Posted on October 24, 2012
Civic Health and Unemployment II: The Case Builds
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 finds. 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), Civic Enterprises, the 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.