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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
June 1, 2004

Fact Sheet: America's Compassion in Action

Presidential Action

Highlights of the President's Faith-Based and Community Initiative

The Federal government does not fund religion -- instead, the President's Faith-Based and Community Initiative enables some of America's most effective social service providers to compete fairly for Federal funding to make a difference in the lives of our most vulnerable citizens without diluting the providers' religious identity. Through food banks, health centers, job training programs, drug treatment centers, and other efforts, these charities are meeting immediate and long-term needs.

Compassion in Action

Faith-based and community groups assist people in need, transforming lives with their compassion. Unfortunately, the Federal government has often been a hindrance to the work of these faith-based and community organizations. As a result of the President's leadership, significant progress has been made towards bringing more faith-based and community organizations into the Federal grants process, and the results are being seen in communities across America, including: