Community Vitality

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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 2019, residents in the region who itemized deductions gave 0.8% of their income as charitable contributions, below the levels for the state (1.8%) and nation (1.6%). 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 2020 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
201120122013201420152016201720182019
NYS2.2%2.3%2.5%2.5%2.4%2.5%2.5%2.1%1.8%
NYS (excluding NYC)1.8%1.9%1.8%1.9%1.8%2.0%2.0%1.4%1.3%
Region1.8%1.7%1.7%1.7%1.9%1.7%1.7%0.9%0.8%
Monroe2.0%1.9%1.9%1.9%2.2%1.9%1.9%1.0%0.9%
Surrounding Counties1.3%1.3%1.3%1.3%1.3%1.3%1.4%0.6%0.6%
Genesee1.3%1.3%1.3%1.3%1.3%1.4%1.4%0.6%0.6%
Livingston1.3%1.3%1.3%1.3%1.3%1.3%1.2%0.5%0.5%
Ontario1.7%1.5%1.6%1.7%1.5%1.6%1.8%1.0%0.9%
Orleans1.1%1.2%1.1%1.1%1.0%1.0%1.1%0.4%0.4%
Seneca1.2%1.1%1.1%1.2%1.2%1.2%1.2%0.6%0.6%
Wayne1.2%1.2%1.2%1.2%1.1%1.2%1.2%0.5%0.4%
Wyoming1.1%1.1%1.0%1.0%1.0%1.1%1.1%0.4%0.4%
Yates1.2%1.3%1.1%1.1%1.1%1.2%1.2%0.6%0.6%

Source: Internal Revenue Service
Notes: Figures are in constant 2020 dollars.




Total Charitable Giving
201120122013201420152016201720182019
NYS$16,707,856,897$18,529,031,978$19,669,286,041$20,344,878,027$20,883,837,700$21,055,746,309$21,556,766,458$18,906,390,552$15,704,793,450
NYS (excluding NYC)$7,619,989,357$8,315,885,759$7,939,649,603$8,383,204,195$8,617,990,157$9,165,197,498$9,353,823,585$6,867,305,361$6,236,002,033
Region$618,324,480$607,374,048$601,380,033$600,714,263$708,764,784$631,408,173$661,704,930$345,062,438$315,463,394
Monroe$454,418,172$448,745,588$440,939,810$432,547,679$545,903,536$460,519,175$478,375,897$260,935,232$235,185,083
Surrounding Counties$163,906,308$158,628,460$160,440,223$168,166,584$162,861,247$170,888,997$183,329,034$84,127,206$80,278,312
Genesee$20,452,764$19,489,113$19,762,145$19,584,433$19,201,962$20,250,292$20,839,396$8,710,278$9,045,230
Livingston$19,983,326$20,091,067$20,087,663$21,799,352$22,017,012$21,492,548$20,778,156$9,162,747$8,194,867
Ontario$58,071,077$52,610,121$57,268,893$62,749,117$58,118,011$64,575,775$74,056,563$38,475,290$35,886,329
Orleans$10,351,796$10,369,619$9,799,971$9,575,753$9,442,102$9,327,708$9,743,423$3,478,546$3,552,290
Seneca$9,190,857$9,120,621$8,907,853$9,224,821$9,365,666$9,615,627$9,923,974$4,733,914$4,608,157
Wayne$29,087,890$29,572,409$28,546,679$28,899,993$28,428,950$28,497,495$29,696,957$11,848,699$10,892,744
Wyoming$10,219,479$10,104,714$9,678,874$9,927,779$10,103,825$10,299,299$11,072,744$4,072,217$4,034,162
Yates$6,549,119$7,270,795$6,388,146$6,405,336$6,183,720$6,830,254$7,217,820$3,645,516$4,064,532

Source: Internal Revenue Service
Notes: Figures are in constant 2020 dollars.











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