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Friday, May 9, 2008

social capital benchmarking study by The Boston Foundation

Building Impact: "A recent social capital benchmarking study by The Boston Foundation, cites the following compelling statistics:

* 47% of Boston respondents felt that they had encountered barriers to becoming involved in their communities.
* 40% of the above responded that occupational and workplace barriers are the greatest obstacle preventing them from being more involved.
* Close to 40% of Bostonians felt that they lacked information about how to get involved, compared to 31% of national respondents.

In summarizing the implications for the future based on these facts, the study concludes that “it is critical that there be increased local efforts to educate people about the importance of giving. A new movement to encourage philanthropy and volunteerism is called for as Boston works to build on its social capital strengths”."


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