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Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey

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Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey
Saguaro Seminar: Civic Engagement in America
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

An executive summary of the survey is available at www.cfsv.org/communitysurvey/index.html

The Saguaro Seminar is a program of Harvard University that builds on the work of Robert Putnam (author of Bowling Alone: Collapse and Revival of the American Community). One of its initial activities was to conduct this national survey of almost 30,000 people, released in February 2001. This survey is the largest investigation of civic involvement ever conducted in America. The study examines a number of areas of social capital formation, including religious engagement, political and civic participation, levels of trust, giving and volunteering, and informal socializing.

Key findings of the survey follow in this article.