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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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CEO COMPENSATION
Rank
Metro Market
Median
1
Washington, DC
$181,945
2
New York City
$175,803
3
Los Angeles
$164,121
4
Milwaukee
$153,050
5
Boston
$147,007
6
San Diego
$145,561
7
Houston
$143,558
8
Baltimore
$141,569
9
San Francisco
$141,184
10
Cleveland
$133,617
11
St. Louis
$133,301
12
Detroit
$133,205
13
Chicago
$132,733
14
Philadelphia
$128,035
15
Indianapolis
$127,788
16
Miami
$127,745
National
$126,450
17
Denver
$126,023
18
Pittsburgh
$125,242
19
Atlanta
$125,175
20
Nashville
$124,167
21
Kansas City
$123,824
22
Dallas
$123,317
23
Tampa/St. Petersburg
$122,944
24
Colorado Springs
$122,908
25
Phoenix
$117,418
26
Seattle
$115,517
27
Minneapolis/ St. Paul
$114,781
28
Portland
$113,708
29
Cincinnati
$113,156
30
Orlando
$106,948

 

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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