Religion and Social Welfare

The creation of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives in 2001 brought the work of religious organizations to the forefront of the discussion over how America should best care for its needy.

The Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project examines the relationship between religious groups and human services providers and government, as well as public opinion on the topic.

The Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project looks closely at public opinion regarding the extent to which faith-based groups should participate in the delivery of federally funded social services and whether government policies should reflect religious values. The project provides a variety of resources that examine the relationship between religious organizations and social service providers and government, including reports, polling data, transcripts of its events and the latest news from media sources nationwide.

These resources are designed to deliver timely, impartial information to national, state and local opinion leaders, including government officials and journalists.

For more information about the role of religious groups in social welfare, visit the Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project.  

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