State by State Comparison of Pre and Post-Recession Charitable Giving

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There has been a lot of discussion during the Great Recession and in its wake about how it has effected charitable giving in the United States.  Analytical Ones has just refreshed the IRS data we use in our Share of Wallet analyses and has taken this opportunity to look at how giving has changed at a state by state level.

Below is a map of the continental US that displays the change in annual charitable giving between 2008 and 2011. The data comes directly from the IRS and is based on deductions taken on federal income tax returns.

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It appears the Southwest was hit the worst with Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico all with residents giving less overall in 2011 than in 2008. 7 other states also experienced a net decrease in giving (AK,LA,DE,OK,SC,HI,WY). In contrast, the Northern Plains was an area of significant growth with a cluster of 4 states (ND,SD,NE,IA) all increasing over 10%. The typical state nationwide had somewhere less than 10% growth in annual giving. Massachusetts is the only other state with more than 10% growth. However, giving in Washington D.C. also increased 13%.

Below are the values by state alphabetically.

If you would like to see the changes in a more specific market (County, City or Zip Code) reach out to us and we would be happy to help.

State Change
AK

-9%

AL

1%

AR

4%

AZ

-4%

CA

4%

CO

4%

CT

2%

DC

12%

DE

-2%

FL

2%

GA

5%

HI

-1%

IA

11%

ID

3%

IL

3%

IN

4%

KS

6%

KY

3%

LA

-3%

MA

12%

MD

5%

ME

2%

MI

0%

MN

4%

MO

3%

MS

1%

MT

0%

NC

0%

ND

21%

NE

11%

NH

3%

NJ

0%

NM

-5%

NV

-7%

NY

2%

OH

4%

OK

-2%

OR

2%

PA

6%

RI

2%

SC

-2%

SD

16%

TN

4%

TX

6%

UT

1%

VA

8%

VT

3%

WA

3%

WI

3%

WV

5%

WY

-1%

3 Comments

  1. avatar

    A major factor in the difference is HOW charitable gifts are given – and whether they are reported on IRS documents. Since 2008 I have quit recording with the IRS the majority of what I give charitably – principally because the IRS gives little to no credit, and seem to use giving as a criteria for choosing who to abuse with audits etc. Many of us no longer find the IRS legitimate in their dealings, and as such, I believe there to be a great pulling away from reporting to the IRS in general as more and more of the economy goes underground.

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  2. avatar

    Charitable “Share of Wallet” implies a metric that looks at charitable giving as a percentage of earnings or income. Were you able to calculate the percent of income that folks donate to charity?

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    • avatar

      Hi Jim,

      Thanks for commenting.

      We do have Share of Wallet information available at the State, County, and ZIP levels. I chose to go with raw giving for this blog because Share of Wallet varies so much by ZIP and I was placing priority on a nice clean snapshot of US trends.

      If there is a particular geography you are interested in send us a web “Contact” or give me a call.

      http://www.analyticalones.com/contact-us/

      We’d be happy to work with you.

      Reply

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