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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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     02/18 - Drawing the Line: Sexual Harassment in Louisiana

How widespread is the problem in our state? Take the survey!
Governor John Bel Edward’s deputy chief of staff, Johnny Anderson, resigned in November due to allegations of sexual harassment. A month earlier, celebrity chef John Besh stepped down from his restaurant management group after sexual harassment accusations. Charges of sexual misconduct in the workplace against celebrities and government officials made state and national headlines during the last several months of 2017.

How widespread is the problem in our state? Where is the distinction drawn between boorish acts and abusive behavior? Is every circumstance unique or should all offenders be dealt with in the same manner? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Drawing the Line: Sexual Harassment in Louisiana” Wednesday, February 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Tuesday, February 27)

Panelists:
- Sen. Sharon Hewitt, R-Slidell; Senate Select Committee on Women and Children
- Craig Broome; Louisiana Society of Human Resource
- Janice Lansing, Chairperson of Governor Edwards’ Sexual Harassment & Discrimination Policy Task Force
- Allison A. Jones; attorney; Downer, Jones & Wilhite in Shreveport

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and Southern University Vice President for External Affairs, Robyn Merrick, host the discussion.


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