The Bush administration sought congressional appropriations to support those activities that were targeted to enhancing the readiness and capacity of FBCOs. The Compassion Capital Fund (CCF) was created in 2002 and placed under the Administration for Children and Families in HHS.
The central goal of the Bush FBCI was to level the playing field for FBOs generally, and especially for smaller, new entrant FBCOs in ways that would enhance the participation of this class of organizations in federal funding.
In regard to awards to FBCOs, analyses by the Religion Roundtable found that except for a small niche of programs, federal funding under the FBCI favored larger, national FBCOs, (i.e., more complex bureaucratic organizations), over local congregations, and over local or regionally based independent religious organizations.
The FBCI identified a very broad frame of social problems within which FBCOs could anchor their funded activities.
In effect, the composition of the Advisory Council suggested that the FBNP was tilting towards a more pluralistic definition of the faith community and a stronger embrace of large charitable organizations, and away from an earlier focus on congregations and small FBCOs. The Advisory Council issued a major report of recommendations in March 2010 and its contents (discussed below) were highly suggestive of how the Obama FBNP would be shaped as it fully assumed its own identity.
This recommendation also called into question the prior implicit assumption that any and all FBCOs could be made ready for effective participation in federally funded partnerships.