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11/08 - Louisiana and the Limits of Charity

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.

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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:
http://www.louisianaredcross.org/

Capital Area United Way: capitalareaunitedway.org

Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations:
http://www.lano.org

LT. Governor's Office of Social Entrepreneurship:
http://www.crt.state.la.us/ltgovernor/socialentrepreneurship/

Volunteer Louisiana:
http://www.volunteerlouisiana.gov

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This program was also funded in part by the Louisiana Forestry Association
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     08/18 - The Power of Reading

How can we make inroads to improve adult literacy in Louisiana and champion a joy of reading from pre-school into adulthood?
The ability to read sets the foundation of who we are and what we can be. Through reading we expand our world, learn new things and increase our base of knowledge. In fact, a parent’s reading level is the greatest factor in a child’s academic success. Children who can’t read proficiently by the third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school.

In Louisiana, 20 percent of adults are illiterate – five points higher than the national rate. How is Louisiana combatting its illiteracy problem across generational lines? How can we make inroads to improve adult literacy in Louisiana and champion a joy of reading from pre-school into adulthood?

Louisiana Public Square: The Power of Reading looks for answers and explores the value of lifelong reading through the lens of the PBS series The Great American Read Wednesday, August 22 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recorded Tuesday, August 14 in the Magnolia Performing Arts Pavilion at Baton Rouge Community College.)

Our panelists are:
- Linda-Marie Barrett, Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA)
- Rebecca Hamilton, MLIS; Louisiana State Librarian
- Danny Heitman; Journalist and Louisiana author
- Miranda Restovic, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH).
- Gary Robertson; Adult Literacy Advocates

The program features interviews with John Cavalier, owner of Cavalier House Books; Gary Robertson, Executive Director of Adult Literacy Advocates; representatives from the LEH PRIME TIME intergenerational reading program, and Superintendent John White with the Louisiana Department of Education.

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Robyn Merrick, Southern University VP of External Affairs, host the show.

Louisiana Public Square 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.

This episode of Louisiana Public Square is underwritten by Community Coffee’s Cash for Schools Program, the Louisiana Forestry Association, LSU Press and the Southern Independent Booksellers’ Authors Round the South.

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