"Do Something" Means
The Beat of a
with Jim Chapin
to Make a
Message as Key
Freedom of Choice
in the Cradle...
LUNCH for WHY
Howard Fields and
Al Stewart in
Benefit KIDS Can
Make a Difference
Readers Share Thoughts
in Second Annual
to read previous
issues of Circle!
Share Thoughts in Second Annual Circle! Survey
The second annual Circle! Reader Survey provided some interesting insights
into the newsletter's impact.
Thanks to the 127 readers who recently took the time to participate in
this year's survey. You've helped us to better understand which stories
are of the most interest and the degree to which we're accomplishing our
goal of inspiring Chapin fans to make a difference. With your input, we'll
continue to hone our craft to produce the best possible forum to share
stories and ideas.
Here are some of the highlights of what we learned:
of those who responded live in the United States. About 10 percent are
from Canada, and we also had respondents from England, France, Sweden,
Scotland, New Zealand, and Brazil.
78 percent of respondents indicated they read Circle! both for entertainment
value and for interesting and inspiring ideas on how to "do something"
to make a difference. About 17 percent said they read it primarily for
entertainment value; five percent were unsure.
of participants indicated they read "most of the stories"
or "every story" in each issue of Circle! 24 percent said
they read about half of the stories, while 6 percent said they read
just a few of the stories in each issue.
When we asked how often certain kinds of articles should be featured
in Circle!, more than 90 percent of respondents replied "every
issue" or "frequently" to the following types of stories:
Chapin family members or band members;
Ideas on easy ways to do something positive;
Chapin-related concert information;
Fellow Chapin fans who are making a difference;
Stories "behind the songs" Harry wrote.
of survey participants said we should include hunger-related news and
information frequently or in every issue, while 13 percent said we should
include these stories occasionally.
76 percent of respondents thought we should feature non-profit organizations
with volunteer opportunities frequently or in every issue, while 22
percent said we should feature these occasionally.
81 percent of readers suggested that we feature merchandise and special
offers for donations frequently or in every issue, while 16 percent
suggested this should be done on occasion.
When we asked readers to respond to the following statement: "Circle!
has helped me to really believe that each of us can make a difference,"
82 percent of survey participants said they agreed; five percent said
they disagreed, and 13 percent were unsure.
one of the truest barometers of whether our efforts are achieving our
goals comes from the replies to the following survey question: "Has
the "Circle!" newsletter inspired and/or moved you in some way? If yes,
please tell us how. (Examples: I now donate more of my time or money
to non-profit organizations. I now vote in public elections. I now spend
more time helping people in my community.). If Circle! has not inspired
you, please let us know that and tell us why not." 65 participants
answered this question, and 62 readers skipped it.
Of those who answered the question, here is a representative sampling
of the responses:
a politically active individual already, I rarely find that a newsletter
is going to 'inspire' me to act...however, it can certainly make a
nice reminder when life bogs one down, or point out an issue not yet
"My wife and I now are more concerned with recycling our household
garbage and are planning on building a compost this spring. I personally
used to run a miniature golf tournament every Christmas with all proceeds
going to various charities in our region. The miniature golf course
was an indoor venue and has since closed. We have considered other
events since, but are pretty sure we will run a "Christmas in July"
miniature golf tournament at an outdoor venue with proceeds going
to either our local food bank or towards adopting a family for Christmas."
"I have increased non-profit donations."
"It has inspired me to get involved with the 'Slow Food'
"I have become more involved in organizations in my home
"Not yet, it's my first time reading it."
"It hasn't really inspired me, as I tend to only read
the articles relating to Harry's (and Tom's) music...which inspires
me in and of itself."
"I now have become involved with our local food shelf and one
of the city wide Boy Scouting events, 'Scouting for Food,' including
handling press releases and promotions to increase awareness in the
"It has inspired me to become much more active in the
world around me, especially in my local school district and town government
because I feel it is very important to be aware of what is going on
in regards to our next generation. I also have increased my level
of giving to non-profit organizations, and am very much going to increase
my personal time commitment to a couple of non-profit organizations
that are very important to me."
"I've always been involved; it's just nice to know there
are others carrying on Harry's legacy."
"Circle! helps me to not feel like I am alone in the battle.
I am not as active as I was in the past -- primarily due to health
problems. Instead of feeling sad about that, Circle! helps me to see
that there are many others who are still working for a better world."
"I have taken a few ideas and and written about them in a local
"I'm now involved as a committee member for a Boy Scout
"I donate money to our local food pantry and encourage
others to do so also."
"I am inspired by Harry and feel his influence when I
see new photos of him and hear stories about him and his songs and
to the five lucky readers who won a Harry Chapin concert CD via the random
drawing conducted among all readers who participated in the survey by
April 30, 2005. The winners are: Janet Chapin (no relation) of Kansas
City, MO; Mike Frawley of Deposit, NY; Brett Simpson of Auckland, New
Zealand; Nancy Warren of Exton, PA, and one other person who's email bounced
back to us. If your email address begins with "jprimus," please contact
us at email@example.com.
Thanks again to everyone who participated.
for the Next Issue of Circle! on September 7