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2017 Metro Market Study

 
 

Charity Navigator recently completed our 13th 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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OVERALL SCORE
Rank
Metro Market
Median
1
San Diego
90.10
2
Houston
90.05
3
St. Louis
90.03
4
Tampa/St. Petersburg
89.51
5
Dallas
89.39
6
Cleveland
89.33
7
Miami
89.20
8
Minneapolis/ St. Paul
89.00
9
Kansas City
88.66
10
Portland
88.63
11
Chicago
88.53
12
Phoenix
88.16
12
Milwaukee
88.16
14
Los Angeles
88.12
15
Orlando
88.01
16
San Francisco
87.92
17
Detroit
87.84
National
87.77
18
Atlanta
87.68
19
New York City
87.58
20
Philadelphia
87.50
21
Baltimore
87.48
22
Denver
87.43
23
Boston
87.39
24
Washington, DC
87.38
25
Seattle
87.29
26
Nashville
87.15
27
Pittsburgh
87.10
28
Colorado Springs
86.85
29
Indianapolis
86.84
30
Cincinnati
85.57

 

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 8,219 charities evaluated by Charity Navigator as of May 1, 2017.
  • The largest market included 967 charities and the smallest comprised 45.

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 2017, demonstrated that the financial, accountability and transparency behaviors of America's largest charities can be influenced by the metropolitan market within which the charity operates. The fact that CEO Compensation tends to be greater in cities like D.C. and New York than cities like Colorado Springs and Orlando is an important realization for the charities and donors in each of those cities. It doesn’t mean that charities in D.C. and New York are wasteful or poorly managed. Rather, it means that the cost of doing business in those cities 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, view our slideshow and read our press release.

 

© 2017 Charity Navigator. Note: all data are based on Charity Navigator's May 2017 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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