Capital Community Benchmark Survey
We chose this survey area because it mirrors our foundation service area, and we wanted to see if there are significant differences among the various counties.
1. Among our 23 county area—whether urban, suburban or rural—there was considerable similarity in responses;
2. East Tennesseeans belong to, attend, and participate in church-related and faith-based organizations and programs to a greater extent than a national norm;
3. East Tennesseeans are more interested in politics and national affairs and participate in the formal election process (as measured by voter registration and turnout) to a greater extent than a national norm;
4. East Tennesseeans give of their time and money to a broad range of charitable organizations and purposes to a greater extent than a national norm;
5. East Tennesseeans report trusting attitudes to a lesser extent than a national norm. Moreover, there are no apparent distinctions among and within racial and ethnic groups in these reported attitudes;
6. Interestingly, 94% of East Tennessee respondents reported that they were “happy” or “very happy” and 82% reported that their health was “excellent”, “very good”, or “good”.
What are we going to do about it?
1. We plan to initiate a series of conversations throughout our region about social capital and our initial findings;
2. We will initiate a speaking tour to share our data with civic organizations and other organized groups throughout the region;
3. We will revise our grantmaking guidelines to reflect a priority on social capital building programs;
4. We will seek to identify potential partnership opportunities for intentional social capital building initiatives.