News You Can Use, 8/11

In a generation, minorities may be the U.S. majority: New York Times, 8/13
Ethnic and racial minorities will comprise a majority of the nation’s population in a little more than a generation, according to new Census Bureau projections, a transformation that is occurring faster than anticipated just a few years ago.

The census calculates that by 2042, Americans who identify themselves as Hispanic, black, Asian, American Indian, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander will together outnumber non-Hispanic whites. Four years ago, officials had projected the shift would come in 2050.
The main reason for the accelerating change is significantly higher birthrates among immigrants. Another factor is the influx of foreigners, rising from about 1.3 million annually today to more than 2 million a year by mid-century, according to projections based on current immigration policies.

“No other country has experienced such rapid racial and ethnic change,” said Mark Mather, a demographer with the Population Reference Bureau, a research organization in Washington.

New journal to share what works, what doesn’t: Philanthropy Journal, 8/1
With a $183,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Mich., is developing what is believed to be the first peer-reviewed journal devoted specifically to philanthropy.

Philanthropy professionals and those who work with them will be able to submit and share information about what has worked well and what has not.

“Currently there are no ongoing mechanisms for foundations to share what they are learning about their work,” Teri Behrens, a loaned executive at the Johnson Center and the journal’s editor-in-chief, said in a statement.
The journal will be published quarterly beginning in December by the university’s Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership.

U.S. volunteerism continues slide: Philanthropy Journal, 7/29
For the second straight year, the number of Americans volunteering their time, as well as the overall rate of volunteerism, has dropped, a new study says.

Last year, 60.8 million people in the U.S. volunteered their time, down from 61.2 million in 2006, says “Volunteering in America: 2008 State and City Trends and Rankings,” released by the Corporation for National and Community Service, which also launched an interactive Web site containing detailed data at national, state and city levels.

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