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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

In an effort to encourage charitable giving, this new report aims to quantify nonprofits’ value in exact dollars and cents and shows that – for the 15 Los Angeles County organizations analyzed – every $1 invested yielded an estimated $91 in benefits to the surrounding community.

The research, compiled by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy – an independent nonprofit that uses research and advocacy to persuade people to give to other nonprofits – also shows that the 15 community groups taking part in the report added to their community at a combined value of nearly $7 billion between 2004 and 2008.

The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy considers its values to be far from exact, and prefers to call them a rough estimate.

Free, 76 pages. Contact: (202) 387-9177, ext. 17, http://www.ncrp.org/files/publications/gcip-la_report_low_res.pdf.