Online fundraising continued its double-digit growth in 2013, retaining the mantle as the fastest growing fundraising channel, growing at 13.5% according to Blackbaud’s most recent Charitable Giving Report.

For many years now Blackbaud has published data on the most generous online giving cities in the United States. For the 2013 edition, we made the decision to significantly expand the amount of data in the analysis. We also applied some additional statistical rigor used in The Blackbaud Index, which has become a trusted and valued source of nonprofit fundraising information since its launch four years ago.

In 2013, donors in the 265 cities raised more than $822 million online—a whopping 61% increase from 2012. Additionally, online donations grew by 31% from 2012 to 2013, from nearly $6.4 million to more than $8.3 million.

 Most Generous Cities based on Online Fundraising

Most Generous Cities by Region:

From a regional perspective, the West has the most cities in the top 25 with 8. The regions (based on the U.S. Census map) with the most cities in the top 25 are:

  • West – 8
  • South – 7
  • Midwest – 7
  • Northeast – 3

Most Generous Cities of 2013 Ranked:

City State Population Donations Amount Amount per
1000 Population
Seattle WA 620,778.00 201,502.00 $33,237,700.39 $53,542.01
Alexandria VA 144,301.00 73,343.00 $6,809,882.84 $47,192.21
Atlanta GA 432,427.00 140,175.00 $17,669,499.67 $40,861.23
Washington DC 617,996.00 177,214.00 $23,590,663.25 $38,172.84
Cambridge MA 106,038.00 35,389.00 $3,828,539.66 $36,105.36
Ann Arbor MI 114,925.00 38,612.00 $4,133,890.02 $35,970.33
Arlington VA 216,004.00 72,031.00 $7,273,133.97 $33,671.29
Cincinnati OH 296,223.00 87,030.00 $8,793,370.11 $29,684.97
Bellevue WA 124,798.00 27,411.00 $3,603,650.59 $28,875.87
San Francisco CA 812,826.00 179,595.00 $22,276,820.27 $27,406.63
Minneapolis MN 387,753.00 101,769.00 $10,495,508.12 $27,067.51
St. Louis MO 318,069.00 94,180.00 $8,470,052.23 $26,629.61
Berkeley CA 113,905.00 32,500.00 $2,851,278.40 $25,032.07
Pasadena CA 138,101.00 27,480.00 $3,339,542.93 $24,181.89
Scottsdale AZ 221,020.00 48,146.00 $5,244,581.94 $23,728.99
Naperville IL 142,773.00 34,809.00 $3,348,525.37 $23,453.49
Pittsburgh PA 307,484.00 76,757.00 $6,364,525.89 $20,698.72
Austin TX 820,611.00 147,359.00 $16,977,017.93 $20,688.27
Stamford CT 123,868.00 22,034.00 $2,501,758.24 $20,196.97
Orlando FL 243,195.00 59,818.00 $4,882,959.89 $20,078.37
Salt Lake City UT 189,899.00 37,320.00 $3,758,933.39 $19,794.38
Miami FL 408,750.00 76,749.00 $8,086,850.70 $19,784.34
St. Paul MN 288,448.00 57,450.00 $5,544,445.17 $19,221.65
Overland Park KS 176,185.00 23,197.00 $3,186,951.38 $18,088.66
Denver CO 619,968.00 115,300.00 $11,117,766.20 $17,932.81
Plano TX 269,776.00 35,049.00 $4,765,127.14 $17,663.27
Fort Lauderdale FL 168,528.00 24,710.00 $2,933,229.73 $17,405.00
Irvine CA 215,529.00 31,559.00 $3,571,814.19 $16,572.31
Richmond VA 205,533.00 39,293.00 $3,395,150.18 $16,518.76
Raleigh NC 416,468.00 122,149.00 $6,769,883.00 $16,255.47
Cary NC 139,633.00 43,992.00 $2,251,026.32 $16,121.02
Sunnyvale CA 142,287.00 21,487.00 $2,260,965.50 $15,890.18
Tampa FL 346,037.00 60,557.00 $5,462,841.52 $15,786.87
Houston TX 2,145,146.00 291,416.00 $33,257,867.92 $15,503.78
Dallas TX 1,223,229.00 117,368.00 $18,923,074.60 $15,469.77
Madison WI 236,901.00 45,847.00 $3,540,608.05 $14,945.52
Portland OR 593,820.00 98,716.00 $8,561,003.46 $14,416.83
Rochester NY 210,855.00 52,545.00 $3,038,837.59 $14,411.98
Durham NC 233,252.00 76,201.00 $3,322,134.83 $14,242.69
Boston MA 625,087.00 63,318.00 $8,820,325.01 $14,110.56
Columbia SC 130,591.00 22,918.00 $1,799,972.23 $13,783.28
Richardson TX 101,742.00 12,886.00 $1,396,786.80 $13,728.71
Santa Clara CA 118,263.00 16,045.00 $1,601,281.83 $13,540.01
Chicago IL 2,707,120.00 374,708.00 $36,488,265.75 $13,478.63
Charlotte NC 751,087.00 91,510.00 $9,574,715.37 $12,747.81
Knoxville TN 180,761.00 27,120.00 $2,248,549.75 $12,439.35
Grand Rapids MI 189,815.00 23,819.00 $2,320,646.12 $12,225.83
San Diego CA 1,326,179.00 171,881.00 $16,022,235.57 $12,081.50
Baltimore MD 619,493.00 99,082.00 $7,442,588.07 $12,014.00
Oakland CA 395,817.00 52,504.00 $4,752,878.97 $12,007.77
Charleston SC 122,689.00 15,343.00 $1,469,072.91 $11,973.96
New York NY 8,244,910.00 686,634.00 $98,131,312.08 $11,902.05
Dayton OH 142,148.00 19,730.00 $1,683,070.78 $11,840.27
Tucson AZ 525,796.00 69,954.00 $6,218,044.14 $11,825.96
Fort Collins CO 146,762.00 21,115.00 $1,725,728.05 $11,758.68
Birmingham AL 212,413.00 23,339.00 $2,491,269.13 $11,728.42
Burbank CA 104,092.00 15,616.00 $1,218,813.93 $11,709.01
Huntington Beach CA 192,888.00 23,210.00 $2,137,416.60 $11,081.13
Carrollton TX 122,640.00 12,576.00 $1,323,187.56 $10,789.20
Arvada CO 107,541.00 15,914.00 $1,140,774.29 $10,607.81
Olathe KS 127,907.00 12,353.00 $1,352,713.03 $10,575.75
Rochester MN 107,890.00 14,020.00 $1,126,698.92 $10,443.03
Costa Mesa CA 111,600.00 10,366.00 $1,153,869.39 $10,339.33
Clearwater FL 107,784.00 12,999.00 $1,101,495.90 $10,219.48
Torrance CA 146,493.00 18,504.00 $1,494,190.47 $10,199.74
Wilmington NC 108,297.00 15,525.00 $1,047,109.61 $9,668.87
Chandler AZ 240,101.00 25,363.00 $2,318,505.76 $9,656.38
Kansas City MO 463,202.00 38,797.00 $4,467,582.45 $9,645.00
Orange CA 138,409.00 13,696.00 $1,331,335.93 $9,618.85
Thousand Oaks CA 127,984.00 12,012.00 $1,208,489.87 $9,442.51
New Orleans LA 360,740.00 32,536.00 $3,370,048.95 $9,342.04
Tempe AZ 164,268.00 18,912.00 $1,520,471.04 $9,256.04
Omaha NE 415,068.00 48,281.00 $3,831,628.14 $9,231.33
McKinney TX 136,067.00 13,947.00 $1,254,477.80 $9,219.56
Vancouver WA 164,759.00 19,893.00 $1,515,883.50 $9,200.61
Green Bay WI 105,809.00 11,775.00 $964,894.77 $9,119.21
San Jose CA 967,487.00 97,615.00 $8,795,222.76 $9,090.79
Tallahassee FL 182,965.00 21,585.00 $1,662,103.19 $9,084.27
Gainesville FL 125,326.00 17,899.00 $1,124,407.06 $8,971.86
Honolulu HI 340,936.00 30,048.00 $3,039,091.21 $8,913.96
Escondido CA 146,032.00 13,695.00 $1,289,193.69 $8,828.16
Round Rock TX 104,664.00 11,212.00 $913,981.98 $8,732.53
Baton Rouge LA 230,139.00 20,200.00 $1,994,445.41 $8,666.26
Midland TX 113,931.00 7,648.00 $984,621.23 $8,642.26
Fremont CA 216,916.00 21,359.00 $1,825,643.20 $8,416.36
Tacoma WA 200,678.00 20,564.00 $1,618,212.33 $8,063.73
Greensboro NC 273,425.00 36,045.00 $2,193,063.50 $8,020.71
Tulsa OK 396,466.00 24,892.00 $3,100,832.86 $7,821.18
St. Petersburg FL 244,997.00 21,829.00 $1,915,965.71 $7,820.36
Simi Valley CA 125,522.00 13,281.00 $967,962.74 $7,711.50
Colorado Springs CO 426,388.00 40,145.00 $3,280,372.03 $7,693.40
Santa Rosa CA 169,292.00 18,285.00 $1,294,814.06 $7,648.41
Winston-Salem NC 232,385.00 20,030.00 $1,772,990.21 $7,629.54
Nashville TN 609,644.00 46,627.00 $4,648,737.46 $7,625.33
Sacramento CA 472,178.00 51,362.00 $3,589,610.57 $7,602.24
Little Rock AR 195,314.00 14,361.00 $1,475,065.70 $7,552.28
Columbia MO 110,438.00 11,510.00 $829,894.67 $7,514.58
Jersey City NJ 250,323.00 24,495.00 $1,870,456.24 $7,472.17
Indianapolis IN 827,609.00 65,251.00 $6,170,137.79 $7,455.38
Gilbert AZ 211,951.00 19,279.00 $1,577,937.76 $7,444.82
Pompano Beach FL 101,617.00 7,815.00 $755,450.99 $7,434.30
Cedar Rapids IA 127,905.00 11,470.00 $949,478.70 $7,423.31
Louisville KY 602,011.00 52,262.00 $4,421,221.50 $7,344.09
Anchorage AK 295,570.00 20,291.00 $2,164,926.95 $7,324.58
Los Angeles CA 3,819,702.00 236,242.00 $27,938,960.82 $7,314.43
Coral Springs FL 123,338.00 12,851.00 $893,688.43 $7,245.85
Fullerton CA 137,183.00 11,032.00 $981,206.47 $7,152.54
Cleveland OH 393,806.00 27,371.00 $2,810,360.16 $7,136.41
Westminster CO 107,967.00 10,756.00 $760,290.80 $7,041.88
Savannah GA 139,491.00 13,056.00 $981,066.32 $7,033.19
Buffalo NY 261,025.00 27,288.00 $1,825,429.64 $6,993.31
Aurora CO 332,354.00 31,191.00 $2,314,895.18 $6,965.15
Lakewood CO 144,406.00 15,473.00 $1,002,430.82 $6,941.75
Glendale CA 193,111.00 15,546.00 $1,340,035.93 $6,939.20
Ventura CA 107,514.00 10,350.00 $743,452.55 $6,914.94
Eugene OR 156,929.00 15,488.00 $1,082,460.14 $6,897.77
Providence RI 178,053.00 13,854.00 $1,218,103.02 $6,841.24
Manchester NH 109,830.00 12,999.00 $745,714.91 $6,789.72
Billings MT 105,636.00 8,522.00 $714,155.57 $6,760.53
Allentown PA 119,141.00 10,595.00 $805,365.33 $6,759.77
Spokane WA 210,103.00 16,863.00 $1,417,811.95 $6,748.18
Hollywood FL 143,357.00 10,996.00 $955,681.81 $6,666.45
Irving TX 220,702.00 14,126.00 $1,469,402.79 $6,657.86
Roseville CA 121,767.00 11,343.00 $810,250.93 $6,654.11
Sioux Falls SD 156,592.00 11,886.00 $1,040,322.45 $6,643.52
New Haven CT 129,585.00 10,716.00 $852,123.04 $6,575.78
Milwaukee WI 597,867.00 44,722.00 $3,904,992.34 $6,531.54
Springfield MO 160,660.00 13,425.00 $1,041,895.67 $6,485.10
Concord CA 124,055.00 11,618.00 $794,245.99 $6,402.37
Oceanside CA 169,569.00 14,806.00 $1,071,582.22 $6,319.45
Lafayette LA 122,130.00 7,841.00 $763,336.85 $6,250.20
Columbus OH 797,434.00 58,074.00 $4,885,307.28 $6,126.28
Topeka KS 128,188.00 8,450.00 $783,508.76 $6,112.18
Springfield IL 117,076.00 10,694.00 $708,336.72 $6,050.23
Peoria IL 115,234.00 8,006.00 $695,646.68 $6,036.82
Virginia Beach VA 442,707.00 36,404.00 $2,627,751.88 $5,935.65
Lansing MI 114,605.00 8,402.00 $679,534.55 $5,929.36
Huntsville AL 182,956.00 11,919.00 $1,082,520.81 $5,916.84
Corona CA 155,896.00 12,893.00 $913,648.40 $5,860.63
Long Beach CA 465,576.00 39,147.00 $2,697,382.25 $5,793.65
Albuquerque NM 552,804.00 43,698.00 $3,181,050.11 $5,754.39
Philadelphia PA 1,536,471.00 120,246.00 $8,827,536.73 $5,745.33
Murfreesboro TN 111,327.00 9,142.00 $638,402.66 $5,734.48
Syracuse NY 145,151.00 13,613.00 $817,478.45 $5,631.92
Evansville IN 117,825.00 9,228.00 $660,687.42 $5,607.36
South Bend IN 101,081.00 7,559.00 $563,177.02 $5,571.54
Norman OK 113,273.00 7,210.00 $630,211.00 $5,563.65
Jacksonville FL 827,908.00 58,700.00 $4,592,707.79 $5,547.36
Elgin IL 109,104.00 9,266.00 $599,514.63 $5,494.89
Phoenix AZ 1,469,471.00 96,624.00 $8,059,829.67 $5,484.85
Lincoln NE 262,341.00 20,561.00 $1,437,826.85 $5,480.76
Fort Wayne IN 255,824.00 16,462.00 $1,400,211.55 $5,473.34
Athens GA 116,084.00 11,041.00 $631,287.91 $5,438.20
Chattanooga TN 170,136.00 10,946.00 $923,151.08 $5,425.96
Akron OH 198,402.00 13,201.00 $1,052,362.42 $5,304.19
Salem OR 156,244.00 10,985.00 $826,481.42 $5,289.68
Fort Worth TX 758,738.00 41,042.00 $3,948,194.64 $5,203.63
San Antonio TX 1,359,758.00 77,462.00 $7,075,000.70 $5,203.13
Glendale AZ 230,482.00 17,404.00 $1,180,890.47 $5,123.57
Wichita KS 384,445.00 24,698.00 $1,965,198.92 $5,111.78
Worcester MA 181,631.00 14,391.00 $924,912.61 $5,092.26
Peoria AZ 156,637.00 12,020.00 $790,994.00 $5,049.85
Memphis TN 652,050.00 32,700.00 $3,207,504.65 $4,919.11
Sterling Heights MI 129,880.00 9,417.00 $618,507.53 $4,762.15
Thornton CO 121,435.00 8,825.00 $577,532.38 $4,755.90
Erie PA 101,807.00 8,859.00 $484,155.41 $4,755.62
High Point NC 105,753.00 6,799.00 $500,916.35 $4,736.66
Riverside CA 310,651.00 18,962.00 $1,439,623.76 $4,634.22
Chesapeake VA 225,050.00 16,300.00 $1,040,820.34 $4,624.84
Des Moines IA 206,599.00 12,963.00 $946,764.25 $4,582.62
Beaumont TX 118,548.00 7,462.00 $542,135.00 $4,573.13
Yonkers NY 197,399.00 13,881.00 $900,217.50 $4,560.40
Denton TX 117,187.00 6,935.00 $532,782.94 $4,546.43
Aurora IL 199,672.00 14,914.00 $905,871.14 $4,536.80
Mesa AZ 446,518.00 29,885.00 $1,997,441.68 $4,473.37
Chula Vista CA 247,535.00 15,591.00 $1,102,432.07 $4,453.64
Arlington TX 373,698.00 20,449.00 $1,647,772.52 $4,409.37
Norfolk VA 242,628.00 13,195.00 $1,064,396.85 $4,386.95
Lowell MA 107,584.00 7,494.00 $468,726.81 $4,356.84
Hayward CA 146,069.00 9,362.00 $635,328.46 $4,349.51
Bakersfield CA 352,428.00 18,576.00 $1,506,953.97 $4,275.92
Mobile AL 194,914.00 9,570.00 $829,916.42 $4,257.86
Elk Grove CA 154,908.00 10,609.00 $656,576.28 $4,238.49
Anaheim CA 341,361.00 17,995.00 $1,446,060.98 $4,236.16
Hartford CT 124,867.00 4,701.00 $524,316.26 $4,199.00
Lubbock TX 233,740.00 10,032.00 $954,692.12 $4,084.42
Abilene TX 118,117.00 4,807.00 $481,782.40 $4,078.86
Rancho Cucamonga CA 167,721.00 8,269.00 $675,466.54 $4,027.32
Rockford IL 152,222.00 9,202.00 $613,031.57 $4,027.22
Oklahoma City OK 591,967.00 22,252.00 $2,375,837.98 $4,013.46
Amarillo TX 193,675.00 7,708.00 $766,372.50 $3,957.00
Newport News VA 179,611.00 10,944.00 $692,231.40 $3,854.06
Salinas CA 152,994.00 7,284.00 $586,687.84 $3,834.71
Santa Ana CA 329,427.00 12,908.00 $1,210,042.25 $3,673.17
Garland TX 231,517.00 10,917.00 $842,684.46 $3,639.84
Daly City CA 102,362.00 5,764.00 $371,720.49 $3,631.43
Montgomery AL 208,182.00 9,415.00 $746,726.00 $3,586.89
Columbus GA 194,107.00 7,578.00 $686,666.96 $3,537.57
Richmond CA 105,380.00 6,625.00 $367,169.02 $3,484.24
Fairfield CA 106,126.00 5,792.00 $362,684.10 $3,417.49
Toledo OH 286,038.00 12,605.00 $976,816.60 $3,414.99
Augusta GA 196,494.00 6,575.00 $662,001.00 $3,369.06
Clarksville TN 136,231.00 6,791.00 $445,726.99 $3,271.85
Warren MI 134,243.00 7,332.00 $437,878.49 $3,261.83
Waco TX 126,697.00 4,716.00 $409,841.70 $3,234.82
Shreveport LA 200,975.00 7,212.00 $643,291.98 $3,200.86
Miramar FL 124,302.00 6,243.00 $396,845.42 $3,192.59
Hampton VA 136,401.00 8,227.00 $435,279.81 $3,191.18
Modesto CA 202,751.00 8,828.00 $637,022.60 $3,141.90
Joliet IL 148,402.00 7,604.00 $458,799.07 $3,091.60
Cape Coral FL 157,476.00 7,872.00 $483,527.50 $3,070.48
Fayetteville NC 203,945.00 11,715.00 $626,117.51 $3,070.03
Pembroke Pines FL 157,594.00 9,096.00 $457,944.55 $2,905.85
Downey CA 112,584.00 5,393.00 $326,425.74 $2,899.40
West Covina CA 106,870.00 5,500.00 $307,373.11 $2,876.14
Corpus Christi TX 307,953.00 10,210.00 $883,595.44 $2,869.25
Pueblo CO 107,577.00 4,223.00 $306,003.37 $2,844.51
Independence MO 117,213.00 5,645.00 $332,413.96 $2,835.98
Garden Grove CA 173,470.00 7,593.00 $489,772.94 $2,823.39
Vallejo CA 116,829.00 6,168.00 $325,916.86 $2,789.69
Wichita Falls TX 103,931.00 3,865.00 $288,391.30 $2,774.83
Fresno CA 501,362.00 18,142.00 $1,374,995.22 $2,742.52
Visalia CA 126,432.00 4,942.00 $345,771.96 $2,734.85
Jackson MS 175,561.00 4,980.00 $479,714.00 $2,732.46
Gresham OR 107,439.00 4,363.00 $292,844.42 $2,725.68
Grand Prairie TX 179,100.00 6,333.00 $479,021.25 $2,674.60
Davenport IA 100,802.00 4,224.00 $268,449.57 $2,663.14
Pasadena TX 152,281.00 5,146.00 $376,333.83 $2,471.31
Palm Bay FL 103,227.00 4,142.00 $254,557.90 $2,466.00
Mesquite TX 142,674.00 5,390.00 $347,060.76 $2,432.54
Antioch CA 104,044.00 4,849.00 $252,663.50 $2,428.43
Ontario CA 166,390.00 5,624.00 $398,528.32 $2,395.15
Springfield MA 153,155.00 5,396.00 $361,139.28 $2,358.00
Oxnard CA 199,943.00 6,884.00 $454,109.69 $2,271.20
Lancaster CA 157,693.00 6,364.00 $345,137.52 $2,188.67
West Jordan UT 105,675.00 3,775.00 $229,152.65 $2,168.47
McAllen TX 133,742.00 3,268.00 $287,738.53 $2,151.44
Bridgeport CT 145,638.00 4,749.00 $309,159.02 $2,122.79
Port St. Lucie FL 166,149.00 6,370.00 $351,414.55 $2,115.06
Santa Clarita CA 177,601.00 5,737.00 $371,121.41 $2,089.64
Stockton CA 296,357.00 9,662.00 $616,448.06 $2,080.09
Palmdale CA 153,867.00 5,761.00 $318,072.68 $2,067.19
Inglewood CA 110,464.00 4,168.00 $224,914.45 $2,036.09
Waterbury CT 110,189.00 4,248.00 $217,299.01 $1,972.06
El Paso TX 665,568.00 18,209.00 $1,308,824.77 $1,966.48
Pomona CA 150,119.00 4,494.00 $282,675.35 $1,883.01
Kansas City KS 146,453.00 4,095.00 $275,700.22 $1,882.52
West Valley City UT 131,942.00 2,247.00 $246,936.09 $1,871.55
Killeen TX 130,018.00 4,234.00 $241,206.69 $1,855.18
Provo UT 115,321.00 2,798.00 $212,825.40 $1,845.50
Fontana CA 199,028.00 5,898.00 $351,757.17 $1,767.38
Detroit MI 706,585.00 12,339.00 $1,198,363.04 $1,695.99
Flint MI 101,558.00 3,020.00 $164,646.00 $1,621.20
Hialeah FL 229,969.00 6,171.00 $372,149.60 $1,618.26
Norwalk CA 106,309.00 3,273.00 $161,794.05 $1,521.92
San Bernardino CA 213,012.00 4,370.00 $323,488.02 $1,518.64
Moreno Valley CA 197,838.00 5,187.00 $297,154.72 $1,502.01
Elizabeth NJ 125,660.00 2,585.00 $167,711.69 $1,334.65
Victorville CA 117,597.00 3,183.00 $153,914.25 $1,308.83
Newark NJ 277,540.00 5,011.00 $348,222.78 $1,254.68
El Monte CA 114,296.00 2,552.00 $136,697.50 $1,196.00
Paterson NJ 146,427.00 2,435.00 $132,887.20 $907.53
Brownsville TX 178,430.00 2,184.00 $145,781.88 $817.03
Laredo TX 241,935.00 3,479.00 $194,186.64 $802.64
Miami Gardens FL 109,680.00 1,181.00 $60,836.61 $554.67

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Frank Barry, director of digital marketing at Blackbaud and blogger at npENGAGE, helps nonprofits use the Internet for digital communication, social media, and fundraising so they can focus changing the world. He’s worked with a diverse group of organizations including LIVESTRONG, United Methodist Church, American Heart Association, Big Brothers Big Sisters, ChildFund Int’l, InTouch Ministries, Heifer Int’l, University of Notre Dame and University of Richmond. Along with writing for industry publications like Mashable and Social Media Today, Frank facilitates discussions, presents solo sessions and organizes panels for industry conferences such as NTC, SXSW, BBCon and numerous others. When he’s out and about he enjoys talking to interesting people about how they are changing the world – check out his interviews. Say Hi on Twitter – @franswaa or Google+

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