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Muhlenberg Professor Chris Borick to Lead Capstone Research Project for LVCF

Christopher Borick, Muhlenberg CollegeAllentown, Pa., September 12, 2017—Christopher Borick, professor of political science, and director of the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion, will lead the Lötter Fellow-Capstone Research Project for the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation (LVCF), beginning this fall.

Borick will analyze the dozens of applications the Community Foundation received from charitable organizations seeking funding for projects as part of its 50th Anniversary Spark grantmaking in 2017.  The research, conducted with support from Muhlenberg College students, will focus on six key community issues: Mental and Behavioral Health, Arts and Culture, Food and Housing Access, Environment and Sustainability, Human Trafficking, and Veterans Affairs.

The project was made possible by a grant from the Community Partnership Fund at the LVCF that is supported by the Lötter Fund, directed by Luther Hottle. The grant was awarded to benefit the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion. “We are so pleased to have the expertise of Dr. Borick who will lead this project, analyzing the application data to discover trends and common needs of organizations supporting these issues in the Lehigh Valley.” said Bernie Story, president and CEO of the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation. “He and the students will explore factors associated with these trends in the local data, identify geographic pockets of need, and research best practices and effective strategies to address the needs in the Valley.”

The research will culminate in a white paper that will be published and delivered at a variety of community events in the spring of 2018. “We intend to actively engage our program partners and stakeholders through a series of community strategy forums and discussions that relate to the six issues,” Story explained. “The findings will not sit on a shelf at the Community Foundation. We will be taking them to the community for input and helping to inform charitable organizations moving forward.”

Borick’s research and teaching interests are primarily in the areas of public policy and public opinion. He is a nationally recognized public opinion researcher who has conducted over 250 large-scale public opinion surveys during the past fifteen years. The results of these surveys have appeared in numerous periodicals including Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Washington Post.

He has also provided analysis for the BBC, National Public Radio, PBS, CBS News and NBC Nightly News and had his survey results aired on, CNN, FOX News and C-Span. During his career, he has conducted surveys for a variety of government agencies and organizations including the Center for Disease Control, The United Way, Wisconsin Public Radio, The Wisconsin Department of Commerce, the Oneida Indian Nation, The U.S. Department of Labor, and Habitat for Humanity.  For a complete bio: visit his webpage http://www.muhlenberg.edu/main/academics/polisci/faculty/christopherborick/.

About the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion

The Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion is a state of the art public opinion research center that conducts scientific based survey research projects of public policy and political issues throughout the Lehigh Valley and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. As part of the college’s mission of providing students with preparation for socially useful and self-fulfilling careers, the Institute also undertakes projects in conjunction with community partners that examine contemporary issues relevant to the interests of the public and policy-makers.

About the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation

In 2017, the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation (LVCF) has been celebrating its 50th Anniversary, by doing what it does best… making grants to community organizations that work to improve the lives of those in the Lehigh Valley. The year of grantmaking is themed “Be the Spark.” The Community Foundation is issuing grants totaling $300,000 during 2017 in support of six major issues affecting the Lehigh Valley. 

For nearly five decades, the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation has helped donors with their charitable contributions with a simple, powerful, and highly personalized approach. LVCF is a philanthropic hub for the Lehigh Valley—who know and navigate the landscape of the Lehigh Valley’s community needs to connect people who care to causes that matter.

With a diverse and respected Board of Governors, the Community Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization located in Allentown, Pennsylvania.  The Foundation is cause-neutral and supports all areas of community needs in the Lehigh Valley and beyond in compliance with the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations. To learn more, visit: www.lehighvalleyfoundation.org.

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