Our Civic Health
At The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, we know that thriving communities are communities that actively participate in philanthropy and civic engagement. In 2012, we joined 20 other states and four other cities in producing an annual Civic Health Index. We are pleased to present a metro Atlanta focused summary on five data points from the 2012 Georgia Civic Health Index specific to metro Atlanta: participation in formal and informal volunteering; participation in groups; social connectedness; electoral participation; and political action.
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Among the 51 largest metropolitan statistical areas in number of volunteers, Atlanta:
- Ranked 6th for number of volunteers (that’s 1.19 million volunteers or 28 percent of the population)
- Ranked 36th for eating dinner with household members
- Ranked 22nd in voter turnout
- Ranked 9th for frequently expressing opinions via the Internet
Included in the report are recommendations for civic engagement for individuals, nonprofits, funders, public officials and the private sector. It is our hope that by knowing where we are as a region that we can understand where we need to go in mobilizing our nearly 5.5 million metro area residents to actively get involved in philanthropy and civic engagement to build a greater metro Atlanta.