“Foundations and other benevolent agencies developed a strong affinity to what came to be called the Social Gospel. This new train of thought which began to emerge toward the end of the 19th century was essentially a liberal Protestant response to the miserable working and living conditions of laborers in 19th century industrial America. It stressed the application of Jesus’ teachings to public life, especially the needs of the poor and disenfranchised, with special attention to the issues of justice and equity.”

Excerpted from The Liberating Promise of Philanthropy.

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