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Video Playlist:

Play Button  Full Program - Full Program
Play Button  Backgrounder - Backgrounder
Play Button  Extra - Kellie Chavez Greene, with the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO), explains the service and economic role that nonprofits play in Louisiana.
Play Button  Extra - Kellie Chavez Greene, with the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO), touches on the rise in demands for nonprofits.
Play Button  Extra - Kellie Chavez Greene, with the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO), discusses the relationship between nonprofits and state government.
Play Button  Extra - Edward Ashworth, director of the Louisiana Budget Project, explains what Better Choices for a Better Louisiana is.
Play Button  Extra - 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.
Play Button  Extra - Dr. Gordon Mueller, president of the National WWII Museum discusses the special gift WWII veteran volunteers offer to museum visitors.
Play Button  Extra - National WWII Museum President Dr. Gordon Mueller touches on the generosity of veterans to the facility.
Play Button  Extra - City Year volunteer Ashley Kovach explains what donating a year of her time to a Louisiana public school means to her.
Play Button  Extra - City Year co-founder Jennifer Eplett Reilly explains how 18-24 year old members “Give a year” and “Change a life.”
Play Button  Extra - Jennifer Eplett Reilly, co-founder of City Year, touches on the “tangible way” Generation Y members give through City Year.
Play Button  Extra - Barry Meyer, the Executive Director of The Arc Baton Rouge explains the nonprofit’s win-win-win collaborative.
Play Button  Extra - Barry Meyer with The Arc Baton Rouge touches on what the future holds for nonprofits.
Play Button  Extra - 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.


Backgrounder

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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EXTERNAL LINKS

Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations
Holy Angels Residential Facility
Calcasieu Women’s Shelter
O’Brien House
The Arc Baton Rouge
HOPE Ministries Baton Rouge
City Year Louisiana

Tax tips for charitable giving
Money Magazine: Give Like a Billionaire
How to check out a charity
Find a charity that’s a good fit for you

This program was also funded in part by the Louisiana Forestry Association

LANO has a nonprofit certification program called Standards for Excellence. Donors, volunteers, government, the media should use this program as a guide to determine what organizations have good governance, transparent operations and seek to be accountable to a variety of stakeholders.

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LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and professor Robert Mann with the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication 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.

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