Strengthening the Street Saints: Intermediaries Providing Capacity-Building Assistance to Faith-Based Organizations
Jan 01, 2000
Center on Faith in Communities;
The intermediary's work is invaluable if the scope, scale, and effectiveness of grassroots faith-based organizations (FBOs) and community-based organizations (CBOs) are to be increased dramatically. And in the era of welfare devolution, the provision of social services and the strengthening of the social safety net by CBOs and FBOs are more important than ever. Currently, with a sluggish economy and many families approaching their 5-year, lifetime limit on federal cash welfare assistance, low-income communities around the nation face sobering challenges. Ramping up the capacity of FBOs and CBOs to expand the number of clients they can serve is crucial. And, because many such agencies place a philosophical "cap" on growth (at some point, bigger is not better, as bigger can begin to change the relational character of the services these frontline groups offer), a need exists for new FBOs and CBOs to be launched. Faith-based intermediaries across the country are addressing both these needs: expanding the capacity of existing service organizations and helping create new ones.