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Nonprofit news roundup for Aug. 27, 2009

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Recession dampens civic engagement, survey says

While some nonprofits have reported an uptick in volunteers over the past year, a new survey says Americans’ participation in volunteerism and other civic activities has fallen during the recession, The New York Times reported Aug. 26 (see volunteerism story). The study, conducted in May by the National Conference on Citizenship, says civic engagement rose during previous economic downturns.

NEA chair to focus on arts in education, economic development

Rocco Landesman, the new chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, plans to focus his efforts on the role of arts in K-12 education and as an economic-development tool for communities, Chris Jones wrote in a column in the Chicago Tribune Aug. 27 (see Rocco Landesman story). Landesman plans to use Chicago’s revitalization of its Loop theater district as a model.

University of Nevada to get $14 million for new institute

The University of Nevada will receive $14 million from the Lincy Foundation, founded by billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian, to create an institute focusing on challenges in education and health care, The Associated Press reported Aug. 26 (see University of Nevada story). The board of the Nevada System of Higher Education must approve the deal before it can be finalized.

Bob Dylan Christmas album to benefit charity

Singer Bob Dylan plans to release an album of Christmas songs Oct. 13 and will donate the proceeds to Feeding America, a network of food banks, The Associated Press reported Aug. 26 (see Bob Dylan story). Proceeds from future sales overseas will be donated to international charities, Dylan says.

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