Faith Communities Together for a Sustainable Future first gathered in the summer of 2011. Starting out with 50 attendees at its first meeting at East Shore Unitarian Universalist Church in Kirtland, Ohio, FaCT has grown to include participants from more than 40 churches and other religious communities in 16 Ohio counties and a few in West Virginia.
The organization includes a large and active chapter based at West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church in Rocky River, Ohio as well as two affiliates FaCT-OV - Fact of the Ohio Valley, based at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Ohio Valley and FaCT-Athens based at OU in Athens. Most FaCT members carry out the FaCT mission in their own churches and communities through environmental committees or “green teams.”
In 2015, the organization became more formalized, incorporating as a non-profit in the State of Ohio, adopting Mission and Vision Statements, drafting By-Laws, and electing its first Board of Directors.
In December 2016, FaCT was granted 501c3 tax-exempt status by the IRS, allowing for tax-exempt donations to the organization.
In 2015, FaCT began its Ohio Health Registry Project under the leadership of Dr. Debbie Cowden of Loudenville.
FaCT usually has five statewide meetings each year at rotating locations, mainly in eastern Ohio, the area of the state most heavily impacted by oil and gas drilling, especially by fracking.
The FaCT Board of Directors meet several times a year between general statewide meetings. There is usually one in-person Board meeting per year, with the other Board meetings conducted by video conference.
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FaCT-Faith Communities Together for a Sustainable Future is incorporated in the State of Ohio as a non-profit organization and is classified by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service as a 501c3 tax exempt public charity. Under IRS rules, donations to FaCT are tax-deductible.