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 2016, the average charitable contribution in the Mid-Hudson Valley region was about $3,600, below the $5,100 state (excluding NYC) and $6,400 national average. The region's average contribution increased 16% from $3,100 in 2011, below the state (excluding NYC) and national increase of 25% and 28% respectively over the same timeframe. Residents in Columbia County had the highest average charitable contribution in the region at just below $4,300 followed by Orange County at $4,100 and the lowest was Greene County at $2,800 in 2016.

Notes about the data

Figures are in constant 2017 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. No county or state data are available on charitable contributions by taxpayers who take the standard deduction.

Average Charitable Giving
Columbia County$3,684$4,435$4,288$5,447$5,412$4,277
Dutchess County$3,348$3,293$3,494$3,511$3,583$3,622
Greene County$2,682$2,786$2,651$2,720$2,695$2,847
Orange County$3,181$3,353$3,393$3,647$3,968$4,066
Putnam County$2,949$2,993$3,158$3,350$3,396$3,222
Sullivan County$2,723$2,888$2,851$2,973$3,474$3,118
Ulster County$2,748$2,679$2,691$2,842$2,919$3,051
NYS (excluding NYC)$4,079$4,501$4,363$4,671$4,774$5,083

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

Total Charitable Giving
Columbia County$30,348,637$35,126,956$33,186,746$41,777,959$41,344,745$32,676,607
Dutchess County$171,982,510$167,455,713$175,018,523$172,193,652$176,939,126$179,490,013
Greene County$14,543,372$14,653,136$13,544,065$13,353,747$13,337,915$14,064,371
Orange County$197,819,715$206,346,042$207,127,805$221,138,754$243,476,676$248,091,993
Putnam County$67,100,454$67,664,924$70,886,427$73,898,602$76,415,074$73,073,247
Sullivan County$26,156,493$27,027,962$25,655,017$25,984,774$30,359,606$26,687,683
Ulster County$73,576,646$69,689,138$68,513,690$70,110,019$73,072,581$76,452,741
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

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

Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Decreasing
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity Decreasing
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 Decreasing
Population by Race/Ethnicity Increasing
Household Types Increasing
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 Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 4 English, by Race/Ethnicity Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 4 Math, by Student Group Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 4 Math, by Race/Ethnicity Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
High School Cohort Dropout Rate Decreasing
High School GED Rate Decreasing
Plans of High School Graduates Increasing
Education Levels of Adults Increasing
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Increasing
Median Household Income Decreasing
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity Decreasing
People Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Increasing
Seniors Living in Poverty Decreasing
Children Receiving Subsidized Child Care Maintaining
Veterans Living in Poverty Maintaining
Economically Disadvantaged Students Increasing
Earned Income Tax Credit Participation Maintaining
Living Wage Rate by Household Type Increasing
Income in Relation to Poverty Level Maintaining
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Early Prenatal Care, by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Domestic Violence Increasing
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 Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Renters Increasing
Violent Crimes Decreasing