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 2016, 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 decrease in total contributions in three of the nine counties. Ontario (11%) and Livingston (8%) had the greatest increase in total contributions from 2011, compared to 26% for the state and 24% in the nation.

Notes about the data

Figures are in constant 2017 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
201120122013201420152016
United States2.1%2.1%2.1%2.1%2.2%2.3%
NYS2.2%2.3%2.5%2.5%2.4%2.5%
NYS (excluding NYC)1.8%1.9%1.8%1.9%1.8%2.0%
Region1.8%1.7%1.7%1.7%1.9%1.7%
Monroe2.0%1.9%1.9%1.9%2.2%1.9%
Surrounding Counties1.3%1.3%1.3%1.3%1.3%1.3%
Genesee1.3%1.3%1.3%1.3%1.3%1.4%
Livingston1.3%1.3%1.3%1.3%1.3%1.3%
Ontario1.7%1.5%1.6%1.7%1.5%1.6%
Orleans1.1%1.2%1.1%1.1%1.0%1.0%
Seneca1.2%1.1%1.1%1.2%1.2%1.2%
Wayne1.2%1.2%1.2%1.2%1.1%1.2%
Wyoming1.1%1.1%1.0%1.0%1.0%1.1%
Yates1.2%1.3%1.1%1.1%1.1%1.2%

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




Total Charitable Giving
201120122013201420152016
United States$189,125,193,839$205,330,754,059$203,134,696,291$213,733,603,512$224,659,802,564$235,403,710,250
NYS$15,824,017,845$17,548,853,482$18,628,788,553$19,268,641,990$19,779,090,908$19,941,905,620
NYS (excluding NYC)$7,216,894,920$7,875,978,677$7,519,645,265$7,939,735,994$8,162,101,871$8,680,362,159
Region$585,615,358$575,244,200$569,567,266$568,936,715$671,271,406$598,006,929
Monroe$430,379,630$425,007,123$417,614,268$409,666,077$517,025,454$436,157,892
Surrounding Counties$155,235,729$150,237,077$151,952,998$159,270,638$154,245,951$161,849,037
Genesee$19,370,821$18,458,146$18,716,736$18,548,424$18,186,186$19,179,059
Livingston$18,926,216$19,028,258$19,025,033$20,646,175$20,852,321$20,355,601
Ontario$54,999,140$49,827,067$54,239,391$59,429,713$55,043,591$61,159,742
Orleans$9,804,190$9,821,071$9,281,556$9,069,200$8,942,619$8,834,276
Seneca$8,704,665$8,638,144$8,436,631$8,736,832$8,870,226$9,106,964
Wayne$27,549,152$28,008,041$27,036,571$27,371,195$26,925,070$26,989,989
Wyoming$9,678,872$9,570,179$9,166,865$9,402,603$9,569,336$9,754,470
Yates$6,202,673$6,886,173$6,050,215$6,066,496$5,856,603$6,468,937

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











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