Contributions By City

A Look At How Much Local Communities Give To Charity



charity giving by Virginia's cities and counties

How deep are Coastal Virginia’s pockets? That depends on who is wearing the pants. The Chronicle of Philanthropy, a Washington D.C.-based newspaper that explores nonprofits, regularly measures charitable giving. The figures below show how Coastal Virginia’s cities and counties stack up. Beside each locality is the percentage of discretionary income that households donate to charity each year. This number is calculated by dividing the median amount of money residents have left over after the mortgage, food and other required payments by the median amount of money they give to nonprofits. There are a few limitations with these numbers, but they nevertheless provide a general gauge of communities’ largesse.

Percentage of Discretionary Income Given to Charity:
    United States  4.7%
    Virginia  4.8

Biggest givers in Coastal Virginia:
    1. Williamsburg 7.4
    2. Portsmouth  6.6
    3. Hampton  6.1
    4. Surry County  6.0
    5. (Three-way tie):
       Franklin  5.7
       Newport News  5.7
       Suffolk  5.7

All of Coastal Virginia:
    1. Accomack County  4.8
    2. Chesapeake  5.4
    3. Franklin  5.7
    4. Gloucester County  3.9
    5. Hampton  6.1
    6. Isle of Wight County  5.1
    7. James City County  4.9
    8. Mathews County  4.5
    9. Newport News  5.7
    10. Norfolk  5.6
    11. Northampton County  4.8
    12. Poquoson  4.1
    13. Portsmouth  6.6
    14. Southampton County  5.0
    15. Suffolk  5.7
    16. Surry County  6.0
    17. Virginia Beach  4.6
    18. Williamsburg  7.4
    19. York County  5.0