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Faith-Based Organizations and Philanthropy

In rural communities, churches and other faith-based organizations can be important stakeholders that are actively engaged in social welfare causes and projects to support the community. Faith communities may be interested in applying for support from a philanthropic organization. When seeking funding faith-based organizations should review the strategies discussed in Module 2. In addition, faith-based organizations, like other organizations, should consider how their mission aligns with those of prospective philanthropic donors.

Resources to Learn More

Joe Mann: Philanthropy and the Church
Interview with a former director of the Rural Church Division of the Duke Endowment. Describes the importance of faith communities in rural areas for anti-poverty and community-building efforts, and outlines some of the ways that rural churches or other faith groups can engage with philanthropic institutions.
Organization(s): Faith and Leadership
Date: 11/2013