How will hurricane expenses, unstable gasoline prices and a floundering economy affect Louisianans’ ability to give?
Thanksgiving is a time when many minds turn towards charitable giving. How will hurricane expenses, unstable gasoline prices and a floundering economy affect Louisianans’ ability -- and willingness --to give? Are we as kindhearted as we think? Find out on the next edition of Louisiana Public Square, “Louisiana and the Limits of Charity” Wednesday, November 26th at 7 p.m. on LPB.
How Generous Are Americans?
Americans are a generous people. Giving USA 2008, a publication of the Giving USA Foundation/Center on Philanthropy, covers estimated giving in 2007, which reached $306.39 billion, setting a new record. Giving is 2.2 percent of gross domestic product.
Individuals accounted for 74.8 percent of all giving in 2007. That came to just over $229 billion, a 0.1 percent drop from 2006, after inflation. Just over half of donations from individuals last year were directed to religious organizations, which received a total of $102.32 billion.
Foundations provided 12.6 percent of all giving in the US [see "Louisiana Foundations" pdf for list of the top 50 Louisiana Foundations].
Many factors influence giving. According to a 2007 Bank of America study, in the general US population, educational attainment is correlated with charitable giving levels. The more education a person receives, the more they give to charity even when controlling for differences in income and wealth.
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Links below relate to the Public Square that airs tonight.
Northwest Louisiana American Red Cross:
Capital Area United Way: capitalareaunitedway.org
Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations:
LT. Governor's Office of Social Entrepreneurship:
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How well is the state’s public school system really performing?
One national survey ranks Louisiana as 49th for academic achievement of public school students. Another national report ranks the state dead last. So, how well is the state’s public school system really performing? Where is there room for improvement? What will the new federal “Every Student Succeeds Act” mean for education in Louisiana? And how have the historic summer floods changed things? Louisiana Public Square explores these issues and more on “Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” Wednesday, September 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE.
The panelists are
• Superintendent Michael Faulk, Central Community School System
• James D. Garvey, Jr. , BESE Board President
• Scott Richard, Executive Director, Louisiana School Boards Association
• Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith, D- Baton Rouge; House Education Committee
LPB CEO Beth Courtney and LSU Manship School of Mass Communication professor Robert Mann host the show. The program features interviews with Louisiana Education State Superintendent John White; Debbie Meaux, President of the Louisiana Association of Educators; Brigitte Nieland with the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry and Caddo Parish School Superintendent Dr. Theodis Lamar Goree.
“Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.
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