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Average Charitable Giving


Average Charitable Giving

What does this measure?

Contributions to charitable organizations, measured as an average per tax return with itemized contributions.

Why is this important?

Charitable giving supports a 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 our county performing?

In 2017, the average charitable contribution in Berks County was $4,293, less than the average for Pennsylvania ($5,392) and the U.S. ($6,768). Since 2011, the average contribution in Berks County rose 26% in real terms, slightly higher than the state but less than the national (33%) levels.

The average charitable contribution in 2017 was higher than Berks in Chester ($6,584), Lancaster ($7,146), Lebanon ($5,465) and Montgomery ($7,097) counties. The average contribution was lower in Lehigh ($4,237) and Schuylkill ($3,547). Since 2011, Berks' average contribution rose less than some of the surrounding counties, which had increases ranging from 18% in Schuylkill to 36% in Chester.

Notes about the data

Figures are in constant 2018 dollars. These figures reflect contributions listed on tax returns with itemized deductions, which researchers estimate cover about 80% of all charitable giving nationally. High-income taxpayers are much more likely to file tax returns with itemized deductions than those with lower incomes. No county or state data are available on charitable contributions by taxpayers who take the standard deduction.

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Average Charitable Giving
2011201220132014201520162017
Pennsylvania$4,361$4,675$4,628$4,925$5,044$5,275$5,392
Berks County$3,407$3,649$3,697$4,384$3,943$4,007$4,293
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County$4,834$5,520$5,196$5,495$5,830$5,799$6,584
Lancaster County$5,529$5,987$6,003$6,486$6,937$6,984$7,146
Lebanon County$4,509$4,733$4,960$5,167$5,560$5,394$5,465
Lehigh County$3,482$3,706$3,719$3,978$3,899$4,205$4,237
Montgomery County$5,946$6,921$6,124$6,973$6,888$7,627$7,097
Schuylkill County$3,001$3,300$3,062$3,202$3,291$3,534$3,547

Source: Internal Revenue Service
Notes: Figures are in constant 2016 dollars.




Total Charitable Giving
2011201220132014201520162017
Pennsylvania$6,723,511,912$7,090,739,373$6,836,623,787$7,144,631,421$7,308,831,794$7,671,683,101$7,851,290,818
Berks County$174,287,609$183,235,248$180,984,553$209,492,370$188,710,856$192,635,302$206,576,280
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County$493,359,241$562,994,200$523,936,070$548,211,462$585,960,124$589,155,170$670,902,954
Lancaster County$376,194,431$401,206,413$392,275,663$416,568,456$445,122,509$453,775,826$467,294,433
Lebanon County$66,718,804$68,059,869$69,734,398$71,143,589$76,620,282$76,480,776$78,640,992
Lehigh County$164,137,902$171,124,706$166,674,202$175,243,275$170,923,797$185,124,283$186,552,873
Montgomery County$981,663,722$1,133,130,263$987,600,726$1,113,099,323$1,105,014,037$1,233,774,074$1,144,946,297
Schuylkill County$29,072,680$30,892,655$27,616,089$27,886,989$27,877,235$29,543,969$29,405,089

Source: Internal Revenue Service
Notes: Figures are in constant 2016 dollars.




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