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Posted on October 24, 2012
Communities with a robust ecosystem of nonprofit organizations and a strong sense of social cohesion are more economically resilient in times of crisis, a report from the
National Conference on Citizenship
Civic Health and Unemployment II: The Case Builds
(20 pages, PDF) found that unemployment rates were lower in communities where there are more nonprofits directly engaged with residents and where neighbors are more likely to interact with, trust, and help one another. Produced in partnership with the
Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE)
Saguaro Seminar: Civic Engagement in America
, and the
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
, the report calls for further research into how social capital and civic health contribute to economic vitality and create human and financial capital.
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