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Religions 2016, 7(8), 105;

Envisioning Religiously Diverse Partnership Systems among Government, Faith Communities and FBOs

Anthropology, George Washington University, Washington, DC 20052, USA
Chrysalis Collaborations, Baltimore, MD 21229, USA
Academic Editor: Robert Wineburg
Received: 11 March 2016 / Revised: 25 June 2016 / Accepted: 21 July 2016 / Published: 12 August 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religion, Welfare and Social Service Provision: Common Ground)
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Recent U.S. policy regarding faith-based organizations (FBO) envisions “partnerships with government” that include both financial and non-financial relationships. This paper explores the current nature of a three-way partnership among faith communities, FBOs and government, proposing ways that government could more effectively partner with faith communities and their organizations. I use data from the Faith and Organizations Project and earlier studies of refugee resettlement and social welfare supports. The paper combines research and policy literature with research findings to describe how faith communities organize social services, education, health, senior services and community development through their FBOs, differences among religions and denominations and current forms of partnerships with government. Conclusions provide policy suggestions for U.S. systems. View Full-Text
Keywords: faith-based organizations; government partnerships faith-based organizations; government partnerships

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