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Pennsylvania Advocacy Efforts Brought $3-Billion in Benefits

Advocacy by nonprofit groups in Pennsylvania brought more than $3-billion in economic benefits to the state from 2005 to 2009, according to a new study.

The study, by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, in Washington, examined the impact of work by 13 children’s, consumer, health, environmental, and other groups.

The benefits included $1-billion in additional wages because of a campaign to raise the minimum wage, $827-million in new state funds for public schools, and $57-million to help create and maintain low-cost housing in Philadelphia.

Foundations provided 85 percent of the $26.1-million that the groups spent, a report on the study said. The advocacy work also brought non-monetary benefits like protecting clean water in rural communities and providing educational opportunities to students with cognitive disabilities, it added.

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