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March 4, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
March 4, 2011

Only the Center for the Study of Economics has the knowledge to solve the world's economic problems, starting with localities and then states.
Yes, tax land assessments rather than what workers and corporations produce, but only CSE knows how to levy such a tax and get it
adopted.
CSE has numerous empirical studies proving this claim - and has actually done it for 25 cities.

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t....he field of urban studies.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Changes are not required. Better financing, of course, would bring many CSE benefits to many more cities and states. Down with Deficits!!

February 26, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 26, 2011

The Center for the Study of Economics, a national organization, works locally to combat poverty. Most towns and cities lack the money to provide their citizens fully healthy and productive lives. CSE shows how inefficient policies, especially on taxes, rob people of their birthright.

As
part of its mission, CSE offers help by studying a municipality's needs and goals, its commerce, and, most important, its buildings, its residences, and its land. When this data is compared with the local fiscal practice, glaring errors are usually found: too much money collected from too many people, not enough from a few people or firms.

The Center for the Study of Economics has lowered poverty in more than 20 municipalities, cutting their taxes on much real estate, while raising them on that which has been underassessed. The aim is to tax the value of local land used for work and for homes at a rate that pays its fair share of the community's benefits and costs, enabllng a better quality of life when many residents get lower tax bills.

The assistance of the Center for the Study of Economics is of high quality, with followup provided when possible. The CSE believes poverty results from policies that can be changed, once the relationship between taxes and land is clear. Shifting taxes so that more come from a municipality's land itself and fewer from its people, houses, and offices or factories can be simple, compared with challenging complex evasions used by those who try to avoid paying their fair share. When evasion succeeds, everyone else loses.

CSE acts locally to help the United Nations reach one of its most vital goals globally--to reduce poverty.

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I've seen the achievements of CSE at the local level, have worked to educate at national and international levels, and have assisted with publication of books and pamphlets that advocate economic justice through this fiscal reform.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hope it finds enough money to expand and promote its mission.

February 23, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 23, 2011

As a long time teacher of Public Finance, I have been greatly impressed by the ability of the Center for the Study of Economics to translate the best theoretical work on how the property tax can be improved into terms that can be understood and applied in any city. Shifting the burden of the property tax off buildings and onto land is efficient and generates growth. CSE has devised ways to educate the voters about the benefits of this change and has provided civic leaders with a detailed blueprint of how to achieve it.

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I have observed its success in Pennsylvania and Cuyahoga County, Ohio.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide it with more resources.

February 22, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 22, 2011

The Center for the Study of Economics is the major Georgist organization implementing the principles of the Single Tax on a city-by-city basis. With their recent victory in Altoona, PA, where they helped lead a 10 year taxshift off of buildings and onto land, the CSE has been largely responsible for helping that city, and several other Pennsylvania cities, increase both their building and their overall prosperity. The practical effects of untaxing building (improvements) and taxing land instead, include: reducing hoarding of valuable land, increasing opportunity, providing new housing for people at all levels, and dampening land speculation - which many economists lies at the root of the current economic crisis.
The CSE's past leader and emeritus, Dr. Steven Cord, has compiled 238 studies that show land value taxation works, and works always when properly applied.
CSE's new and dynamic leader, Josh Vincent, continues the important work of his predecessor, ticking off new victories one-by-one in the northeast, creating a more prosperous and just world, and proving these two goals are not incompatible if a proper economic paradigm is applied.
For those who understand the works of America's greatest economist, Henry George, you won't find a better implementer of these time-tested principles that the Center for the Study of Economics.
- Scott Baker, President of Common Ground-NYC

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

our efforts toward tax and land reform in Common Ground-NYC

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make it bigger! Expand its reach here to New York City.

February 21, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 21, 2011

I am based in the UK and first came across the Center for Study of Economics when I visited Philadelphia for the first time in 2002.
Since then we have kept in regular contact by email and the Center has helped me on numerous projects by providing information and data. Their Director arranged
for me to speak on land reform to a major conference in the USA and has also accepted my invitation to speak at a transport conference in London explaining how transport can be funded from land wealth. As a result of these contacts the UK Government is now advocating TIFs(Tax Increment Finance) as a means of funding local government infrastructure projects in the UK.

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see above

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide them with more staff and resourcces.

February 21, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 21, 2011

This organization is working for structural change that tackles the root issues of poverty and environmental degradation. Most policy tools fail because they do not address the problem at a deep enough level. keep up the great work CSE!! the next step is to start mobilizing a larger constituency base that can lean on decision makers.

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their testimonies to the tax reform commission in philadelphia.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hire someone with social movement theory and campaign development expertise

February 21, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 21, 2011

While trendy issues come and go, the Center for the Study of Economics (CSE) tackles an issue in Anglo-American law that is as old (and as difficult) as the Enclosure Acts: how the monopolization and under-taxation of land creates housing bubbles, drags down economies, creates unemployment and lowers wages.

Educating both the public and government officials has been the task of 32 organizations in the United States (including our own) and of dozens more in other countries, but, in the past three decades, only the work of the CSE has led to actual policy changes, followed by positive economic results. Over 20 Pennsylvania taxing jurisdictions (most of them cities) have shifted their property taxes to fall more on land values and less on improvements, and all that had done so at least three years ago enjoyed construction surges that greatly exceeded trends in nearby, comparable cities. Home owners in every city saved (compared to the cost of conventional property taxes), and mortgaged home-owners saved even more.

Altoona, PA has just become the first city with no municipal or school property taxes on buildings whatsover, and took this step based on the analysis provided by CSE.

CSE takes a rather dry, pragmatic and analytical approach to this reform compared to the other 31 organizations, which tend to be more ideological and passionate. However, the dry approach is working, and the rest of us would not have evidence of how effective this approach to land reform is if not for the accomplishments of CSE.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing their presentations and seeing city after city improve its economic vitality after following their advice.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have them hire someone who does nothing but organize constituencies, publicize results and raise money. Their staff is overly focused on getting results rather than promoting those results. I don't think they have a talent for self-promotion, and I don't know that one can keep an adequate focus on the task before them while constantly shifting gears between production and promotion.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

It tackles one of the oldest, most badly ignored and most fundamentally important justice issues, and it gets results. It is quietly succeeding where Adam Smith, William Penn, Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Tom Paine, Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, Henry George, Tom Johnson (mayor of Cleveland), Fiorella La Guardia (mayor of New York) and Winston Churchill all failed, and where other organizations (including my own), dedicated to the same reforms, do not accomplish change.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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