Giving in Chicago

Benchmarking, Honoring and Inspiring Chicago Philanthropy

Giving in Chicago, a study conducted by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy for The Chicago Community Trust, is the first comprehensive study of individual, corporate and foundation giving in the six-county Chicago region. It examines patterns of charitable giving by households and corporations in the region in 2013, and grant making by foundations and public charities in the region for 2012, the latest year for which data are available.

You can find full detail in the complete report at http://givinginchicago.com

Among the study’s key findings:

  • Chicagoans give to charity at a higher rate than the national average. Nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of households in the Chicago metro area donated to nonprofit organizations in 2013. Nationally, 59 percent of households contributed in 2010 (the latest year for which national data are available), other research by the school finds. Approximately two-thirds of households contributed in any given year between 2000 and 2008. Almost 70 percent of households in the region reported giving $100 or more to charity in 2013, and more than half reported giving $500 or more. On average, Chicago-area donor households contributed about 3 percent of their annual income to nonprofits in 2013.
  • Chicagoans are motivated to help those in need. Most Chicago-area donor households (76 percent) said “helping individuals meet their basic needs” was their top motivation for giving, followed by “feeling that those who have more should help those who have less” (70 percent) and “personal values or beliefs”
    (67 percent).
  • Chicagoans give their time as well as their money. Approximately half (49 percent) of area households volunteered in 2013, and among those, about half (47 percent) volunteered once a week or more.
  • Most of Chicagoans’ giving helps people close to home. A large majority—78 percent—of charitable dollars donated by Chicago metro area households stayed within the region in 2013.

http://givinginchicago.com/