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Kent Co. Giving Estimate
On National Day of Philanthropy, the Johnson Center for Philanthropy releases a Kent Co. Giving Estimate report.
In 2010, we estimate that donors of all types located in Kent County gave a total of $601,658,407.
Of this, individuals gave the majority (58%) and foundations contributed a significant portion (30.4%).
Total estimated giving in Kent County increased by 7.7% from 2009 to 2010. This was significantly larger than the rest of the U.S. (4.5%), according to Giving USA.
MAPAS is a one-stop interactive mapping and data application tool aimed to make relevant local, state, and federal information more readily accessible.
Chronic Early Absenteeism
This study was designed to assess the prevalence and consequences of chronic early absenteeism in Kent County among first, second and third grade students from 2006 to 2009 in twenty school districts.
Michigan Historical Residential Foreclosure Data Project
The purpose of the effort is to provide communities throughout the state of Michigan with meaningful historical residential foreclosure-related data that gives them a clear picture of the genesis of the crisis and its impact over time both at the state and county level.
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Community profiles provide a snapshot look at a geography. These give an overview of the location as well as comparison to other geographies.
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CRI produces a number of annual reports as well as requested reports periodically based on current trends.
The Community Research Institute (CRI) gathers, analyzes, interprets, and shares national and local data through partnerships with nonprofit and neighborhood groups in an effort to assist local and regional nonprofit leaders with decision making, grant writing, and program evaluation.
Believe 2 Become
A neighborhood initiative, Believe 2 Become is a community effort designed to help children succeed in work, school, and life by recognizing their unlimited potential, having great expectations, and finding real opportunities for every child to realize his or her dreams. This effort is in partnership with Grand Rapids Public Schools, Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation, dozens of community-based and faith-based organizations and the Douglas and Maria DeVos Foundation.
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Real Estate Owned Foreclosed Homes: Preliminary Report
To further understand the effect of foreclosed homes on local housing dynamics, CRI was commissioned to examine Real Estate Owned properties throughout Kent County & Grand Rapids.
Kent County Early Childhood Indicators
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On behalf of the Kent County Great Start Collaborative and First Steps, CRI worked with more than 40 community partners to generate dozens of potential indicators that were then vetted and analyzed with an eye toward national best practice. The list was culled further based on a number of factors, including data availability, reliability and relevance to the core elements of Kent County's early childhood community vision. This presentation, delivered June 16 and 17 to a Believe 2 Become project Baby Scholars event, highlights some of the baseline data for Kent County's early childhood indicators.
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