In 2011, President George W. Bush created the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives and Centers, working within the White House, to support social initiatives run by faith-based and community organisations and to help them benefit from federal funding opportunities. One of the Office’s goals is to enable faith-based and smaller groups to have equal opportunity with secular and large groups to seek federal funds.

The process was continued during the Obama Administration under the name of the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Within the Office, Obama created an Advisory Council, a group of 25 religious and humanitarian leaders who advised the federal government on how it can better collaborate with faith-based groups.

In 2018 President Trump signed an executive order to create his own administration’s Faith and Opportunity Initiative, a new White House Office. The aim of the initiative is to prioritise religious freedom and empower faith-based organisations. According to the President, the ‘faith initiative will help design new policies that recognize the vital role of faith in our families, our communities and our great country’.