Faith-Based Organizations and Government Funding

1)  A paper
exploring the interface between faith and development and the tensions and conceptual difficulties that arise for donors and faith-based organizations (FBOs) as they pursue partnership together.  The paper joins a current trend in scholarship urging donors to take a more nuanced approach to their engagement with FBOs.  

The paper "Who's afraid of holistic development?  Navigating the interface between faith and development" by Anna Wrigley is available for download as an Adobe Acrobat Document (pdf).


2) A survey conducted of eighteen faith-based organizations (FBOs) working in the area of relief and development to seek their views on the effect of government funding on their:


·         Mission

·         Christian distinctiveness

·         Staffing

·         Programmes

·         Traditional supporter base


The organizations came from twelve countries and covered activities in over 60 countries world-wide.  A questionnaire was sent to the eighteen FBOs, asking for details of their percentage institutional donor income, whether they set any limits on institutional funding, and posing five question regarding their view on the impact of institutional funding.


A literature review was undertaken through internet search and access to databases.


The author also participated in an on-line discussion which ran during September and October 2011, with members of the Voluntary Sector Studies Network.


The findings are published in “Faith-based organizations and government funding – a research note” and is available for download as an Adobe Acrobat Document (pdf).





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