Columbus included on list of America's most generous cities

acarlson@ledger-enquirer.comJune 22, 2014 

Laura Powers, right, serves dessert to Myron Pollard during the annual Thanksgiving dinner gathering at Valley Rescue Mission.


Columbus is among America's most generous cities -- when it comes to online donations -- according to a new survey.

Blackbaud, a software firm which provides financial and fundraising services to nonprofits, annually analyzes total amounts donated through its services from 265 cities with a population of more than 100,000.

The top five cities are, in order:

1. Seattle

2. Alexandria, Va.

3. Atlanta

4. Washington, D.C.

5. Cambridge, Mass.

Columbus comes it at No. 200, down just two spots from its ranking the year before.

"These cities are the sweet spot for online donor demographics because they have a higher percentage of younger, wealthier and tech-savvy donors," Steve MacLaughlin, director of Blackbaud's Idea Lab, told USA Today.

Cities were ranked by amounts donated per 1,000 people. In 2013, 7,578 online donations were made by Columbus residents through Blackbaud, for a total amount of $686,667. That's about $3,537 per 1,000 people.

(New York City, one of the world's wealthiest and most influential cities, doesn't even crack the top 50, as Gawker notes.)

In total, five Georgia cities made the list: Atlanta (3), Savannah (112), Athens (155), Columbus and Augusta (204).

Three Alabama cities made the list: Birmingham (58), Huntsville (140) and Mobile (184).

Download the full list here.

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