State Help for Non Profit Organizations Proposed

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, March 6, 2006

You may be familiar with the Federal office of Faith-based and Community initiatives….President Bush established it a few years ago, making it easier for faith-based charities to get federal funds. Republican Assemblyman Tim Leslie wants to establish such an office at the state level, to help non-profits get federal money.

It doesn’t cost very much money – it can bring a lot of money to our state and it’s going to help a lot of people.”

Democratic Assemblywoman Jackie Goldberg says faith-based organizations do important work helping the poor and the sick, but she worries about discrimination:

 “Now if you do not want to treat someone who is not a Christian, you don’t have to – you see…or a jew, or a muslim – pick your religion.”

Leslie says the program would help all non-profit charities, by serving as a clearinghouse of information on how to get federal grants.