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Faith Based Voucher

Faith-based organisations and social enterprise

Faith Based Regeneration Network UK with Middlesex University

Researchers: Dr Isaac Amoako and Dr Leandro Sepulveda,

This voucher aimed to identify and understand new trends concerning income generation and enterprise mission driven activity carried out by faith-based organisations and the way in which such organisations are responding to the changing funding environment for voluntary and community groups, charities and social enterprises. The study also examined the extent to which different faith based organisations and faith traditions are responding to the social enterprise policy agenda in the UK. The voucher met all our expectations in relation to expected impact. It helped to raise the research associate's profile - Isaac secured a Lectureship at the University of the West of Scotland's Business School while completing the research. Isaac and Leandro (Isaac's supervisor) are currently working on both a journal article and a research funding application based on the Voucher's findings. The partner organisation has also benefited from the voucher gaining a better understanding of recent developments observed among faith-based organisations. This will help them to improve its delivery model and so improving the capacity of the whole sector.

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