A friend who’s a church administrator mentioned to the Nonprofiteer that the church’s fundraising is up these past few months, and that the administrator’s job is safer than it’s been in years because of the sudden inflow of support from parishioners. Historically churches have done better during recessions and depressions, as people direct their giving to places that provide comfort, or perhaps just to places benefiting them rather than other people.
This fact puts a slightly different spin on the President’s otherwise troubling appointment of a minister to lead the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Service. If the churches are the only agencies attracting contributions, then it makes sense to lean hard on them to be ones providing desperately-needed social services. The Nonprofiteer may prefer secular agencies, but what’s important is that people get services from somewhere.
Of course, this makes it all the more important that the President and Attorney General move aggressively to combat any discrimination in service provision or in hiring by these religious organizations. If they’re going to do Caesar’s work they’d better abide by Caesar’s law.
Interesting that in this recession/depression, the two best places to look for a job seem to be church, and state. Especially with employment in the secular nonprofit sector projected to decline 20%.