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Rural Pulse 2013
Blandin Foundation, May 2013, 6 pp.
Research study designed to give a snapshot of the concerns, perceptions and priorities of rural Minnesota residents. For the first time, the survey included the perspectives of urban residents as well as specific racial and cultural perspectives. Additional reports are available at http://www.ruralpulse.org/ more info >
Volunteering and civic life in America
Corporation for National and Community Service, December 2012
A comprehensive look at volunteering and civic life. Provides national, state, and large city data. more info >
Community conversations: Minnesotans talk about cities, services, and funding
League of Minnesota Cities, May 2012, 27 pp.
Findings from a series of community conversations conducted in 12 cities throughout Minnesota aimed at identifying potential solutions to service and funding challenges at the city level. more info >
Social connectedness and health: A resource for the Connect for Health Challenge
Wilder Research, March 2012, 8 pp.
This summary piece includes key measures of social connectedness in Minnesota, including its influence on health outcomes. Suggestions for ways that communities can promote greater levels of social connectedness are also introduced. more info >
National service in Minnesota, 2011-2012
Corporation for National and Community Service, February 2012, 8 pp.
More than 32,000 people helped address community needs through national service in Minnesota during 2011-2012. This report presents participation data for Senior Corps, Americorps, and Learn and Serve programs in the state. more info >
A tale of two cities: Civic health in Miami and Minneapolis-St. Paul
National Conference on Citizenship, January 2011, 39 pp.
Compares civic engagement in the Twin Cities compared to Miami, the highest and lowest ranked areas in the nation. It provides data on volunteering, voting, membership in voluntary groups, helping neighbors, use of the news media, and discussion of current events. more info >
Seven ways to engage teens in civic problem-solving online
Citizens League, January 2011, 15 pp.
Suggestions from teens on civic engagement. more info >
Giving in Minnesota: 2010 edition
Minnesota Council on Foundations, November 2010, 79 pp.
A comprehensive analysis of the trends and patterns of giving by organized philanthropy in Minnesota. more info >
Relationships matter: Volunteerism in immigrant communities
Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration, March 2010, 40 pp.
This report details the findings and recommendations from a three year project that explored how volunteerism is perceived within immigrant communities, and the struggle of nonprofit organizations to successfully connect with them. more info >