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Faith, Hope, and Philanthropy: The President's Initiative


On July 22, 1999, as part of his campaign to win the Republican Party's nomination for president, George W. Bush outlined a blueprint for "Compassionate Conservatism." He proposed that the federal government provide funds to local and faith-based organizations that have developed successful social-services programs. He also advocated allowing taxpayers who do not itemize on their federal income tax returns to take charitable deductions.