Who We Are

Uniting Partners, Safeguarding Communities

Welcome to this community of learning, focused on safeguarding!

FADICA warmly welcomes you and your organization as you seek to understand more about safeguarding and philanthropy. In this space, we will share resources and information focused on preventing abuse, understanding and mitigating abuse risk, and developing safeguarding best practices within your organization. We want to help you support an organizational culture where the safety of vulnerable persons, clients, volunteers, and staff is prioritized and valued.

FADICA is the leading philanthropic peer network serving as a catalyst for a vital Catholic Church, Catholic ministries, and the common good. We promote the growth and effectiveness of Catholic philanthropy inspired by the joy of the Gospel and the Catholic social tradition.

Philanthropy has a vital role in promoting safeguarding and offering expert support and resources. Recognizing and embracing this role, FADICA launched its Commitment to Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection in 2020. This initiative, driven by the Funder Safeguarding Pledge, communicated funders’ commitment to supporting safe environments and extended free resources to grantee partners, including webinars, trainings, and guided consultations. 

Today, the Safeguarding Initiative continues to grow and flourish, and resources are available to any FADICA member funder or grantee partner. Join our community! We look forward to learning and collaborating with you in pursuit of safer environments.

Our Core Values

Every Person
Has Dignity
The safety and well-being of all staff, volunteers, and clients is a priority for any service provider or ministry.
Change Starts
Organizations committed to safety educate and empower their stakeholders, from leadership to team members to the community.
Access Is Critical
Access to diverse safeguarding resources, including regular orientation and training, helps organizations develop best practices.
Produces Results
Working within your network and partner organizations, alongside leaders in faith and civil society, catalyzes change.

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Team Highlight

Colleen Crawford

Program Manager, FADICA Safeguarding Initiative

Colleen connects FADICA members and grantee partners to resources, networks, and experts in abuse prevention, healing and justice efforts, and global safeguarding. Based in Washington, DC, Colleen has been a member of the FADICA team for three years and brings over ten years of nonprofit and management experience to her role. Colleen is a Certified Praesidium Guardian (CPG), a certification awarded by Praesidium, a national leader in risk management of sexual abuse of vulnerable populations. She joins a community of professionals who have demonstrated their commitment to creating a culture of safety through risk management and best practices.



Darkness to Light
Darkness to Light (D2L) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit in the United States that empowers adults to precent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse through awareness, education, and stigma reduction. D2L's work is guided by the vision of a world free from child sexual abuse, and a world in which adults form prevention-oriented communities that protect the child's right to a healthy childhood. D2L trainings, including its flagship "Stewards of Children" curriculum, are adult-focused, evidence-informed, and trauma-informed.
Praesidium specializes in preventing sexual abuse in organizations that serve youth and vulnerable adults. For more than 30 years, Praesidium has researched and conducted root cause analyses of thousands of cases of sexual abuse across a diverse range of organizations. The company employs more than 50 staff, including licensed social workers, lawyers, and health care researchers, and has served over 5,000 clients with a broad range of products and services, including online and instructor–led trainings, organizational risk assessments, model policies, and background checks. Having trained more than one million people online and hundreds of thousands in person, Praesidium is the largest and most comprehensive sexual abuse risk management firm globally.
Keeping Children Safe
Keeping Children Safe (KCS) is an international not-for-profit registered in the United Kingdom, solely focused on child safeguarding. KCS set out internationally recognized child safeguarding standards for organizations around the world, and KCS is committed to consulting with children and their caregivers. KCS is a membership network that offers workshops and trainings in multiple languages. All work is evidence-based and subject to continuous monitoring, improvement and external review by its Independent Review Committee.
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