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Metro Market Study 2013

Charity Navigator recently completed our 9th annual national study to analyze any statistical 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.
WORKING CAPITAL RATIO
Rank
Metro Market
Median
1
Cleveland
1.68
2
St. Louis
1.49
3
Pittsburgh
1.46
4
Cincinnati
1.29
5
Boston
1.28
6
Tampa/St. Petersburg
1.25
7
Nashville
1.23
7
Houston
1.23
9
Atlanta
1.21
10
Indianapolis
1.19
11
Baltimore
1.17
12
San Diego
1.15
13
Philadelphia
1.12
14
Minneapolis/ St. Paul
1.06
National
1.05
15
New York City
1.03
16
Seattle
0.98
17
Chicago
0.95
18
Los Angeles
0.93
18
Denver
0.93
20
Dallas
0.90
21
Portland
0.84
22
Orlando
0.81
23
Milwaukee
0.80
24
Kansas City
0.79
25
Miami
0.77
26
Washington, DC
0.76
27
San Francisco
0.75
28
Detroit
0.68
29
Phoenix
0.64
30
Colorado Springs
0.62

 

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

  • The 30 metro markets account for 52% of the more than 6,300 charities evaluated by Charity Navigator as of May 1, 2013.
  • These charities generate 67% of the total revenue and the total expenses.
  • The largest market included 661 charities and the smallest comprised 36.

Using the data we've obtained from the charities' Forms 990 and their websites, we calculated the median value of the following variables 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 2013, demonstrated that the financial, accountability and transparency behavoirs of America's largest charities is influenced by the metropolitan market within which the charity operates. For example,the fact that donors get 6.2 cents more out of every dollar donated in Detroit than they do in New York is an important realization for the charities and donors in each of those cities. It doesn’t mean that New York’s charities are wasteful or poorly managed. Rather, it means that the cost of doing business in New York is greater. 
For more differences between cities, use the interactive chart on the right.


Press Release - June 1, 2013
How Does Your City's Charities Stack Up?

© 2013 Charity Navigator. Note: all data is based on Charity Navigator's May 2013 Metro Market Charitable Analysis Study. These sector reports do not claim to represent median data for all charities. Charity Navigator is the largest evaluator of 501 (c) (3) charities in the U.S.

 
 
   
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