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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Friday, February 1, 2013

Super Bowl of Charitable Giving

CharityEven though the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers have not faced off in the biggest professional football game of the year, the fans of Baltimore can already claim a small victory. The citizens of Baltimore are apparently more generous when it comes to charitable giving. According to The Chronicle of Philanthropy,"[p]eople in the Baltimore metropolitan area claimed a median charitable contribution of $2,683 in 2008, according to The Chronicle's  analysis of federal tax data. Based on that figure, residents in the Charm City gave roughly 4.8 percent of their discretionary income to charity that year." In comparison, the City of San Francisco only gave 30.9 percent of its residents of discretionary income. Of course, that's just when we take a look at the giving habits of the residents of the NFL cities. Head to head, the San Francisco 49ers' Foundation have given much more than the Baltimore Ravens' Foundation, a staggering $2.4 million to only $317,000.

However, if we were really counting numbers the champion would be the Atlanta Hawks. They are easily the most generous NFL city. Atlanta's citizens gave "5.9 percent of their income to charity."

See Emily Gipple, Baltimore vs. San Francisco: Who's Most Generous, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Jan. 31, 2013.

Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse (Professional Legal Marketing (PLM, Inc.)) for bringing this article to my attention.


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