Faith-Based Institutions Cooperating with Public Welfare: The Promise of the Charitable Choice Provision
Despite a decade and more of intensive dispute about welfare and poverty, American policymakers and citizens continue to battle about how best to serve our neediest fellow citizens. Yet this debate, it turns out, is flourishing not only in the United States. In many places around the world today, citizens and governments are searching for more effective ways than the conventional welfare state to serve the needy. As the eminent nonprofits scholar Lester Salamon has recently written:
A major reappraisal of the role of the state is currently under way throughout the world -- in the developed countries of North America, Europe, and Asia; in the developing societies of Asia, Africa, and Latin America; and in the former Soviet bloc. Prompted by dissatisfaction with the cost and effectiveness of exclusive reliance on government to address the social welfare and developmental challenges of our time, efforts have been launched to find alternative ways to respond.1
Most striking, the central drive in this worldwide search is to forge new relationships between government programs and nongovernmental organizations that work with the needy.