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Journal of Public Management & Social Policy

Abstract

The Obama administration created the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and related Centers throughout federal agencies. Their aim is to help cultivate relationships between the interfaith community and government in communities around the United States. One such effort, Together for Tomorrow, seeks to facilitate partnerships to strategically deploy volunteers to lift up schools and students in low-income communities. The partnership involves federal offices, national service through AmeriCorps VISTA, local government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and faith organizations—a “multi-flavored wedding cake.” This article reports on the theoretical and observed enactment of the first-in-the-nation pilot project of Together for Tomorrow, suggests lessons, and advances propositions for how to structure intergovernmental and cross-sector partnerships to achieve social outcomes and community transformation.

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