Spring 2006
Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School

This primer was developed for local officials who wish to follow in the example of other collaborative mayors and engage their city's faith-based organizations (FBOs) in order to address community problems. Specifically, this primer sets out to help local officials learn more about how faith-based organizations compare with secular social service organizations. Various questions are presented about how FBOs compare with each other as well as their secular counterparts followed by useful answers. It is our hope that this primer helps foster better understanding among local officials about two essential aspects of faith-based organizations: (1) that FBOs vary widely from one another, and (2) that FBOs have key similarities, as well as differences, with their secular counterparts.

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