Thursday, 24 August 2017 08:28

Civic Engagement Data Now Online

The South Dakota Dashboard Now offers interactive charts that feature both registered voter turnout as well as estimates of voting-age population turnout.

The registered voter turnout data hub features data gathered from the South Dakota Secretary of State’s office going back to the year 2000. The interactive charts feature breakdowns by county, metropolitan area and metropolitan versus rural areas. Viewers can easily peruse the charts to see trends in voter turnout from one election cycle to the next.

Meanwhile, the voting-age population turnout data hub features estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. This information is broken down into several categories, including race, income, educational attainment, gender, and disability status. For example, in 2016 individuals between the ages of 18 and 24 had the lowest estimated voter participation rate at just 31.6 percent.

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Below you will find graphs highlighting the amount of total assets of the community foundations in South Dakota as well as the amounts given by the foundations in 2014. For more information on philanthropic giving in South Dakota, please visit the Foundation Center's website


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On September 29, Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President Neel Kashkari participated in several listening sessions with community leaders and a town hall luncheon on the School of Mines & Technology Campus. Listening session topics included new developments in the Rapid City Collective Impact initiative, highlights of the Rapid City Downtown Master Plan, an economic impact analysis of Main Street Square, and the outlook for wages and employment in Rapid City.  

During the town hall luncheon, Kashkari and former Congresswoman Heather Wilson (now president of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology) shared dramatic stories of their roles in the historic 2008 bailout, when Kashkari led the Troubled Asset Relief Program at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Kashkari also provided an overview of the Minneapolis Fed's initiative to end Too Big To Fail (TBTF) banks

When asked about the survival of community banks facing regulatory compliance issues, Kashkari emphasized the importance of ending TBTF banks first. “If we don’t change anything, more consolidation is coming. Unless somebody does something, that trend is going to continue. My hope is that if we as a country can do something about the biggest banks, and have confidence that we’ve done that, then there will be the opportunity to then relax some of the regulations that are smothering the community banks.”

The Minneapolis Fed has also established the Center for Indian Country Development. The center’s work focuses on outreach and collaboration with tribal communities on efforts including increasing access to credit, business development, housing and homeownership, and education.

If you missed the town hall luncheon, which was hosted by the Black Hills Knowledge Network, the Rapid City Economic Development Partnership and the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce, a recording of the event is available on the Minneapolis Fed's YouTube channel

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Monday, 01 August 2016 00:00

Data Resources - Civic Engagement

990 Finder: This search tool from the Foundation Center provides IRS 990 forms, filed annually by nonprofit organizations. Information required on the 990 includes address, officers, program services, gifts received, assets, revenue and expenses, grants paid, and future grants.

Foundation Stats: This data tool provides information on the size, scope, and giving priorities of the foundation community. For SD specific data, click here.

Nonprofit Sector Data: The National Center for Charitable Statistics offers state-specific data related to nonprofit activity. Click here, see “Geographic Focus”.

The South Dakota Secretary of State’s website provides up-to-date results of recent elections and Voter Turnout information.

Volunteering and Civic Life in America: This site provides a comprehensive look at volunteering and civic life in the 50 states and 51 cities across the country.

United States Elections Project: Voter-eligible turnout : This site provides national and state voting-eligible turnout rates from 1980 onward. Click here to access it. 

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