Philanthropy in the Faith Community: Mobilizing Faith-Based Organizations for Substance Use Prevention
· The Assistance for Substance Abuse Prevention Center, established by the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati, has worked with community partners in the faith community to prevent alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse.
· Reviving the Human Spirit (RTHS) was a collaborative project that provided resources to help congregations provide substance use prevention and recovery support in their communities, including the adoption of evidence-based practices.
· Slightly more than two thirds of the congregations that participated in follow up interviews reported that their programs were still operating.
· Faith-based programs have many things in common with programs operated by other nonprofits. A few differences appear to be important, such as choosing a practice that aligns with the religious beliefs of the congregation.
· Treatment programs, rather than prevention, may be more appealing to faith-based organizations because of the “redemption narrative.”
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Townes, A., Firesheets, E. K., & Francis, M. (2012). Philanthropy in the Faith Community: Mobilizing Faith-Based Organizations for Substance Use Prevention. The Foundation Review, 4(3). https://doi.org/10.4087/FOUNDATIONREVIEW-D-12-00006.1
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