USC Dornsife College Of Letters Arts and Sciences

University of Southern California

One of the unique elements of American society is the dense network of faith-based organizations that exist in every community. Some are informal groups that respond to a particular need within a congregation or the community, such as homelessness, hunger, drug abuse or gang violence. Other faith-based organizations are formally registered with the federal government and can accept tax-deductible contributions. These organizations typically have paid staff members who help mobilize volunteers from the faith community around issues such as immigrant rights, genocide prevention, income inequality and social justice.

CRCC studies the role of faith-based organizations in their communities and also helps organizations build capacity to be more effective. These organizations utilize the resources of church and congregational buildings, leadership within the faith community and the financial generosity of people seeking to live out their convictions. Moreover, they draw on the moral traditions of their communities to inspire people to engage in acts of service.

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“Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.”

Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America