded people nationwide.
As a Quaker lobby in the public interest, we believe that there is that of God in everyone. It comes through in our goals, and it comes through in our approach. Our meetings with congressional offices inform them of our position but also provide an opportunity to listen to and learn from their perspective. We build relationships by finding and speaking to the divine light in each person we encounter.
We are committed to working with everyone, no matter their party or history, to effect change. We have found over the past seven decades that our big wins come from coalition building and reaching across the aisle. This nonpartisan foundation strengthens our credibility with members of Congress of all parties.
Positions, Governance and Policy
FCNL’s legislative agenda arises from a process of worshipful discernment, carried out by Friends in hundreds of Quaker meetings and churches across the country. We are governed by a General Committee, a board of nearly 200 Quakers from around the country who represent a range of organizations, perspectives and theological traditions within the Religious Society of Friends. Every two years, the General Committee determines FCNL's legislative priorities based on our overall policy statement: The World We Seek.
Finances and Stewardship
FCNL comprises two organizations. The Friends Committee on National Legislation is a 501(c)(4) civic organization, and the FCNL Education Fund is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Donations to the latter are tax-deductible.
FCNL's combined financials are strong, with Annual Fund contributions exceeding of $3 million yearly as of FY 2013. A majority of our income comes from individual donors, and both monthly giving and individual donations are on the rise.
The world we seek
We seek a world free of war and the threat of war
We seek a society with equity and justice for all
We seek a community where every person's potential may be fulfilled
We seek an earth restored