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 2017, residents in the region gave 1.7% of their income as charitable contributions, below the levels for the state (2.5%) and nation (2.3%). Since 2011, contributions as a share of income has remained relatively steady for the nation, state and region, despite a slight increase in total contributions in two of the nine counties. Ontario (28%) and Yates (10%) had the greatest increase in total contributions from 2011, compared to 29% for the state and 32% in the nation.

Notes about the data

Figures are in constant 2018 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. No county or state data are available on charitable contributions by taxpayers who take the standard deduction.

Charitable Contributions as a Percent of Income
2011201220132014201520162017
United States2.1%2.1%2.1%2.1%2.2%2.3%2.3%
NYS2.2%2.3%2.5%2.5%2.4%2.5%2.5%
NYS (excluding NYC)1.8%1.9%1.8%1.9%1.8%2.0%2.0%
Region1.8%1.7%1.7%1.7%1.9%1.7%1.7%
Monroe2.0%1.9%1.9%1.9%2.2%1.9%1.9%
Surrounding Counties1.3%1.3%1.3%1.3%1.3%1.3%1.4%
Genesee1.3%1.3%1.3%1.3%1.3%1.4%1.4%
Livingston1.3%1.3%1.3%1.3%1.3%1.3%1.2%
Ontario1.7%1.5%1.6%1.7%1.5%1.6%1.8%
Orleans1.1%1.2%1.1%1.1%1.0%1.0%1.1%
Seneca1.2%1.1%1.1%1.2%1.2%1.2%1.2%
Wayne1.2%1.2%1.2%1.2%1.1%1.2%1.2%
Wyoming1.1%1.1%1.0%1.0%1.0%1.1%1.1%
Yates1.2%1.3%1.1%1.1%1.1%1.2%1.2%

Source: Internal Revenue Service
Notes: Figures are in constant 2016 dollars.




Total Charitable Giving
2011201220132014201520162017
United States$193,744,533,491$210,345,910,818$208,096,214,840$218,953,997,948$230,147,066,916$241,153,392,093$256,609,761,175
NYS$16,210,515,866$17,977,480,219$19,083,792,458$19,739,274,168$20,262,190,685$20,428,982,109$20,915,088,443
NYS (excluding NYC)$7,393,165,930$8,068,347,657$7,703,310,882$8,133,662,231$8,361,459,345$8,892,378,021$9,075,389,295
Region$599,918,880$589,294,409$583,478,816$582,832,865$687,667,056$612,613,111$642,008,029
Monroe$440,891,554$435,387,825$427,814,401$419,672,078$529,653,683$446,810,949$464,136,131
Surrounding Counties$159,027,326$153,906,584$155,664,415$163,160,787$158,013,373$165,802,162$177,871,898
Genesee$19,843,949$18,908,982$19,173,888$19,001,465$18,630,379$19,647,503$20,219,072
Livingston$19,388,485$19,493,018$19,489,716$21,150,453$21,361,634$20,852,782$20,159,655
Ontario$56,342,481$51,044,081$55,564,176$60,881,271$56,388,018$62,653,554$71,852,129
Orleans$10,043,655$10,060,948$9,508,256$9,290,713$9,161,040$9,050,051$9,453,392
Seneca$8,917,274$8,849,128$8,642,693$8,950,227$9,086,879$9,329,399$9,628,568
Wayne$28,222,034$28,692,131$27,696,933$28,039,730$27,582,708$27,649,213$28,812,971
Wyoming$9,915,276$9,803,928$9,390,764$9,632,260$9,803,065$9,992,721$10,743,143
Yates$6,354,172$7,054,366$6,197,990$6,214,669$5,999,650$6,626,939$7,002,968

Source: Internal Revenue Service
Notes: Figures are in constant 2016 dollars.











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