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September 1, 2016 Edition
1. S hrinking Middle Class Data Map
2.  Social Media Benchmarks for Nonprofits
3. Engaging Communities to Reduce Gun Violence

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Key Infographic: 
The Shrinking Middle Class
State by State Data Visualization
Want evidence of a shrinking middle class in your state? Check out this interactive map by The Pew Charitable Trusts of the University of Minnesota's Stateline analysis.

Hover over any state to learn, for the period 2000 to 2013:
  • Percentage change in middle class residents
  • Change in inflation adjusted median income
  • Percentage change in households spending at least 30% of their income on housing
2. TechImpact Blog:  
10 Social Media Benchmarks
9 Things You Should - and 1 Thing You Shouldn't - Be Doing

The good folks at TechImpact clearly lay out basic social media practices your nonprofit should put in play to ensure an active online presence and stakeholder engagement. It's all about regularly communicating out your story to diverse audiences - and also making it easy for folks to support your mission!

For example, did you claim your organization's LinkedIn Company Page, and are you updating it regularly? Have you created a simple, short-term social media fundraising plan? To learn more about these and other strategies,  Read the blog!
3 Recent Report: 
Engaging Communities in Reducing Gun Violence 
What 100 Community Members from 3 U.S. Cities Have to Say
Last fall, study authors Urban Institute, Joyce Foundation, and Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies convened faith leaders, law enforcement, social service providers, formerly incarcerated individuals, elected officials, and other community members in Richmond, VA, Stockton, CA and Milwaukee, WI to better understand "factors driving gun violence and actionable policy strategies to make their neighborhoods safer." These cities were chosen due to their geographic diversity, diversity of affected stakeholders and experience dealing with gun violence. 

Each 2-day convening consisted of several facilitated discussions and breakout sessions focused not just on identifying the problem but also on coming to consensus on solutions. Key findings from these meetings fell into 4 areas:
  • Easy access to guns by a small group of "high-risk" people is a key driver of violence.
  • Law enforcement tactics that diminish police-community relations harm public safety.
  • Social services that can prevent violence are woefully underfunded.
  • Improving community engagement in violence prevention is an immediate reform opportunity

From these findings and participants' suggested solutions, the authors derived policy recommendations.

 To download this fascinating report, 

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