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The Points of Light Foundation announces its national conference, Building a Culture of Service: Neighbor-to-Neighbor, June 8 to 10, 2003, in Baltimore, Maryland. If you are a leader seeking ways to connect people through volunteering or national service, or if you recruit, manage or train volunteers, this conference is for you.
To learn more about the wealth of workshops, seminars, featured speakers, opportunities for networking, visit http://www.points of light.org/conference.

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Do you wonder about insurance for your organization? “An Insurance Guide for Nonprofit Organizations in Washington" is a dandy resource if you are from the United States. The booklet answers questions such as: “Is Insurance Difficult to Find?” and “How Do I Know What is Needed?” There is also an intriguing section on the myths about insurance and a short section on risk management. And much more!
While the booklet was printed for those in Washington State, it is also loaded with national resources for getting insurance questions answered. If you are a nonprofit organization or considering becoming one, this is a “must see.” For more information, contact Richard Einhorn at richarde@oic.wa.gov or 360-725-7120.


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“American Demographics” magazine published a list of trends for the year. Here is the list.

Trend Observation
1. Boomers are getting older and spending more money. The next decade will fill with 38 million baby boomers (those born between 1946 – 1964). It is expected that they will work longer than previous generations.
2. Delayed retirement. Everyone seems inclined to work longer. Some because savings cannot support retirement and others because social security benefits only kick in at 67.
3. Work is changing. By 2000, more than half of all workers were employed in management, professional or related occupations. Employers are increasingly using independent contractors.
4. Great Educational Attainment. The 2003 job requires more brain power than physical strength and so the number of high school graduates going on to college is increasing, especially among women.
5. Labor shortage ahead. Like its European allies, the United States is likely to become more and more dependent on labor from abroad, especially in service work jobs.
6. Increased immigration. According to the Census 2000 report, 40% of population growth in the US is from immigration. There is no evidence of this decreasing.
7. Rising Hispanic/Latino Influence. The largest minority group is the US is Latino/Hispanic. with 35 million people. The median age of this group is 25.8, nearly 13 years younger than the non-Hispanic, white population. They represent 20% of the nation’s 4 million children.
8. Changes in birth trends. There are three trends in births across the US:
1. More births to women age 35 and older
2. There is a decline in birth to teens
3. There is a rising diversity among births.
9. Widening Geographic Differences. There is a growing demographic difference in cities, suburbs, and rural areas. 50% of all the US population lives in suburbs. Slowest growth is in rural areas.
10. Changing age structure. The huge bump in population of the Baby Boom population will not continue into future generations. There is a flattening out in the number of people in the ensuing generations.

American Demographics January 2003


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