Pew Internet & American Life Project conducted a study on the digital
divide, surveying a random sample of over 3500 households from
March to May of 2002. Here are some of the results of who is using the
Internet or not.
have no direct or indirect experience with the Internet.
million people do not use the Internet. But 20 percent of them live
with someone who does.
of nonusers were once users of the Internet.
of those not on the Internet say the reason is the cost of computer
equipment and Internet access.
say that people they know do not go online or use the Internet.
team at the White House seems to be setting a good example in the giving
department. George and Laura Bush donated 9% of their taxable income
to charity, while the Cheneys donated 13%. The Bushes gave away
$69,925 and the Cheneys $945,051.
First Family gave to the Evergreen Chapel (religious services are held
there at Camp David), Southern Methodist University (Laura Bush is a
grad), Tarrytown Methodist Church in Austin, TX and the Combined Federal
Campaign. There were no specifics about how much each organization received.
Bush and Cheney families increased their giving from 2001.
to Expand the Role of Religious Charities
27-member working group on Human Needs and Faith-Based and Community
Initiatives, headed by Harris Wofford, at the request of Senators Rick
Santorum (PA-R) and Joseph Liberman (CT-D) has released a report, Harnessing
Civic and Faith-Based Power to Fight Poverty. The report makes
38 recommendations useful to Congress, federal agencies, state and local
governments, and charities and foundations to help local religious and
secular charities provide social welfare service.
Government agencies are urged to make clear their interpretation
of applicable law regarding the effect on social service programs on
the employment practices of participating religious groups. Local religious
groups are urged to be open about their interpretation and application
of existing laws as they impact hiring employees.
Private grant makers and recipients of donations need to consider
adopting common standards and principles (the report provides samples)
that describes roles and responsibilities of both entities. This can
reduce question and fears about where money is going by donors.
Government agencies with money for social service programs need
to increase the information about eligibility criteria for different
faith based organizations, the standards for faith-related program content,
and requirements about the separation of funds, to mention a few recommendations.
standards and more are available for $12.00. To obtain a copy, you can
order by mail to: Work Group Report Orders, c/o Search for Common Ground,
1601 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20009.