Preserving Our Constitutional Commitments and Values
The goal of this office will not be to favor one religious group over another – or even religious groups over secular groups. It will simply be to work on behalf of those organizations that want to work on behalf of our communities, and to do so without blurring the line that our founders wisely drew between church and state. This work is important, because whether it’s a secular group advising families facing foreclosure or faith-based groups providing job-training to those who need work, few are closer to what’s happening on our streets and in our neighborhoods than these organizations. People trust them. Communities rely on them. And we will help them.
--President Barack Obama
The Obama Administration has a firm commitment to encourage and facilitate partnerships between government and non-profit organizations, including faith-based and neighborhood organizations. Because of the trust that government agencies and clients place in these organizations, these partnerships must be characterized by their ability to uphold both the free exercise of religion and forbid the establishment of religion.
The White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and Federal Centers work to make sure that organizations engaging with the federal government as well as the government officials supporting those partnerships have all of the information they need to comply with relevant law and policy.
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