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2015 Metro Market Study

 
 

Charity Navigator recently completed our 11th 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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EXCESS (OR DEFICIT)
Rank
Metro Market
Median
1
Indianapolis
$417,596
2
Houston
$369,235
3
Cleveland
$236,986
4
Dallas
$235,253
5
San Diego
$208,591
6
Cincinnati
$196,130
7
Miami
$196,098
8
Milwaukee
$176,554
9
Chicago
$173,786
10
Boston
$149,920
11
Seattle
$136,781
12
Baltimore
$130,546
13
Atlanta
$127,863
14
Los Angeles
$125,808
15
St. Louis
$111,621
16
Detroit
$103,178
17
Denver
$101,362
National
$93,345
18
Kansas City
$93,203
19
Minneapolis/ St. Paul
$90,210
20
New York City
$90,043
21
Tampa/St. Petersburg
$81,974
22
Orlando
$53,325
23
San Francisco
$52,974
24
Philadelphia
$50,326
25
Phoenix
$49,571
26
Colorado Springs
$43,964
27
Nashville
$19,345
28
Washington, DC
$16,663
29
Portland
$8,742
30
Pittsburgh
$-46,976

 

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

  • The 30 metro markets account for 63% of the more than 8,200 charities evaluated by Charity Navigator as of May 1, 2015.
  • These charities generate 74% of the total revenue and 66% of the total expenses.
  • The largest market included 932 charities and the smallest comprised 49.

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 May of 2015, 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 roughly $418k, whereas those in Pittsburgh report a median deficit of nearly $47k - a difference of more than $370k. This doesn’t mean that charities in Pittsburgh 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 5, 2015
America, Home to the Brave and the Charitable 

© 2015 Charity Navigator. Note: all data is based on Charity Navigator's June 2015 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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