Congregations' Social Service Activities

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Congregations' Social Service Activities

December 1, 1999

Abstract

The 1996 welfare reform legislation envisions an expanded role for congregations and other religious organizations in our social welfare system. Federal, state, and local government agencies are implementing "charitable choice" provisions by encouraging religious congregations to seek government grants and contracts. Recent research has shown that although only about 3 percent of religious congregations currently receive government funding for social service activity, as many as one-third express some interest in moving in that direction.

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