This is an exploratory multiple-case study of 8 Faith-based Organizations (FBOs), four of which receive government funds and four of which do not receive government funds. While the executive branch of the federal government is encouraging grassroots FBOs to seek federal funds to support their services to the poor, little research has been conducted to determine the legality and efficacy of processes under which FBOs serve their constituents. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to determine whether FBOs serve the poor in ways that comply with the federal regulations relating to separation of church and state. The research method used in this study is a qualitative, multi-case design. The data analysis techniques included categorical aggregation, direct interpretation, emerging correspondence and patterns, and naturalistic generalizations. The methods used to gather data included 50 indepth interviews with six categories of respondents that related to the participating FBOs. The study found that few differences occurred among the types of FBOs. The findings of this study support the social change efforts set in motion by the Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives established by President George Bush under the Executive Order of January 29, 2001. Social change implications of the study include the ability of the FBOs in serving the low income children, families and communities in a professional and unbiased manner with public funds without discriminating or proselytizing. The federal government, however, needs to develop clear guidelines for FBO participation. This study can be helpful to policy makers as they make decisions about future funding and utilization of resources of faith based programs in solving the social problems of the poor.A representative sample of these responses is listed below: The Suburban Urban Connection CEO commented So our responsibility I feel is ... (personal communication, August 2, 2005) The investigator iterated, aAnd those big problems are?
|Title||:||The Role of Faith-based Organizations in the Delivery of Safety Net Social Services to the Poor|
|Author||:||Leonard P. Erb|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2008|