Advancing Nonprofit Capacity

How charitable is your city?

Charity Navigator’s 13th annual study of America’s most charitable cities indicated the overall nonprofit sector is strong and diverse throughout the nation. Their analysis of 30 major metropolitan markets reviewed financial, accountability, and transparency practices in charities throughout 30 major metropolitan markets.

The Charity Navigator study found the top five cities in terms of financial health,  accountability, and transparency were San Diego, Houston, St. Louis, Tampa/St. Petersburg, and Dallas.

Financial metrics of the study included fundraising expenses and efficiency, program and program expenses growth, administrative expenses, and other variables. For accountability and transparency, the study’s metrics included online audited financial statements, online board lists, donor privacy policies, online Form 990s, among others. The study also evaluated size metrics among the charities, including total contributions, revenue and expenses, total assets, liabilities, net assets, and CEO compensation.

The types of charities most supported varied throughout the United States. For example, the Tampa/St. Petersburg area has more animal and health charities, while Cincinnati has more arts, culture, and humanities charities than other cities in the study. Colorado Springs has more international and religion charities while Cleveland’s focus is more on community development and D.C. has more human and civil-rights focused charities.

For all results and findings, go to: Charity Navigator Study

How did the city nearest you fare?

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