Community Vitality
Charitable Contributions as a Percentage of Income

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Source: Internal Revenue Service

What does this measure?

Contributions to charitable organizations, measured as a percentage of total adjusted gross income.

Why is this important?

Charitable giving supports a wide variety of organizations, including those that provide essential services to the community and people in need. The level of giving shows residents' willingness to invest in programs and organizations serving the community. Looking at the level of giving as a percentage of income provides insight as to residents' generosity and capacity for further giving.

How is our region performing?

In 2018, residents in the region who itemized deductions gave 0.9% of their income as charitable contributions, below the levels for the state (2.1%) and nation (1.7%). Due to the change in tax laws, standard deductions nearly doubled for all filers for 2018 and therefore comparisons to prior years are not comparable.

Notes about the data

Figures are in constant 2019 dollars. Comparable data for some years was not available. These figures reflect contributions listed on tax returns with itemized deductions, which researchers estimate cover about 80% of all charitable giving nationally. High-income taxpayers are much more likely to file tax returns with itemized deductions than those with lower incomes. For 2018, the standard deduction has nearly doubled for all filers. No county or state data are available on charitable contributions by taxpayers who take the standard deduction.

Charitable Contributions as a Percent of Income
20112012201320142015201620172018
United States2.1%2.1%2.1%2.1%2.2%2.3%2.3%1.7%
NYS2.2%2.3%2.5%2.5%2.4%2.5%2.5%2.1%
NYS (excluding NYC)1.8%1.9%1.8%1.9%1.8%2.0%2.0%1.4%
Region1.8%1.7%1.7%1.7%1.9%1.7%1.7%0.9%
Monroe2.0%1.9%1.9%1.9%2.2%1.9%1.9%1.0%
Surrounding Counties1.3%1.3%1.3%1.3%1.3%1.3%1.4%0.6%
Genesee1.3%1.3%1.3%1.3%1.3%1.4%1.4%0.6%
Livingston1.3%1.3%1.3%1.3%1.3%1.3%1.2%0.5%
Ontario1.7%1.5%1.6%1.7%1.5%1.6%1.8%1.0%
Orleans1.1%1.2%1.1%1.1%1.0%1.0%1.1%0.4%
Seneca1.2%1.1%1.1%1.2%1.2%1.2%1.2%0.6%
Wayne1.2%1.2%1.2%1.2%1.1%1.2%1.2%0.5%
Wyoming1.1%1.1%1.0%1.0%1.0%1.1%1.1%0.4%
Yates1.2%1.3%1.1%1.1%1.1%1.2%1.2%0.6%

Source: Internal Revenue Service
Notes: Figures are in constant 2019 dollars.




Total Charitable Giving
20112012201320142015201620172018
United States$197,255,139,039$214,157,329,433$211,866,869,491$222,921,393,085$234,317,277,840$245,523,035,050$261,259,469,918$196,218,999,072
NYS$16,504,246,615$18,303,227,948$19,429,586,305$20,096,945,191$20,629,336,832$20,799,150,477$21,294,064,945$18,675,987,842
NYS (excluding NYC)$7,527,128,364$8,214,544,226$7,842,893,070$8,281,042,285$8,512,967,029$9,053,505,827$9,239,833,223$6,783,616,951
Region$610,789,269$599,972,285$594,051,316$593,393,660$700,127,422$623,713,517$653,641,064$340,857,334
Monroe$448,880,405$443,276,950$435,566,298$427,276,437$539,250,883$454,907,059$472,546,169$257,755,345
Surrounding Counties$161,908,864$156,695,335$158,485,018$166,117,222$160,876,539$168,806,459$181,094,895$83,101,990
Genesee$20,203,517$19,251,609$19,521,314$19,345,767$18,967,957$20,003,512$20,585,437$8,604,130
Livingston$19,739,800$19,846,227$19,842,865$21,533,694$21,748,702$21,230,629$20,524,943$9,051,085
Ontario$57,363,394$51,968,988$56,570,985$61,984,425$57,409,756$63,788,822$73,154,073$38,006,411
Orleans$10,225,644$10,243,250$9,680,544$9,459,058$9,327,036$9,214,036$9,624,685$3,436,154
Seneca$9,078,853$9,009,472$8,799,297$9,112,403$9,251,531$9,498,446$9,803,036$4,676,224
Wayne$28,733,410$29,212,025$28,198,795$28,547,803$28,082,500$28,150,210$29,335,055$11,704,305
Wyoming$10,094,939$9,981,573$9,560,922$9,806,794$9,980,694$10,173,787$10,937,806$4,022,591
Yates$6,469,308$7,182,190$6,310,297$6,327,277$6,108,362$6,747,018$7,129,860$3,601,090

Source: Internal Revenue Service
Notes: Figures are in constant 2019 dollars.











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INDICATORS - Grouped by Topic REGIONAL VALUE YEAR NYS COMPARISON TREND | REGION
Prenatal Care 77% 2017 3 0
Maintaining
Prenatal Care, by Race/Ethnicity 0 10 Not Applicable*
Babies Born with Low Birth Weights 8.2% 2017 2 1
Increasing
Babies Born with Low Birth Weights, Race/Ethnicity, Monroe County 0 10 Not Applicable*
Infant Mortality Rate 6.7 2015-17 2 0
Maintaining
Infant Mortality Rate, Race/Ethnicity, Monroe County 0 10 Not Applicable*
Children with Elevated Blood Lead Levels 0.9% 2016 2 -1
Decreasing
Children in Poverty 20% 2014-18 3 1
Increasing
Children in Poverty, Race/Ethnicity 2014-18 0 10 Not Applicable*
Single-Parent Families 39% 2014-18 2 1
Increasing
Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity 2014-18 0 10 Not Applicable*
Rate of Child Abuse and Neglect 21 2019 2 1
Increasing
Rate of Foster Care Admissions 2.4 2019 2 -1
Decreasing
Rate of Teen Pregnancy 2% 2017 3 -1
Decreasing
Rate of Teen Births 13 2017 2 -1
Decreasing
Arts and Culture Attendance 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Tourism Spending $1,419 2018 1 1
Increasing
Recreation Spending $80 2018 1 -1
Decreasing
Voter Registration Rate 83% 2019 3 1
Increasing
Voter Participation Rate 46% 2018 3 -1
Decreasing
Registered Library Borrowers 59% 2018 2 -1
Decreasing
Library Visits 5.6 2018 3 -1
Decreasing
Charitable Contributions as a Percentage of Income 0.9% 2018 2 0
Maintaining
Households Without Vehicles 10% 2014-18 3 0
Maintaining
Total Population 0.1% 2019 2 0
Maintaining
Population by Age 2014-18 0 10 Not Applicable*
Population by Race/Ethnicity 2014-18 0 10 Not Applicable*
Population by Age and Race/Ethnicity 2014-18 0 10 Not Applicable*
Disengaged Youth, Ages 16 to 19 6% 2014-18 3 -1
Decreasing
Median Household Income $57,350 2014-18 1 -1
Decreasing
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity 2014-18 0 10 Not Applicable*
People Living in Poverty 14% 2014-18 3 1
Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity 2014-18 0 10 Not Applicable*
Public Assistance Recipients 1.9% 2019 3 -1
Decreasing
Approval Rate for Public Assistance Applications 24% 2019 0 -1
Decreasing
Households Receiving SNAP 14% 2014-18 3 1
Increasing
Households Receiving SNAP by Race/Ethnicity 2014-18 0 10 Not Applicable*
Tax Filers Receiving Earned Income Tax Credit 15% 2018 3 -1
Decreasing
EITC Dollars $172 2018 1 -1
Decreasing
Change in Total Jobs 0.7% 2019 2 0
Maintaining
Change in Number of Business Establishments by Sector 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Change in Jobs by Sector 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Sector Shares of Regional Total Employment 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Unemployment Rate 4.1% 2019 2 0
Maintaining
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity 2014-18 0 10 Not Applicable*
Average Salary by Sector 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Change in Average Salary Since 2000 4% 2019 3 1
Increasing
Change in Average Salary Since 2000 by Sector 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Employment-to-Population Ratio 60% 2014-18 2 -1
Decreasing
Per-Capita Spending for Local Government $3,590 2018 0 1
Increasing
Prekindergarten Participation 45% 2018 2 1
Increasing
School Spending Per Student $23,807 2019 1 1
Increasing
Instructional Spending Per Student $17,112 2019 1 1
Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services 9% 2019 3 1
Increasing
Grade 3 English 44% 2019 2 1
Increasing
Grade 3 English by Student Subgroup 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 3 English by Race/Ethnicity 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 3 Math 49% 2019 2 1
Increasing
Grade 3 Math by Student Subgroup 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 3 Math by Race/Ethnicity 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 8 English 39% 2019 2 1
Increasing
Grade 8 English by Student Subgroup 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 8 English by Race/Ethnicity 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 8 Math 49% 2019 2 1
Increasing
Regents Algebra 1 73% 2019 3 1
Increasing
Regents English 83% 2019 2 1
Increasing
Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rate 86% 2019 3 1
Increasing
Cohort Graduation Rate, Beyond Four Years 88% 2019 3 1
Increasing
Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Education Levels of Adults 2014-18 0 10 Not Applicable*
Education Levels of Adults by Race/Ethnicity 2014-18 0 10 Not Applicable*
People Without Health Insurance 5% 2018 3 -1
Decreasing
Supply of Doctors 34.7 2017 1 1
Increasing
Mortality Rate 700 2017 1 -1
Decreasing
Chlamydia Rate 55 2018 3 1
Increasing
Chlamydia Rates, Race/Ethnicity, Monroe County 0 10 Not Applicable*
Gonorrhea Rate 18 2018 3 -1
Decreasing
Gonorrhea Rates, Race/Ethnicity, Monroe County 0 10 Not Applicable*
Early Syphilis Rates 1.8 2018 3 1
Increasing
Early Syphilis Rates within Monroe County, by Race/Ethnicity 0 10 Not Applicable*
People Living with HIV 103 2018 0 1
Increasing
People Living with HIV by Race/Ethnicity 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
People Living with AIDS 136 2018 0 1
Increasing
People Living with AIDS by Race/Ethnicity 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Percent of Days with Good Air Quality 0 10 Not Applicable*
Alcohol-related Crashes 3.0 2019 2 -1
Decreasing
Median Home Value $135,915 2014-18 1 -1
Decreasing
Admissions to Substance Abuse Treatment by Primary Substance 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Median Rental Prices $855 2014-18 3 -1
Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners 2.4 2014-18 3 0
Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Homeowners by Race/Ethnicity 2014-18 0 10 Not Applicable*
Overall Housing Cost Burden 30% 2014-18 3 -1
Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Renters 34% 2014-18 3 10 Not Applicable*
Rent Burdened Households 50% 2014-18 3 -1
Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Renters by Race/Ethnicity 2014-18 0 10 Not Applicable*
Homeownership Rate 68% 2014-18 3 -1
Decreasing
Homeownership Rate by Race/Ethnicity 2014-18 0 10 Not Applicable*
Vacant Housing Units 10% 2014-18 3 1
Increasing
Homeless Persons 0 10 Not Applicable*
Serious Crimes 190 2018 1 -1
Decreasing
Violent Crimes 24 2018 3 1
Increasing
Victims of Domestic Violence 59 2019 0 -1
Decreasing
Incarceration Rates 12.9 2019 0 -1
Decreasing
Incarceration Rates, by Race/Ethnicity 2015 0 10 Not Applicable*
Arrest Rates 170.5 2019 3 -1
Decreasing
Arrest Rates, by Race/Ethnicity 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
*No or multiple regional values for this indicator


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