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12th Annual Report Card on Charitable Giving in Metro Milwaukee

Nonprofits play an important role in the region. They provide needed services that educate children, protect the environment and make health care accessible. The area's nonprofit arts organizations also enrich our cultural lives.
But local nonprofits are also an important part of our local economy. According to a 2007 report by The Cultural Alliance of Greater Milwaukee, the nonprofit arts industry generates the equivalent of 8,359 jobs and has an economic impact of more than $249 million in metropolitan Milwaukee each year. When local nonprofi s struggle, the community may experience both a reduction in access to services and a negative impact on the economy.
The 2008 Report Card on Charitable Giving focuses on the gift trends of our bellwether nonprofits since 1992. This year, a new dimension was added to give the community a clearer picture of what some nonprofits are experiencing now. A survey of human services agencies, in June indicates a sector experiencing increased demand and decreased stability.

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