Equipping the Street Saints

In this intriguing article from Philanthropy magazine, author Barbara J. Elliott underscores the importance of the private sector’s support for grass-roots faith-based organizations. Share argues that faith-based nonprofits, particularly in the areas that require intensive, personal work, such as drug addiction, criminal behavior in at-risk youth, and adult criminality, are helping to heal social maladies that have resisted secular cures, homeless care, AIDS hospices, food pantries, welfare-to-work, refugee services, and job training. Because the cumulative civic value of these organizations is enormous, Elliot offer strategies foundations can follow to identify and appropriately support the most effective faith-based organizations. This is an inspiring and practical article for donors seeking to make a tangible difference in people’s lives.