Sagamore Institute administers one of America's most comprehensive and informative faith-based service tools, the Faith and Service Technical Education Network's (FASTEN) award-winning website. FASTEN is a collaborative effort involving researchers from Sagamore Institute and the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.
Fasten's goal is to assist and equip faith-based organizations (FBOs) in providing social services. Under Amy Sherman's direction, the FASTEN website equips faith-based practitioners, private philanthropies, and public administrators with the resources, information, and tools they need to be successful.
An initiative of Pew Charitable Trusts, FASTEN actively identifies best practices in faith-based services and multi-sector collaboration and produces and disseminates educational materials for practitioners in the public and private sectors. The website features practical tools, including how-to guides, curriculum reviews, tutorials, book summaries, and profiles of effective models; a peer-to-peer learning community; and up-to-date information on best practices.
Sherman also leads FASTEN's Partners in Transformation (PiT) awards program. The 2005 PiT awards recognized effective examples of collaboration between faith-based groups and the public sector in tackling social problems. The 2005 and 2006 PiT reports are available below, along with a link to FASTEN's website.