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Philadelphia Census of Congregations and Their Involvement in Social Service Delivery
Penn IUR Publications
  • Ram A. Cnaan, University of Pennsylvania
  • Stephanie C. Boddie, University of Pennsylvania
Document Type
Journal Article
Date of this Version
Copyright The University of Chicago Press. Reprinted from Social Service Review, Volume 75, Number 4, December 2001, pages 559-580.
This census of congregational social services is the first attempt to identify all of the congregations in Philadelphia and their services. This article reports results from 1,376 of an estimated 2,095 congregations. It finds that 1,211 congregations (88 percent) have at least one social program. On average, each congregation provides 2.41 programs and serves 102 people per month. The primary beneficiaries are children (served by 49.2 percent of all programs). According to the census, 571 congregations (41.5 percent) collaborate with secular organizations, and 857 congregations (62.3 percent) are open to collaborating with government welfare programs. Conservatively, the financial replacement value of all congregational social services in Philadelphia is $246,901,440 annually.
Citation Information
Ram A. Cnaan and Stephanie C. Boddie. "Philadelphia Census of Congregations and Their Involvement in Social Service Delivery" (2001)
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