Two studies conducted by the Center on Community Philanthropy at the Clinton School have been published recently in national peer reviewed journals.
One study in the journal Foundation Review looks at giving, civic engagement and leadership development in small communities in Arkansas. Another study in the journal Nonprofit Management and Leadership analyzes the financial sustainability of nonprofit organizations in the Mississippi River Delta.
“I’m pleased that these national academic journals have recognized the importance of our research on community philanthropy in the rural South,” said Dr. Charlotte L. Williams, director of the Center on Community Philanthropy. “We will continue to study and promote the concept of giving and sharing at the local level, particularly in the Delta region of Arkansas.”
The Foundation Review study, titled, “Community Philanthropy: How the Delta Region Revives, Embraces and Promotes the Spirit of Giving,” was conducted in partnership with the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation. Clinton School graduate Joanna Klak assisted in conducting the study. Click here to purchase the study online.
The study surveyed government officials in small Arkansas Delta communities with populations ranging from 5,000 to 15,000. It asked questions related to civic engagement, fundraising and leadership to explore how community philanthropy is making essential contributions to communities in the struggling Delta region.
The Nonprofit Management and Leadership study, titled, “Nonprofit Sustainability During Times of Uncertainty” was conducted in partnership with the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. Dr. Karl Besel, associate professor for public affairs and graduate school director for the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Kokomo, and Klak participated in the study. Besel is a former visiting scholar at the Clinton School Center on Community Philanthropy. Click here to view the study online (registration required.)
The study compares 26 community and economic development organizations located in the Delta region of Arkansas and in New Orleans, to comparable areas in the Midwest and South. Using data on federal, state and foundation funding of these organizations, the study analyzes how the current economic recession has affected the financial stability of nonprofits serving communities targeted for revitalization.
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