GLEN ROCK, N.J., June 1, 2013 – San Diego’s philanthropic community is the tops in the nation, according to a new study by Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity evaluator. It is the only comprehensive report on the performance – both Financial Health and Accountability & Transparency – of the 30 largest philanthropic marketplaces in America. The study shows that San Francisco’s and Houston’s charities are growing the fastest, New York has the largest number of charities, Detroit’s charities spend the most on programs, Orlando pays its nonprofit CEOs the least, and Cleveland’s charities have the most substantial rainy day funds.
In its study, Charity Navigator compared the median performance and size of the largest nonprofits in the 30 largest metropolitan markets (Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Colorado Springs, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis/ St. Paul, Nashville, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Washington, DC). Those markets account for 52% of the more than 6,300 charities evaluated by Charity Navigator and they generate 67% of the total revenue and 67% total spending. The study revealed that regional factors, such as the cost of living, a market’s maturity and a city’s tendency to support one or two specialized causes, greatly influence the ability of the charities in each city to raise money, manage costs as well as their adherence to good governance policies and procedures.
In terms of their overall Financial Health and commitment to Accountability & Transparency, the study’s highest and lowest rated charitable communities are:
|Current Ranking||Previous Ranking|
|1) San Diego||1) Houston|
|2) Houston||2) Kansas City|
|3) Kansas City||3) St. Louis|
|4) Cincinnati||4) Cincinnati|
|5) San Francisco||5) Portland|
|Current Ranking||Previous Ranking|
|30) Indianapolis||30) Orlando|
|29) Orlando||29) Tampa/ St. Petersburg|
|28) Nashville||28) Indianapolis|
|27) Atlanta||27) Milwaukee|
|26) Miami||26) Miami|
“Although the cities on the top and the bottom of this report have changed over the course of the nine years we’ve published this study,” said Ken Berger, President & CEO of Charity Navigator, “the overall strength and diversity of the philanthropic sector across America continues to amaze me. The fact that America is home to the largest charitable sector in the history of the world, is a testament to the dedication and hard work of donors and philanthropic leaders across our nation.”
Additional findings from the report include:
About Charity Navigator (www.charitynavigator.org)
Charity Navigator is the largest charity evaluator in America and its website attracts more visitors than all other charity rating groups combined. The organization helps guide intelligent giving by evaluating the Financial Health and Accountability & Transparency of more than 6,300 charities. Charity Navigator accepts no advertising or donations from the organizations it evaluates, ensuring unbiased evaluations, nor does it charge the public for this trusted data. As a result, Charity Navigator, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization itself, depends on support from individuals, corporations and foundations that believe it provides a much-needed service to America's charitable givers. Charity Navigator, can be reached directly by telephone at (201) 818-1288, or by mail at 139 Harristown Road, Suite 101, Glen Rock, N.J., 07452.
Review the full study, www.charitynavigator.org/metro, for a complete list of results by city.