Volunteer labor and contributions are all measures of social responsibility and community improvement efforts, although local data is limited. The Urban Institute, National Center for Charitable Statistics reports on IRS charitable giving by states. Nevada has at times surpassed the national average itemized charitable contributions (AICC) and increased charitable giving as a percentage of income. Washoe County average itemized contributions were $3,324 in comparison to $2,785 for Nevada in 1997; Washoe County increased to $3,999 in 2006 averaging more than the state.
In TMT’s December 2007 community survey of Washoe County residents, 12.8% responded that they did not donate to nonprofit organizations, however, 50.2% donated to 1-4 nonprofits, 20.4% donated to 5-10, and 8.8% donated to 11 or more nonprofits, and 28.6% donated to local nonprofits.
- AAGI = average adjusted gross income
- AICC = average itemized charitablecontribution
- GI = Generosity Index; GI starting 2005 may not be comparable to earlier years
- The Catalogue for Philanthropy calculated the Generosity Index (GI) using IRS data on annual average gross income (AAGI) and average itemized charitable contribution (AICC) through 2004. The Catalogue now calculates an Opportunity Index (OI) looking at high-income states and giving according to state ranks. The new index looks at philanthropy from the perspective of whether those in the highest income groups (over $500,000) utilize their opportunity to give more. Nevada’s average itemized charitable contribution on the OI in 2005 ($39,893) ranked 6th in the nation, but the average adjusted gross income ($873,153) ranked the 2nd highest, which implies that Nevadan’s with high incomes can give more (Nevada’s percentage of itemization of charitable contributions is only 79% for 2005).
- The Giving USA reports published by the Giving USA Foundation have reported that individual giving is mostly to religious organizations. The Foundation Center’s “Highlights of Foundation Giving Trends,” February 2009 reported the following giving: independent foundations primarily to health, environmental, international affairs, science, and social science organizations; corporate foundations to public affairs/society benefit; and community foundations to education, human services, arts and culture, and religion.