Community
Contributions as a Percentage of Income

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Source: Internal Revenue Service

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.

How is Westchester County performing?

In 2019, Westchester County residents contributed approximately $1.4 billion to charitable organizations, or 1.8% of total income. This was on par with the state and slightly higher than the national charitable donation rate of 1.6% in 2019.

Westchester County had the second highest contribution rate among comparison counties in 2019, behind Rockland County at 2.9% but higher than Nassau at 1.7% and Putnam at 1.2%.

Notes about the data

Figures are in constant 2020 dollars. The data reflect contributions listed on tax returns with itemized deductions, which researchers estimate cover about 80% of all charitable giving nationally. Due to the change in tax laws, standard deductions nearly doubled for all filers for 2018 and therefore comparisons to prior years should be made with caution. 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
Westchester County2.2%2.3%2.2%2.1%2.1%2.5%2.4%2.4%1.8%
Nassau County2.1%2.3%2.2%2.3%2.1%2.4%2.4%1.7%1.7%
Putnam County1.6%1.4%1.6%1.7%1.7%1.6%1.8%1.2%1.2%
Rockland County3.0%2.9%3.3%3.1%3.2%3.3%3.5%2.9%2.9%
New York State2.2%2.3%2.5%2.5%2.4%2.5%2.5%2.1%1.8%

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




Total Charitable Giving
201120122013201420152016201720182019
Westchester County$1,463,577,304$1,691,219,651$1,531,868,443$1,586,203,484$1,675,628,615$1,858,162,413$1,947,333,157$1,950,852,832$1,416,152,947
Nassau County$1,558,983,650$1,816,842,083$1,678,776,907$1,923,441,861$1,807,369,252$2,051,617,993$2,064,001,887$1,506,363,773$1,455,632,059
Putnam County$70,848,302$71,444,299$74,845,737$78,026,155$80,683,183$77,154,701$88,901,874$62,201,547$58,793,487
Rockland County$363,095,245$375,067,070$405,931,661$417,744,017$438,895,594$464,172,617$491,382,965$416,858,586$408,975,985
New York State$16,707,856,897$18,529,031,978$19,669,286,041$20,344,878,027$20,883,837,700$21,055,746,309$21,556,766,458$18,906,390,552$15,704,793,450

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








INDICATORS TREND | WESTCHESTER
Early Prenatal Care, by Mother's Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
Infant Mortality Rate, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Children with Elevated Blood Lead Levels 0
Maintaining
Children Receiving Subsidized Child Care -1
Decreasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
Disengaged Youth, Ages 16 to 19 -1
Decreasing
Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
Single Female-Headed Households 0
Maintaining
Contributions as a Percentage of Income 0
Maintaining
Voter Registration Rate 1
Increasing
Voter Participation Rate 1
Increasing
Serious Crimes -1
Decreasing
Victims of Domestic Violence -1
Decreasing
Arrest Rates, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Households With Internet Access, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Households without Vehicles -1
Decreasing
Means of Transportation to Work, by Race/Ethnicity -1
Decreasing
Air Quality 1
Increasing
Population Density 0
Maintaining
Water Quality of the Long Island Sound 1
Increasing
Open Space in Westchester County 1
Increasing
Change in Total Population 1
Increasing
Change in Population, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
Change in Population, by Age -1
Decreasing
People with Disabilities 1
Increasing
Language Diversity 1
Increasing
People 65 or Older Living Alone 1
Increasing
Change in Total Jobs -1
Decreasing
Change in Jobs by Sector 10 Not Applicable*
Business Ownership, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Average Salary by Sector 10 Not Applicable*
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity 0
Maintaining
Female to Male Earnings Ratio 0
Maintaining
Unemployment Rate, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
People Living in Poverty -1
Decreasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity 0
Maintaining
Seniors Living in Poverty 0
Maintaining
Seniors Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
Food Insecurity -1
Decreasing
Households Receiving SNAP, by Race/Ethnicity 0
Maintaining
Public Assistance 0
Maintaining
People Receiving Supplemental Security Income 1
Increasing
Homeownership Rate, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
Cost of Homeownership, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Overall Housing Cost Burden -1
Decreasing
Cost of Rent, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Rent Burdened Households -1
Decreasing
Homelessness, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Homelessness, by Sex 10 Not Applicable*
Per-Student Spending 0
Maintaining
Student Suspensions -1
Decreasing
Student Performance on Grade 3 English, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
College Admission Rate, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
College Enrollment Rate, by Race/Ethnicity -1
Decreasing
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
People Without Health Insurance -1
Decreasing
Mortality Rate, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Mortality Rate from Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Diabetes Mortality, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Suicide Rates, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*


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