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U.S. and Foreign Assistance and Faith Communities: Together Saving Lives
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May 9, 2018, Washington, DC: Catholic, Jewish, and Christian leaders from across denominations will converge on Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress and staff to strongly urge sustained funding for foreign assistance in the FY19 budget. These faith leaders come from across the U.S. and represent millions of Americans engaged in congregations and organizations committed to bettering the lives of people around the world.
These leaders have volunteered to travel to Washington on behalf of the Interfaith Working Group for Foreign Assistance, 51 faith-based global health, development and humanitarian aid organizations united by the moral call to help vulnerable populations.
At less than percent of the federal budget, the foreign assistance budget is consistently overestimated and misunderstood. These leaders come to Congress to underscore the exceptional success and life-saving impact of foreign assistance and the need to preserve these federal dollars.
Faith-based organizations are invaluable government partners, extensively investing and leveraging funds. In FY16, the 71 largest U.S. FBOs invested $6.79 billion in international assistance with 83% of these funds from private dollars. 29 FBOs that receive public funding leverage it well, raising almost $5 for every public $1 received, according to analysis by the Center for Faith & The Common Good.
Whether faith leaders are associated with organizations that receive federal funding or not, without exception each recognizes that U.S. government funding, influence, leadership and convening powers are fundamental to global and U.S. security and economy, and foreign assistance historic success:
Despite historic successes, faith leaders will also remind Congress -- from girls being kept from schooling and the pervasive lack of water in healthcare facilities to food insecurity and 76 million refugees in urgent need of assistance -- needs remain.
Since WWII, defense, diplomacy and development have been the bipartisan- supported three legs of U.S. foreign policy. These faith leaders have come from all over the country, representing a broad swath of faith perspectives and political persuasions, united by the common goal to increase and not roll back progress for all God’s children.