The Centers for Faith and Opportunity Initiative (CFOI) at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) engages faith-based organizations and community members to maximize their participation in policies, partnerships, and funding opportunities, and minimize regulatory burdens that interfere with their First Amendment freedoms.

It is the policy of this administration to encourage faith-based organizations to participate in policies, federal grants, and other opportunities. DOL recognizes that faith-based organizations have a sterling record in promoting the common good. No matter their goal, whether to aid trafficking victims, help drug addicts break the cycle of addiction, provide education to the underserved, or assist prisoners reentering the workforce, faith-based organizations are meeting and exceeding the needs of their communities every day.

We are eager to hear from you on how DOL can make our funding opportunities more accessible to your organization. Moreover, please do not hesitate to contact us if the practice of your religious beliefs has caused DOL to hinder your organization from performing its vital work.

CFOI Leadership

  • Mark Zelden, Director


On May 3, 2018, President Donald J. Trump established the Centers for Faith and Opportunity Initiative through the Executive Order on the Establishment of a White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative.