ANBI status

The Orthodox Peace Fellowship in The Netherlands/OPF-Nederland – AMBI status:

The “Orthodox Peace Fellowship” foundation is registered as a charitable institution for Dutch fiscal purposes (ANBI) as an annexed institution of the ’Stichting Orthodoxe Kerk In Nederland’ (Foundation Orthodox Church in the Netherlands). An ANBI may use certain tax advantages in cases of inheritance and donations. Also tax benefits for donors may apply. As an ANBI, we are required to publish certain information, including an updated report on the activities carried out and a financial statement. See the links below.

De stichting ’Orthodox Peace Fellowship’ heeft een registratie als algemeen nut beogende instelling (ANBI) als annexe instelling van de ’Stichting Orthodoxe Kerk In Nederland’. Een ANBI kan gebruikmaken van bepaalde belastingvoordelen bij erven en schenkingen heeft fiscale voordelen voor donateurs. Een ANBI is verplicht tot publicatie van een aantal gegevens waaronder een actueel verslag van de uitgeoefende activiteiten en een financiële verantwoording.

Naam instelling: Stichting ‘Orthodox Peace Fellowship’
Handelsnaam: OPF
RSIN nummer: 816036536
Postadres: Kanisstraat 5, 1811 GJ Alkmaar, The Netherlands
Doelstelling OPF: Het verenigen van de activiteiten van de leden van de verschillende orthodox-christelijke kerken die:

  • Geweldloze oplossing van conflicten voorstaan
  • Weigeren persoonlijk deel te nemen aan oorlog of goedkeuring te hechten aan oorlogsvoorbereidingen
  • Streven naar de opbouw van een maatschappelijke orde waarin niemand wordt uitgebuit of onderdrukt:
  • Een menselijke behandeling van gevangenen voorstaan
  • Trachten bitterheid en strijd te voorkomen door een einde te maken aan geschillen

Werkzaamheden: OPF tracht haar doel te verwezenlijken door:

  • De doelstelling zoveel mogelijk uit te dragen en door zoveel mogelijk orthodox-christenen zich aan te laten aansluiten bij de stichting
  • Het contact tussen de aangesloten orthodox-christenen te vergroten door publicaties op de website van OPF
  • Het organiseren van bijeenkomsten en conferenties en het ontplooien van andere binnen de doelstelling passende activiteiten

Werving gelden: OPF wordt gefinancierd door donaties
Beheer vermogen: het vermogen van OPF wordt beheert in bankrekeningen waarover de bestuurders van OPF beschikken
Besteding vermogen: de voornaamste uitgave van OPF bestaat uit het onderhoud van de website van OPF en uit kosten voor

Functie bestuurders:

  • Voorzitter: Michael Bakker
  • Vice voorzitter: Hanna Bos
  • Penningmeester: Matthew House
  • Vice secretaris: Nancy Forest
  • Vice secretaris: Jim Forest

Beloningsbeleid bestuur: bestuurders ontvangen uitsluitend een vergoeding voor gemaakte onkosten die bestuursleden redelijkerwijs hebben door hun functie bij de instelling

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ANBI status

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ANBI status 2016

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Overview of the activities of the Orthodox Peace Fellowship in 2014-2015

We have continued, via our quarterly journal In Communion and our web site, to focus on the core issues around aspects of peacemaking as they relate to the Orthodox Church and Christian life. One of OPF’s core principles is that intractable conflicts, even generational or centuries-long conflict, is rooted in lack of forgiveness, and that forgiveness is the most powerful tool for reconciliation. Without it, no healing of conflict’s wounds is possible. Our primary goal is to develop our mission as a bridge-building and peacemaking ministry within the Church by addressing such life-protecting concerns as war, nuclear disarmament, nationalism, abortion, capital punishment, etc.

In Communion produced a larger-than-normal issue of In Communion that is now being used as an introduction to the OPF and is mailed or given to people interested in our work. The issue (no. 70) was themed to answer the question “What is the Orthodox Peace Fellowship?” and is intended to primarily remedy the distorted image of the OPF promoted by some critics as a “left-wing” organization by showcasing some of the many articles we’ve archived on our website dealing with abortion, capital punishment, war, hospitality, and other topics that constitute the very foundation of Orthodox faith and tradition. The same issue featured a chapter from Jim Forest’s book Loving Our Enemies under the title, “Where Love Is Never Treason.” The entire issue can be downloaded from our website as a PDF file.

We also produced an issue with articles on identity politics, nationalism, forgiveness and reconciliation, and the importance of peacemakers as agents of transformation. The lead article, “St. Patrick’s Challenge to Nationalism,” addressed national identity-based conflict by looking at the life of St. Patrick of Ireland as a saint who saw all people as members of the same family and considered himself a citizen only of God’s Kingdom.

2014-2015 saw a complete reworking of our website.  We reorganized content, redesigned the look to make it more attractive and easier to navigate, and made the site easy to load and use on mobile devices. Content is linked to our Facebook page as well as Twitter. The new site continues to receive a great deal of traffic. Work of the website continues in 2016. (See a more detailed report re the website below.)

Internship: During 2015, IC editor Pieter Dykhorst worked with Nick Sooy in designing and planning an internship for Nick for the summer of 2016. Nick and Pieter will work collaboratively to position OPF in the churches as well as build alliances with other Orthodox organizations. Among their projects is a “road trip” that will involve visiting houses of hospitality, monasteries, and other ministries as well as fundraising and building relationships with Orthodox clergy and lay persons in different cities. The idea is to build a stronger grassroots network of like-minded people.

Part of our ambition for Nick’s internship is to raise enough awareness and money that OPF can afford to hire permanent staff. OPF cannot be a force in the future without a significant influx of young members and a renewed vision for what the next generation’s needs are.

Hospitality: We are also planning a small-scale hospitality outreach based in Washington, DC that we can hopefully grow into a model OPF ministry.

Another goal is to create and promote an Orthodox mediation model that we can implement and offer to parishes. Both Pieter Dykhorst and Nicholas Sooy are certified conflict mediators.

We plan to create a more functional advisory board with members who are strategically placed and are interested in helping us build bridges and open doors within the Church.

Just under 2,500 people are now linked to the OPF’s Facebook page — — up from a thousand at the end of 2013. Alex Patico is the administrator. Geographic distribution is similar to OPF in general, the largest number being in North America.

Responsibility for the OPF’s web site — — is collaborative. Pieter Dykhorst is chief editor, assisted by Jim Forest and Alex Patico. The site’s web master is Michael Markwick, based in Berlin.

Webmaster’s report: The OPF website — — has been successfully updated to a new theme and look, which was designed to be more contemporary. A significant amount of work was done to fix problems accumulated from as far back as the start of the website. The new site is more richly visually oriented with more dynamic content. The Facebook community is also now integrated within the website. See bottom right and menu.

Statistics: Below are some stats for Jan 1, 2015-Feb 2016 produced using Google Analytics. Note that these are filtered to tally verified users and exclude bots.

    Returning Users 9,775

    New Users 32,505

    Total Users 42,280

A lot of new traffic came from search queries such as “May Christians Kill?” and those related to violence and prayer. There has been a smaller spike in new traffic coming from the Middle East and Africa, likely limited by barriers of language.

Countries using our site the most: United States, Canada, UK, Australia, Philippines and France.

Top popular pages of 2015:

Webmaster’s recommendations: Move the site to a partial paid model, where members can get unique content and automate membership. For example, they join online and receive a password that allows views of restricted content.

Possible ways to integrate community further: The site should become a stopping point. The Facebook page of OPF should post more articles from the website itself to draw more users to the organization. For example one of the most popular pages on our website is: .

— Jim Forest, OPF international secretary

— Pieter Dykhorst, editor, In Communion

— Alex Patico, North America secretary

—, webmaster

20 February 2016

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