July 26, 2011

Behind the Data: A Look at Rural America

RE: Philanthropy

By Rick Cohen

The nation’s top interpreter of Census information about rural demographics has long been the remarkable Mil Duncan of the Carsey Institute of the University of New Hampshire. She doesn’t simply report and track census data, but she explains what they mean. Too many people simply lump all rural areas together as an undistinguished rural mass without seeing the differences within.
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Role of Philanthropy in Rural Economy is Focus of Kansas City Conference

The Associated Press


U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and the head of the U.S. Census bureau are among the speakers at a Kansas City conference this week on the role of philanthropy in rural economies.
The Council on Foundations, a national association of grant-making foundations and corporations, is hosting the three-day gathering at the Kansas City Downtown Marriott.
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Bill Gates’ Foundation Funds African Community Radio, Connect Broadcasters in Ghana and Others on One Platform

Ghana Business News


The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is funding a community radio network in Africa aimed at breaking down linguistic barriers between rural communities while improving their communication with decision makers.
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Charity Groups on Edge over Possible Trim to Deductions

The News Journal

By Beth Miller

With the United States lugging around more than $14.3 trillion in debt, and interest payments on that debt already around $400 billion this year, Washington is looking for a deal to raise income or cut costs. One plan — to trim tax deductions for charitable donations — is a worry for Delaware groups that depend on private money, a source that already has been hit hard by the recession.
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Where Private Foundations Award Education Cash

The Washington Post

By Valerie Strauss

Public school systems around the country may have spent the past several years starving for cash in this financially troubled era, but a new report shows that philanthropists doled out $684 million in private grants from 2000-08 to organizations involved in reforming the teaching profession.
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Foundations Help Partnerships to Build

Crain’s Detroit Business


Michigan’s journey toward economic and social revitalization is not easy. Count the political, business and civic leaders and think tanks working to solve our issues and you will discover an equal number of differing strategies for success. However, a promising path is emerging as government, business, education and nonprofit leaders create public/private partnerships to find innovative solutions to deeply entrenched problems.
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Charity Funding: How to Approach Business for Help

The Guardian

By Helen Barrett

Last year, corporate social responsibility (CSR) partnerships generated £2bn for charities, according to figures from the NCVO. That makes them a significant source of income. But at the Institute of Fundraising’s national convention in London this month, a panel of CSR executives from leading companies, including eBay, Boots and Molson Coors, were blunt in telling an audience of fundraisers that quite often, charities’ approach to CSR was all wrong.
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