Role of State Faith Community Liaisons in Charitable Choice Implementation. Issue-Specific Collaborations


The work that FCLs did for issue-specific initiatives also appeared to contribute to their effectiveness in building partnerships, capacity, and understanding of Charitable Choice among both FBCOs and state and local agencies. The Virginia FCLs work with the prisoner reentry initiative gave her extensive opportunity to cultivate relationships and knowledge among agencies, FBOs, and CBOs. Alabamas emergency management work and the collaborative approach of the FCL there were said to have improved the capacity of state FBCOs to prepare for and respond to disasters. Texass work in disaster preparedness and response allowed the OneStar Foundation to help build relationships among FBCOs and interfaith groups. New Mexicos FCL described positive consequences of her work on hunger issues: improved communication between the public and private sectors and among large and small nonprofits and churches. She noted, For once in 400 years, were talking to each other! Finally, the District of Columbias Effi Barry leadership development program on HIV/AIDS allowed FBCOs to build a cohort of leaders to share resources and ideas over time.

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