LESLIE PROPOSES GOVERNOR’S OFFICE OF FAITH-BASED
(SACRAMENTO) – Faith-based and community organizations have a long tradition of helping Americans in need and together represent an integral part of our nation’s social service network. In order to help these organizations as they help Californians, Assemblyman Tim Leslie (R-Tahoe City) has introduced legislation creating the Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (OFBCI).
• Encourage organizations to seek public funding for their charitable services;
• Act as a liaison between state agencies and organizations;
• Advise the Governor, Legislature, and the advisory board of the Governor’s Office of Faith-based Community Initiatives on ways to increase dialogue between non-profits organizations and the government to more effectively work together to serve California’s neediest communities.
• Partner with the California Service Corps to develop events and communications that foster public support for non-profit organizations and honor their work.
California has over 135,479 non-profit organizations. And of the $1.482 billion distributed via federal competitive grants in 2004, California received just $114.5 million. This means that California’s nonprofits received only 8.23% of these federal grant funds even though they serve 12.1% of the US population.
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