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Governor's Council on Faith and Community Service Initiatives

Active dates:October 7, 2005 -
Function: The Council is created to provide advice and recommendations to the Governor on matters related to the development and support of effective and efficient faith and community organizations which provide services to Minnesotans in need. Other goals include: Increase access to existing resources, reduce barriers to delivering services to the needy and other populations, and promote best practices among organizations. Assess barriers and promote partnership opportunities. Create a web-based catalog of state and federal funding opportunities. Serve as a point of contact between faith and community programs. Develop a closer connection between the state government and faith and community organizations.
History: "Faith and community organizations provide important, unique and valuable services to thousands of Minnesotans in ways that government simply cannot replicate," says Gov. Pawlenty. "This new council will help these groups cut through bureaucratic red tape so that the state can become a partner instead of a barrier as they assist the poor, needy and underserved."

"Minnesota is nation-leading in volunteerism, philanthropy, faith, and community based services," Governor Pawlenty added. "We were reminded of the great work they do during our response to Hurricane Katrina and Rita. This effort will build further on that culture of community by using faith and community services to deliver society's needs with a caring touch and human emotion that government agencies simply can't match."

Efforts by both President George W. Bush and President Bill Clinton have allowed faith-based organizations to compete for state and federal funds with secular groups.
Membership: Fifteen members appointed by the Governor. Includes: Representatives from faith and community organizations, foundations, corporations, and public entities. Staffing for the council will be provided by an executive director.

Entries for this agency in the Annual Compilation and Statistical Report of Multi-Member Agencies Report: 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007.

Note: This report provides membership details as well as meeting information and a summary of the group's activities.

News clippings and documents. Agencies Notebook Collection, 2005-2009.
Record last updated: 11/05/2009

All information on this group from the Library’s collection of agency notebooks has been digitized. These materials are incorporated into the “documents/articles” section of the record. Please contact a librarian with any questions. The Minnesota Agencies database is a work in progress.

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