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Average Charitable Contribution

Maintaining


Charitable Contributions as a Percent of Income

What does this measure?

Contributions to charitable organizations, measured as a percentage of 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, and their trust in those organizations to address causes important to them.

How is our region doing?

In 2019, MetroWest residents contributed just under $3.3 billion - or 1.7% of their income - to charitable organizations. This was down from 2.2% in 2017, when giving totaled almost $4.1 billion (in inflation-adjusted 2020 dollars). The region's rate in 2019 was similar to the state and nation (1.6%). Among local counties, giving was highest in 2019 in Middlesex, at 2.1%, and lowest in Worcester, at 0.7%.

Notes about the data

Figures are in constant 2020 dollars. Comparable data for some years was not available. 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. No county or state data are available on charitable contributions by taxpayers who take the standard deduction.

Charitable Contributions as a Percent of Income
201120122013201420152016201720182019
United States2.1%2.1%2.1%2.1%2.2%2.3%2.3%1.7%1.6%
Massachusetts1.7%1.9%1.9%1.9%1.8%2.0%2.1%1.7%1.5%
Region1.8%2.0%2.0%1.9%1.9%2.1%2.2%1.9%1.7%
Middlesex1.9%2.1%2.2%2.1%2.1%2.3%2.3%2.2%2.1%
Norfolk2.2%2.2%2.2%2.1%2.1%2.3%2.5%1.9%1.6%
Worcester1.2%1.2%1.2%1.2%1.2%1.2%1.3%0.7%0.7%

Source: Internal Revenue Service
Notes: Figures are in constant 2020 dollars.




Total Charitable Giving
201120122013201420152016201720182019
United States$199,688,644,512$216,799,354,556$214,480,637,572$225,671,539,077$237,208,013,061$248,552,013,926$264,482,586,704$198,639,721,849$186,742,430,447
Massachusetts$4,791,026,657$5,483,017,121$5,652,581,245$6,019,249,254$6,012,166,525$6,568,995,577$7,117,719,562$5,930,458,334$5,389,410,040
Region$2,761,563,846$3,121,458,335$3,173,398,572$3,265,886,174$3,407,302,717$3,651,031,951$4,064,760,215$3,540,471,856$3,276,267,227
Middlesex$1,557,499,398$1,791,221,830$1,897,339,256$1,950,497,546$2,010,224,305$2,193,802,453$2,315,767,172$2,333,608,274$2,227,069,176
Norfolk$873,383,429$980,117,845$925,965,603$966,831,862$1,019,121,340$1,072,770,500$1,347,773,698$975,646,982$818,598,854
Worcester$330,681,019$350,118,660$350,093,713$348,556,767$377,957,072$384,458,997$401,219,345$231,216,600$230,599,197

Source: Internal Revenue Service
Notes: Figures are in constant 2020 dollars.




INDICATORS TREND
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Children Living in Poverty Maintaining
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Disengaged Youth Decreasing
Reports of Domestic Violence Maintaining
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments Increasing
Households Without Vehicles Maintaining
Means of Transportation to Work Not Applicable
Households With Internet Access Not Applicable
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Average Charitable Contribution Maintaining
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Drug Poisoning Mortality Rate Increasing
Crimes Against People Decreasing
Incarceration Rates, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Total Population Increasing
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Population by Age Not Applicable
Change in Population by Age/Gender Not Applicable
Seniors Living Alone Decreasing
People with Disabilities Maintaining
Change in Total Jobs by Sector Not Applicable
Unemployment Rate Increasing
Business Ownership by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Share of Workers who are Professionals, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
High-Tech Jobs Maintaining
Female to Male Earnings Ratio Maintaining
Prekindergarten Participation Decreasing
School Spending Per Student Maintaining
Student Performance on Grade 3 English, by Student Group Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 Math by Student Group Not Applicable
Chronically Absent Students Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate by Student Group Increasing
Education Levels of Adults Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
College Admission Rate, by Race/Ethnicity Decreasing
People Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Education Level Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Household Receiving Temporary Assistance Maintaining
Participation in Food Assistance by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income Maintaining
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Living Wage Not Applicable
80/20 Income Ratio Maintaining
Access to Financial Services, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Homeownership Rates Increasing
Homeownership Rates, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Cost of Homeownership Increasing
Cost of Homeownership, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Cost of Rent Not Applicable
Cost of Rent, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Homelessness Increasing
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Incarceration Rates, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Business Ownership by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Share of Workers who are Professionals, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 3 English, by Student Group Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 Math by Student Group Not Applicable
High School Cohort Graduation Rate by Student Group Increasing
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
College Admission Rate, by Race/Ethnicity Decreasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Participation in Food Assistance by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Access to Financial Services, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Homeownership Rates, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Cost of Homeownership, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Cost of Rent, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable


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