The President’s Faith-Based and Community Initiative: A Seven-Year Progress Report

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White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives

In lieu of an actual evaluation, this self-analysis paints a portrait – complete with some thin statistics about spending and the number of citizens served – of President Bush’s effort to “level the playing field” by opening new streams of federal financial support for faith-based organizations (FBOs) working with at-risk populations, including youth.

For example, FBOs participating in the Mentoring Children of Prisoners Program have received $257 million in grants to serve more than 70,000 children in 49 states. Other funds support FBOs that are reintegrating former juvenile offenders, offering vouchers to faith-based schools for students in underperforming districts, offering direct services to at-risk Latino youth, and working to establish and strengthen coalitions that combat gang activity, youth violence and child abuse. Free, 178 pages. (202) 456-6708,