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Economic Development

The purpose of this Subject Search Accelerator is to provide quick delivery of and one-click keyword access to economic development news from Philanthropy News Digest, materials from Foundation Center libraries, and web-based resources via pre-set Google searches, along with lists of related searches. Economic development often falls within the broader subject community improvement/development. Below are recent report and news items on that subject.

Resources from the Foundation Center's Libraries

The latest publications about economic development added to our libraries and the Catalog of Nonprofit Literature.

Recent Reports

The latest reports about community improvement/development posted to PubHub, our repository of foundation-sponsored reports.

Americans for the Arts
Arts & Economic Prosperity IV: The Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Culture Organizations and Their Audiences

Published: June 2012

Examines the economic impact of the nonprofit arts and culture industry on communities nationwide, including event-related spending, tourism, jobs, and government revenue generated during the recession. Includes data tables of expenditures and impact.

Funder(s): John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Ruth Lilly Fund of Americans for the Arts
Subject(s): Arts and Culture; Community Improvement/Development; Community Improvement/Development, Business/Economic Development

PubHub Link (378 pages; 9.04MB; PDF)

Boston Foundation
Passion and Purpose Revisited: Massachusetts and the Last Decade's Financial Roller Coaster

Keating, Elizabeth; Geeta Pradhan
Published: June 2012

Analyzes trends among the state's nonprofits by size, type, industry, and location; how they fared in terms of assets, revenues, and share of jobs during the 2003-07 economic boom and 2008-10 crisis and recession; and how they responded to increased need.

Funder(s): Boston Foundation
Subject(s): Philanthropy and Voluntarism; Philanthropy and Voluntarism, Capacity Building; Community Improvement/Development

PubHub Link (120 pages; 4.32MB; PDF)
FOLIO Link (120 pages; 4.32MB; PDF)

Pew Center on the States
Time Served: The High Cost, Low Return of Longer Prison Terms

Published: June 2012

Examines trends in the length of prison terms by state and type of offense, factors that determine time served, outcomes of increased time served, and state policies to shorten length of stay in prisons while increasing public safety and reducing cost.

Funder(s): Pew Charitable Trusts
Subject(s): Public Affairs; Community Improvement/Development; Civil and Human Rights, Prison/Judicial Reform

PubHub Link (65 pages; 1.32MB; PDF)

Recent News

The latest news about community improvement/development gathered by the editors of Philanthropy News Digest (PND).

Gund Foundation Awards $8.7 Million in Grants
The foundation has awarded sixty-four grants totaling $8.7 million to Ohio nonprofits including $2 million to the Trust for Public Land in support of the Connecting Cleveland initiative, $800,000 to the Gordon Square Arts District....
Posted: 11/18/13

Open Society Institute-Baltimore Names 2013 Class of Community Fellows
The twelve fellows will each receive an eighteen-month, $60,000 grant to work on self-created projects designed to revitalize neighborhoods and improve youth outcomes in Baltimore....
Posted: 11/17/13

Community Foundation Update (11/16/13)
News and staff announcements from community foundations around the country....
Posted: 11/16/13

One-Click Economic Development Searches

Spotlight on Economic Development Grantmaking in Ohio

This report includes statistical charts and data tables drawn from the Foundation Center's annual grants sample, lists of top grantmakers and recipients, and profiles of two unique Ohio grantmakers, the Fund for Our Economic Future and the Generation Foundation.

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Five Questions About Economic Development Grantmaking for:

Ronn Richard
The Cleveland Foundation

Brian R. Frederick
Community Foundation of Lorain County

Jody Bacon
Akron Community Foundation
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