The Gini Coefficient

The Gini coefficient is a measure of inequality of variance. It is often applied to measure inequality of incomes in a particular area. A score of “0” on the Gini coefficient represents complete equality, i.e., every person has the same income. A score of 1 would represent complete inequality, i.e., where one person has all the income and others...
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Volunteering and Civic Engagement in Utah

Utah leads the nation in volunteer service. This year’s report found that 62.6 million adults (25.4 percent) volunteered through an organization in 2013. Altogether, Americans volunteered nearly 7.7 billion hours last year. The estimated value of this volunteer service is nearly $173 billion, based on the Independent Sector’s estimate of the...
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Charitable Giving in Utah

Utah leads the nation in charitable giving. About 71 percent of Utahns reported having donated money to charity, and on average, families donated 6.6 percent of their household income....
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NGFF CEO on conservative approach to poverty – Part I

In a Deseret News commentary, Paul Mero lays out his conservative vision to address poverty in Utah. He writes, “The Utah way on welfare reform will require a new vision and approach. If we continue to view poverty as “their” problem and separate the haves from the have nots — basically objectifying the poor — we will continue to treat poverty impersonally...
Tags: conservative, intergenerational poverty, poverty, safety net,

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