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The halo effect and the economic value of faith-based organizations

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Urban religious congregations provide vital social services to community members, regardless of their faith. In fact, studies dating back to the 1990s find that the typical urban community-based church supplies approximately $150,000 worth of social services per congregation per year. Faith-based neighborhood partnerships provide even more economic and social support than churches alone.

On November 29, Governance Studies at Brookings and the Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society at the University of Pennsylvania hosted a panel to discuss the economic importance of faith-based and neighborhood partnerships and consider strategies to strengthen these hubs of civic engagement and social support. Experts discussed how faith-based organizations can support local jobs and businesses, early childhood education, nonprofit start-ups, and more, as explained in a new report entitled, “The Economic Halo Effect of Historic Sacred Places.”

Join the conversation at #FaithBasedOrgs or @BrookingsGov.


Ram A. Cnaan

Professor and Director, Program for Religion and Social Policy Research - University of Pennsylvania

John J. DiIulio, Jr.

Former Brookings Expert

Frederic Fox Leadership Professor of Politics, Religion, and Civil Society - University of Pennsylvania

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