A wing and a prayer: how a distrust of faith-based charity sells short the society

Religious charities plays a special and undervalued role in society, but you need to think about the idea that they want to convert people and help only those who share their beliefs.

The suspicion of religious charities, although “generally baseless,” may prevent them to play a more active role in the provision of public services, according to the 18-month study by new Philanthropy capital (NPC) think tank. As one of four registered charities say is based on faith, in which the NPC identifies as “charity, which embodies a particular religion or cultural values stemming from religious beliefs – in their vision or mission, founding history or content of the project.” Together, religious charity organizations to collect more than £16 billion a year. The report of NIP, what a difference faith makes, the presence of grounding in the faith may:

to help charities stay motivated and stick to the reasons others may see as hopeless
to make them more resilient to changes in the political and financial environment
allows them to hire people who are considered vulnerable and too difficult to reach
allow them to provide services that are culturally appropriate and take into account the spiritual needs of people.

Contribution of religious charities is undervalued even within the public sector, the report stated that with their profile and trust in them are often undermined by concern about their motives.

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When the NPC surveyed religious charities to study, it was discovered that the differences between them about whether it was permissible to admit that they aim to increase the number of people who share their faith, or was it proselytizing.Although research has found little evidence to support fears of proselytism, he said that that remains a question. “Religious charities should be aware of this and, if necessary, it is worth spending time considering and clarifying its position on this issue”, – the authors of the report, Lucy de Las Casas and Rachel Wharton.

Senior MP-the labour MP Stephen Timms, who is the Chairman of all party parliamentary group on faith and society, said at the presentation of the report on 29 November that there were widespread concerns about proselytism among the local councils who are in charge of service contracts. “The evidence that this will happen, but we cannot say that it is impossible”, – he said.

The Timms group is promoting the “faith Covenant” to establish what advice can you expect from a religious charity and why the charity can expect from the Council. Still it was adopted Birmingham, Leeds, Birmingham, calderdale website and the London borough of Barnet. “This is very much in the national interest that a religious group should be able to release them very, very great potential, new initiatives with faith, the starting point should be able to thrive,” said Timms.

Daniel singleton, Director of Faith Action, a network of faithbased charities and community groups, said there were more than 47 “interaction” every year between such organizations and people in need. Network Trussel trust of the 400 food banks is a Prime example of effective faith-based response to a pressing social problem.

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Asked if food banks let government off the hook, singleton said, “in the end, if someone falls in front of you, I think there’s a responsibility to pick them up and do something.”

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