President Bush’s Faith-Based Resources

The George W. Bush administration generated a wide range of documents and guides to set out and explain the church-state and other rules that apply when a private organization, whether faith-based or secular, receives federal funds to provide services. In addition, the administration commissioned training materials to assist community-based and faith-based organizations to operate more efficiently and to provide more effective services. It commissioned research to document how private organizations serve the needy and to understand to what extent the work of the faith-based initiative is changing how government officials partner with grassroots organizations.

Many of these materials are available in the same locations that other documents related to particular federal programs are posted. For instance, the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the Department of Health and Human Services provides a link to the Charitable Choice regulations and to the Equal Treatment regulations.

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Some materials can be most easily found by navigating to a website that archives certain materials from the Bush administration. Go here:

Other materials reside on the Innovation in Effective Compassion website. Go here:

Key documents of the Bush faith-based and community initiative:

President George W. Bush, Rallying the Armies of Compassion (January, 2001)

White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, Unlevel Playing Field: Barriers to Participation by Faith-Based and Community Organizations in Federal Social Service Programs (August 2001)

White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, Protecting the Civil Rights and Religious Liberty of Faith-Based Organizations: Why Religious Hiring Rights Must Be Preserved (2003)

White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, Guidance to Faith-Based Organizations on Partnering with the Federal Government (2006)

Executive Order 13199 (January 29, 2001), Establishment of White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
Executive Order 13279 (Dec. 12, 2002), Equal Protection of the Laws for Faith-Based and Community Organizations

Office of Legal Counsel, Department of Justice, Memorandum Opinion, “Application of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to the Award of a Grant Pursuant to the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act” (June 29, 2007) (concerning the lifting of a restriction on religious hiring in a federal program, if being required to end its religious hiring practices would impose a substantial burden on the applicant faith-based organization)

Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, “Effect of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act on Faith-Based Applicants for Grants” (October 2007)

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