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The Multiplier Effect: A Case Study of Faith-Based Community Organizations in Chicago, IL

September 3, 2020  • Religion & Society Program

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The Inclusive America Project (IAP) is pleased to publish its newest report, “The Multiplier Effect: A Case Study of Faith-Based Community Organizations in Chicago, IL.” The report reveals what faith-based community organizations working on every social cause from voter registration to prison reentry need to thrive, and how much of that support they already provide to each other.

“The Multiplier Effect” shows the complex network of reliance between faith-based community organizations, academic institutions, and others, and highlights several specific examples of the ways in which a thriving religious pluralism promotes other non-religious prosocial work in local communities. Because faith-based community organizations rely on each other’s successes in the field of religious pluralism in a virtuous feedback loop, their interests are deeply intertwined. This dependency has direct implications for philanthropy and policy leaders, even if those leaders are interested solely in prosocial outputs and see themselves as separate from the sphere of religious pluralism. This report finds that these key stakeholders have an important stake in the wellbeing of the system of religious pluralism as a whole.

Learn more about this research and ways that you can take action in two short, ten-minute curricula on The Multiplier Effect and Faith-Based Action. If you have any questions or would like to learn more, please reach out to us at

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