United States Department of Veterans Affairs

History and Background

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Center for Faith-based and Community Initiatives was established on June 1, 2004, by Executive Order 13342. The objective was to coordinate agency efforts for the elimination of regulatory, contracting, and other programmatic obstacles. The removal of these obstacles would enable faith-based and community organizations to access resources they need to provide social and community services.

February 2009 - President Obama issued Executive Order 13199 establishing the President's Advisory Council for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and changed the White House faith-based name to Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

11 Federal Agencies and the Corporation for National and Community Service have Centers for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

In February 2009, the VA center name was changed to Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships (CFBNP).