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Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Most Charity-Conscious Cities in America

Additional findings from the Metro Market Report (discussed in yesterday's blog post) include:

  • Market Size: New York City (590 large charities), D.C. (500) and L.A. (198) are more crowded and competitive philanthropic markets than Nashville (30), Cincinnati (31), Nashville (31) and Orlando (34).

  • CEO Compensation: Charity executives in New York City ($190,472) and San Diego ($165,000) earn considerably more than those in Orlando ($107,569) and Portland ($110,601).

  • Fundraising Efficiency: Spending a median of just 65 cents to raise a dollar in contributions, Orlando’s charities are the most efficient in their fundraising endeavors. Seattle’s charities are the least as they spend nearly double that amount to raise a dollar.

  • Annual Growth: Charities in San Francisco are among the fastest growing, while charities in Baltimore are among the slowest.

  • Wealth: Cleveland’s and Cincinnati’s largest charities are generally richer in assets and working capital than charities in other parts of the country, while charities in Colorado Springs are less financially secure.

  • Donor Privacy Policy: Cincinnati (68%) and Milwaukee (65%) have higher percentages of charities with written donor privacy plans (stating that the charity will not sell, trade or share its donors’ personal information with anyone else, nor send mailings on behalf of other organizations); Pittsburgh (30%) and Philadelphia (40%) have the lowest percentage of charities with such policies.

  • Types of Charities: Miami, with 40% of its largest charities classified as Human Services, and Colorado Springs, with 39% of its largest charities classified as Religious, appear to be less diverse in terms of the types of charities represented. Portland and Los Angeles are more diverse marketplaces as they contain at least 3%, but no more than 19%, of each type of charity.
And here's a recap of some of the media's coverage of this study.
Pittsburgh Is the Top City For Giving

Charities in region top list in U.S.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

America's Ten Most 'Charity-Conscious' Cities
The Huffington Post

Miami Falls to Sixth on List of Most Charity-Conscious Cities
Miami New Times

Denver's large charities rated healthier than elsewhere
Denver Business Journal

Miami 6th among most charity-conscious
South Florida Business Journal

New Ranking Shows that St. Louisans are Uncharitable
Riverfront Times

Dallas, You Are Very Charitable
Dallas Observer

The Most Charity-Conscious Cities in America
Austin American-Statesman

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