By The Associated Press AP March 4, 2020 11:09:32After a four-month search, the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (DHP) has finally given a thumbs up to the idea of creating a new national registry of gifts of God.
For the first time, DHP is putting together a national registry that will be open to all.
It will be able to share information about every single donation made in the state, with a goal of being able to track every donation made to religious organizations.
The new registry will have all donations to churches, mosques, synagogues and other places of worship made in New York State, but not in New Jersey or Pennsylvania.
It also won’t include religious organizations or non-profits that don’t have a 501(c)(3) status.
It was a little more than two years ago when the idea for the registry was first proposed, with several organizations arguing that it would not be practical for the government to track all donations and that it could be a privacy nightmare.
The department ultimately decided to focus on the idea that there was not enough information about the vast majority of religious organizations to make it practical to create a national database, according to spokeswoman Kelly J. Mazzarella.
“The department believes that this registry will provide important information for policymakers, nonprofits, government agencies, the public, and religious leaders to understand the impact of religious and cultural institutions on their communities and how these institutions are helping to shape public policy and the values they share,” Mazzatta wrote in an email.
“Our hope is that it will inspire thoughtful, thoughtful conversations about how religious institutions can be part of our democracy, and how to help them continue to do so.
It may also provide a new model for government accountability.”
The proposed registry would include the names of all donors who made gifts of any value to religious institutions, and it would include information about how often religious institutions received the gifts.
The registry would also provide data on the amount and the type of gifts received by the religious institution.
Mazzarella said the data would be kept anonymous, so that it can’t be linked to a specific person or organization.
She said the information will be kept private in perpetuity.
It will be made public once it is approved by the DHP and the Federal Election Commission, which will have the final say on whether it goes forward.
The idea of a national list of gifts to religious groups was first brought up by then-DHS Secretary Sam Clovis, who told a House committee in January that he believed the federal government should create a registry of the gifts that have been given.
Cloviss also said the government should establish a registry for churches, synagogs and other religious institutions.
The federal government did not respond to a request for comment.DHP spokeswoman Kelly Mazzitta said in a statement that the department is not yet ready to create the registry.