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- Kellie Chavez Greene, with the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO), explains the service and economic role that nonprofits play in Louisiana.
- Kellie Chavez Greene, with the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO), touches on the rise in demands for nonprofits.
- Kellie Chavez Greene, with the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO), discusses the relationship between nonprofits and state government.
- Edward Ashworth, director of the Louisiana Budget Project, explains what Better Choices for a Better Louisiana is.
- Edward Ashworth, director of the Louisiana Budget Project, touches on how nonprofits in Better Choices for a Better Louisiana feel the state can best address its budget challenges.
- Dr. Gordon Mueller, president of the National WWII Museum discusses the special gift WWII veteran volunteers offer to museum visitors.
- National WWII Museum President Dr. Gordon Mueller touches on the generosity of veterans to the facility.
- City Year volunteer Ashley Kovach explains what donating a year of her time to a Louisiana public school means to her.
- City Year co-founder Jennifer Eplett Reilly explains how 18-24 year old members “Give a year” and “Change a life.”
- Jennifer Eplett Reilly, co-founder of City Year, touches on the “tangible way” Generation Y members give through City Year.
- Barry Meyer, the Executive Director of The Arc Baton Rouge explains the nonprofit’s win-win-win collaborative.
- Barry Meyer with The Arc Baton Rouge touches on what the future holds for nonprofits.
- The Arc Executive Director Barry Meyer explains how his organization assists the intellectually and developmentally disabled in Louisiana.
12/10 - Louisiana Giving: Charity 2010
How will the current economy affect nonprofit organizations in Louisiana this season of giving?
Total charitable giving in the country fell 3.6% in 2009, the steepest decline since Giving USA began researching the topic in 1956. And a June survey by GuideStar USA found that 63% of nonprofits have seen an increase in demand for their services since the beginning of 2010. How will the current economy affect the charity of Louisianans this season of giving? And what does this mean for Louisiana’s nonprofit organizations and the people they serve? Join “Louisiana Public Square” in December as it explores “Louisiana Giving: Charity 2010” Wednesday, December 22 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD.
The week before Thanksgiving, the U.S. Commerce Department reported that in 2009, the worst year for the U.S. economy since the Great Depression, Louisiana’s economy grew by 2.5 percent. The same week, the Louisiana Workforce Commission announced that first-time claims for jobless benefits in the state increased by more than 250 from the previous week. This means 4,293 unemployed Louisianans filed for benefits just as the “season of giving” began.
The Commerce Department report doesn't mean that the state is feeling no pain. Louisiana’s private sector payrolls fell by 3.4% between 2007 and December of 2009. Statewide unemployment went from 5% in the fall of 2008 to 7.3% in the fall of 2009. And as The Advocate newspaper in Baton Rouge recently pointed out in an editorial "For the first time in a decade, the state has ended a fiscal year with an unbalanced budget.” Lower than predicted revenue from corporate taxes led to a shortfall of $108 million for the fiscal year that ended June 30th. After official recognition from the Legislature, Governor Bobby Jindal was given the authority to make those cuts from this year’s budget to pay for the shortfall. As The Advocate editorial mentions, “And as is typical with Louisiana 's problematic structure of government, the cuts fell mostly on poor people - through reductions in health care and family services…"
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What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve?
Last year’s shooting of an African-American male in Baton Rouge by two white police officers re-ignited a national debate on how law enforcement interacts with minority communities. Nationwide demonstrations were ultimately marred by the targeted ambush of 12 white officers in Dallas and the killing of three members of law enforcement in Baton Rouge. What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve? How can Louisiana’s Capital City productively move beyond these events? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on a special town hall edition, “Black & the Blue” Wednesday, February 22 at 7pm; Sunday, February 26 at 1pm and Tuesday, February 28 at 10pm after the State of the Union address on LPB HD. In New Orleans on WLAE, Wednesday, February 22 at 7 PM. (Recorded Monday, February 20)
Our panelists will be:
• Fr. Rick Andrus, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Together BR
• Darrell Basco, state president of Fraternal Order of Police
• Sharon Weston Broome, Mayor-President of Baton Rouge
• Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge; Public Safety Task Force
• Stephanie Riegel; Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Reverend Raymond Jetson, pastor of Star Hill Church host the program. Robyn Merrick with the Southern University System and Bob Mann with LSU’s Manship School will moderate the discussion.
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What lessons did residents and state officials learn from this historic event and what challenges remain?
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