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Most Generous Cities in America

By on Jan 20, 2011


How generous is your city? Check out the cities that made the top 10 for most generous online.

  1. Alexandria, VA
  2. Cambridge, MA
  3. Arlington, VA
  4. Seattle, WA
  5. Washington, DC
  6. Berkeley, CA
  7. St. Louis, MO
  8. San Francisco, CA
  9. Ann Arbor, MI
  10. Minneapolis, MN

The ranking comes from 273 cities with total population of more than 100,000 based on per capita online giving and total amount donated online through Convio’s online marketing and fundraising suite. To view the complete rankings of large cities, visit

Whether you’re seeking supporters from the top 10 most generous cities or not, there are take-home points you can use in your development campaign.

  • The average online gift size increased from $62 in 2009 to $65 in 2010.
  • More than $389 million was donated by the 273 major cities in 2010, up approximately 27% from 2009
  • Of the estimated $53B that was donated to charities by US adults this past holiday season, $6B (or nearly 12%) was estimated to have been donated online.
  • Average gift, donations per 1,000 people, total amount donated per city and number of donations all increased in 2010 compared to 2009.

Is your organization enjoying a piece of the online giving pie? Could that piece be bigger?

The year is young; take this opportunity to incorporate strategic online fundraising into your organization’s goals.


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