Wing and a Prayer: How Mistrust of Faith-Based Charities Sells Society Short

Wing and a Prayer: How Mistrust of Faith-Based Charities Sells Society Short

a_wing_and_a_prayer_by_c0ver_ur_eyes-d50zqyqFaith-based charities play a distinctive and often unappreciated role in society but need to reflect on perceptions that they want to convert people and help only those who share their beliefs.

Suspicion of faith-based charities, although “generally unfounded”, could stop them playing a bigger part in delivery of public services, according to an 18-month study by the New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) thinktank.

As many as one in four registered charities is said to be faith-based, which NPC defines as “a charity that embodies some form of religious belief – or cultural values arising from a religious belief – in its vision or mission, founding history or project content”. Together, faith-based charities raise more than £16bn a year.

The NPC report, What a Difference a Faith Makes, says having a grounding in faith can:

• help charities stay motivated and stick with causes others may see as hopeless
• make them more resilient to changes in the policy and funding environment
• enable them to engage people seen as vulnerable or too hard to reach
• allow them to deliver services that are culturally appropriate and to consider people’s spiritual needs.

The contribution of faith-based charities is undervalued even within the voluntary sector itself, the report finds, with their profile and the trust placed in them often undermined by concern about their motives.

Read the FULL article at: https://www.theguardian.com/voluntary-sector-network/2016/nov/30/mistrust-faith-based-charities-public-services

From: Guardian Voluntary Sector Network

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