The Chronicle of Philanthropy: How America Gives 2014 Study

Chronicle of PhilanthropyThe Chronicle of Philanthropy has released its 2014 “How America Gives” study. The study was based on aggregated data from 2012, the most recent year with available IRS tax data. This data was, in turn, compared with data from 2006 in order to determine percentage rates of change. Giving was tracked at the state, county, metropolitan-area, and Zip code levels.

The ranking of zip codes and counties was based on the ratio of an individual’s AGI to the total amount of their itemized charitable giving. Total amount tracked was $180 billion which, according to Giving USA accounts for approximately 80% of total giving in 2012.

While the average individual giving of 3% has not changed significantly there does exist a large divide of ratios of giving between low income and high income individuals.

The study found that individuals from lower to middle income brackets increased their giving despite earning less during the recession. Individuals who earned $100,000 or more increased their giving from 2006 to 2012 by 4.6%.

However, according to The Chronicle’s analysis Americans with an AGI of $200,000 or more demonstrated a decrease of 4.6% in their giving ratio from 2006 to 2012. But the total dollar amount given in this income bracket increased by $4.6 billion.

Charlie Shufeldt of the BeltLine Partnership in Atlanga, GA. Photo courtesy of Christopher T. Martin for The Chronicle

In Allen County the giving ratio was 3.63% demonstrating a slightly above average philanthropic giving trend. A similar trend persists in DeKalb, Huntington, and Whitely counties. Wells and Adams county each exhibited higher given ratios of 6.3% and 5.46% respectively.

The “How America Gives” Interactive Map allows you to explore giving patterns by income range within Zip Codes, Metro areas, Counties, and States.

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