Role of State Faith Community Liaisons in Charitable Choice Implementation. Inreach Activities to Agencies

12/18/2008

Several FCL activities designed to reach in to agencies stood out as apparently helpful in efforts to foster partnerships and educate agency officials about Charitable Choice. The role of the Alabama FCL and her activities within the governors office were noteworthy, giving her access, as she put it, to all the pieces to help move the initiative forward. The New Jersey FCLs funded partnerships with the state DHS (and other agencies) and FBCO grantees were cited by agency staff, FCL staff, and FBCOs as helping to foster collaborative relationships between state agencies and FBCOs. The early inreach activities within Texas and Virginia also appear to have helped advance Charitable Choice and the state initiative. While we lack concrete evidence of how effective these steps were, some respondents indicated that they helped increase knowledge about  and acceptance of  partnering with FBOs among state agencies.

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