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2016 Metro Market Study

 
 

Charity Navigator recently completed our 12th annual national study to analyze differences in the financial, accountability and transparency practices of charities located in various metropolitan markets across America.  We also determine if any differences exist in individual philanthropic communities from year to year. 

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OVERALL SCORE
Rank
Metro Market
Median
1
Houston
90.16
2
St. Louis
89.68
3
Tampa/St. Petersburg
89.46
4
Dallas
89.24
4
San Diego
89.24
6
Minneapolis/ St. Paul
89.04
7
Miami
88.88
8
Phoenix
88.68
9
Baltimore
88.66
10
Cleveland
88.55
11
Milwaukee
88.42
12
Kansas City
88.36
13
San Francisco
88.25
14
Boston
88.21
15
Los Angeles
88.16
16
Detroit
88.13
16
Portland
88.13
18
Nashville
88.04
19
Chicago
88.02
20
Orlando
87.70
National
87.64
21
Philadelphia
87.62
22
New York City
87.55
23
Washington, DC
87.35
24
Denver
87.30
25
Atlanta
87.10
26
Colorado Springs
87.09
27
Pittsburgh
86.82
28
Seattle
86.56
28
Indianapolis
86.56
30
Cincinnati
85.73

 

Methodology
We began by segmenting the charities in our database into 30 major metropolitan markets.

  • The 30 metro markets account for 62% of the more than 7,983 charities evaluated by Charity Navigator as of August 1, 2016.
  • These charities generate 76% of the total revenue and of the total expenses.
  • The largest market included 934 charities and the smallest comprised 44.

Using the data we've obtained from the charities' Forms 990 and their websites, we calculated the median value of the following financial variables and the percentage of compliance for the following accountability & transparency metrics to reveal possible differences in financial, accountability and transparency practices of the various philanthropic metropolitan markets.

Rating Dimensions

  • Overall Score
  • Financial Score
  • Accountability & Transparency Score

Financial Metrics

Accountability & Transparency Metrics

Size Metrics

Conclusions
Our analysis, completed in August 2016, demonstrated that the financial, accountability and transparency behaviors of America's largest charities is influenced by the metropolitan market within which the charity operates.The fact that CEO Compensation tends to be greater in D.C. than Orlando is an important realization for the charities and donors in each of those cities. It doesn’t mean that D.C.’s charities are wasteful or poorly managed. Rather, it means that the cost of doing business in D.C. is greater. Recognizing these differences is essential to the effective management and evaluation of nonprofits.  

For more differences between cities, use the interactive chart on the right.


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© 2016 Charity Navigator. Note: all data are based on Charity Navigator's August 2016 Metro Market Charitable Analysis Study. These sector reports do not claim to represent median/mean data for all charities. Charity Navigator is the largest evaluator of 501 (c) (3) charities in the U.S.

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