CASE STUDY

Tri-Faith Initiative & American Muslim Institute

OBJECTIVE

Fostering the development of the globally unique Tri-Faith Initiative of Omaha. Supporting AMI’s commitment to improving the public perception of Islam through a greater understanding of its core values of acceptance, compassion, equality, justice, and peace.

STRATEGY

VGA guided community faith leaders to bring their vision to reality, acting as a facilitator and liaison among all stakeholders. VGA supported the Tri-Faith Initiative with strategic planning, board development, marketing, communications, and event management services.

Omaha’s Tri-Faith Initiative was founded in 2006 when community leaders of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faiths agreed to co-locate their houses of worship on a shared campus. Today, Temple Israel, the American Muslim Institute (AMI), and Countryside Community Church have realized that early vision. Their places of worship share common ground and embody the Tri-Faith mission to cultivate inclusive environments to advance interfaith relationships and understanding.

From early on, VGA has been instrumental in the Tri-Faith Initiative’s success. VGA has facilitated these community faith leaders to bring their early vision into the globally recognized campus it is today. We acted as a guide and liaison among all stakeholders. VGA has supported the Initiative with strategy planning, board development, marketing, communications, and event management services. Key support includes:

  • Capital campaign to raise the $1 million necessary to purchase Tri-Faith’s land on the campus in west Omaha and $8 million for the building.
  • Fundraising dinner event – Dinner in Abraham’s Tent, with over 700 guests – raised over $85,000.
  • Led fundraising efforts for the AMI’s mosque and educational center on the Tri-Faith Commons in May of 2017.
  • Community Open House for AMI with over 2,000 community members in attendance.
  • Capital campaign to raise the funds for the Commons’ Tri-Faith Center with the goals of encouraging interaction among the faith groups and providing engaging interfaith programming for the general public.
“VGA has been an integral part of the success of the Tri-Faith Initiative of Omaha, Nebraska since 2006. They have certainly played a vital role in bringing this dream to a reality.”
Bob Freeman, Chairman Tri-Faith Board of Directors