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.
We began by segmenting the charities in our database into 30 major metropolitan markets.
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.
- Overall Score
- Financial Score
- Accountability & Transparency Score
- Program Expenses
- Administrative Expenses
- Fundraising Expenses
- Fundraising Efficiency
- Primary Revenue Growth
- Program Expenses Growth
- Working Capital Ratio
Accountability & Transparency Metrics
- Form 990 Online
- Audited Financial Statements Online
- Board List Online
- Senior Staff Online
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.