Community Engagement
Average Charitable Giving

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Average Charitable Giving

What does this measure?

Contributions to charitable organizations, measured as an average per tax return with itemized contributions.

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.

How is the region performing?

In 2018, the average charitable contribution in the Mid-Hudson Valley region was about $7,600, below the $10,800 state (excluding NYC) and $13,200 national average. Residents in Columbia County had the highest average charitable contribution in the region at just below $11,000 followed by Orange County at $8,500 and the lowest was Sullivan County at $5,700 in 2018.

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. 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.

Average Charitable Giving
Columbia County$3,843$4,626$4,472$5,681$5,644$4,461$5,576$10,992
Dutchess County$3,492$3,435$3,644$3,661$3,737$3,777$3,685$7,239
Greene County$2,798$2,906$2,764$2,837$2,810$2,969$3,237$6,204
Orange County$3,318$3,497$3,539$3,804$4,139$4,241$4,522$8,502
Putnam County$3,076$3,121$3,293$3,494$3,542$3,360$3,882$6,686
Sullivan County$2,840$3,012$2,973$3,101$3,623$3,252$3,181$5,718
Ulster County$2,866$2,794$2,807$2,964$3,045$3,182$3,305$6,411
NYS (excluding NYC)$4,255$4,695$4,550$4,872$4,979$5,301$5,376$10,790

Source: Internal Revenue Service
Notes: Figures are in constant 2017 dollars.

Total Charitable Giving
Columbia County$31,653,237$36,636,962$34,613,348$43,573,873$43,122,036$34,081,280$42,546,573$25,390,889
Dutchess County$179,375,541$174,654,149$182,542,063$179,595,760$184,545,227$187,205,770$184,376,132$129,642,280
Greene County$15,168,549$15,283,031$14,126,285$13,927,786$13,911,274$14,668,958$16,022,368$8,065,545
Orange County$206,323,413$215,216,261$216,031,630$230,644,869$253,943,034$258,756,751$279,889,762$196,061,360
Putnam County$69,984,909$70,573,643$73,933,629$77,075,290$79,699,937$76,214,455$87,818,472$61,443,528
Sullivan County$27,280,885$28,189,816$26,757,852$27,101,785$31,664,678$27,834,909$27,418,045$13,780,251
Ulster County$76,739,494$72,684,873$71,458,895$73,123,846$76,213,760$79,739,223$82,567,031$48,342,363
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

Source: Internal Revenue Service
Notes: Figures are in constant 2017 dollars.

Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Rate of Child Abuse and Neglect Increasing
Rate of Foster Care Admissions Maintaining
Teen Pregnancy Decreasing
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Juvenile Delinquency Intakes Decreasing
Bullying at School Decreasing
Average Charitable Giving Increasing
Voter Registration Rate Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Total Population Increasing
Population by Age Not Applicable
Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Household Types Not Applicable
Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Employment by Sector Not Applicable
Spending for County Government Increasing
Tourism Revenue Increasing
Preschoolers Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Per-Student Spending Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 4 English, by Student Group Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 4 English, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 4 Math, by Student Group Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 4 Math, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
High School Cohort Dropout Rate Decreasing
High School GED Rate Decreasing
Plans of High School Graduates Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income Decreasing
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Seniors Living in Poverty Decreasing
Children Receiving Subsidized Child Care Maintaining
Veterans Living in Poverty Decreasing
Economically Disadvantaged Students Increasing
Earned Income Tax Credit Participation Decreasing
Living Wage Rate by Household Type Not Applicable
Income in Relation to Poverty Level Not Applicable
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Early Prenatal Care, by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Domestic Violence Decreasing
Deaths from Drug Overdoses Increasing
Babies with Low Birth Weights Maintaining
People Living wth HIV Decreasing
Mental Health Clinic Visits Decreasing
Homeownership Rates Maintaining
Homeless Persons Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Renters Not Applicable
Violent Crimes Decreasing