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Tampa metro ranks low for charities
Tampa Bay Business Journal
June 11, 2014

Houston charities among tops in U.S. for well-run operations
Houston Chronicle
June 6, 2014

Philly charities 13th best in nation, top 10 in financial health
Philadelphia Business Journal
June 5, 2014

Houston ranks second on Charity Navigator's annual list
Houston News 92 FM Radio
June 4, 2014

Colorado Springs charities get both high and low marks in ranking
The Gazette
June 4, 2014

Best Run Charities, Meet Them In St. Louie
The NonProfit Times
June 4, 2014

Denver charities rank in the middle for financial accountability
Denver Business Journal
June 3, 2014

See how much the CEOs of Orlando's top charities earn
Orlando Business Journal
June 3, 2014

Houston a top metro for charities
Houston Business Journal
June 3, 2014

Why Pittsburgh ranks so high in nonprofit performance
Pittsburgh Business Times
June 3, 2014

Group ranks Phila. 13th in nation for charity
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 3, 2014

Pittsburgh nonprofits robust financially, report says
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
June 3, 2014

Metro Market Study 2014

Charity Navigator recently completed our 10th 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. 

Interactive Chart

  • Select a variable from the drop down menu to see how markets compare.
  • Find out more about your city by clicking on it.
OVERALL SCORE
Rank
Metro Market
Median
1
St. Louis
88.79
2
Houston
88.62
3
Cleveland
88.01
4
Minneapolis/ St. Paul
87.87
5
Pittsburgh
87.82
6
Cincinnati
87.81
7
Boston
87.57
8
San Diego
87.50
9
San Francisco
87.43
10
Miami
86.71
11
Kansas City
86.59
12
Los Angeles
86.46
13
Philadelphia
86.45
14
Dallas
86.40
15
Chicago
86.36
16
Washington, DC
86.32
17
Indianapolis
86.27
17
Denver
86.27
19
New York City
86.15
National
86.12
20
Baltimore
85.79
21
Seattle
85.73
22
Nashville
85.66
23
Milwaukee
85.49
24
Detroit
85.01
25
Orlando
84.85
26
Tampa/St. Petersburg
84.79
27
Portland
84.76
28
Colorado Springs
84.38
29
Atlanta
83.88
30
Phoenix
83.75

 

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

  • The 30 metro markets account for 51% of the more than 7,000 charities evaluated by Charity Navigator as of May 1, 2014.
  • These charities generate 65% of the total revenue and 66% of the total expenses.
  • The largest market included 697 charities and the smallest comprised 41.

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

Results
Our analysis, completed in May of 2014, demonstrated that the financial, accountability and transparency behaviors of America's largest charities is influenced by the metropolitan market within which the charity operates. For example, charities in Indianapolis report a median surplus of $357k, whereas those in Detroit report a median deficit of $63k - a difference of more than $400k. This doesn’t mean that charities in Detroit are poorly managed. Rather, it means that the charities in this region are having a harder time, given the status of the local economy, generating enough revenue to meet the community’s current needs. 

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


Press Release - June 1, 2014
From Sea to Shining Sea, America is Charitable!

© 2014 Charity Navigator. Note: all data is based on Charity Navigator's June 2014 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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