Charity Navigator: San Diego’s Philanthropic Community Leads Nation

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San Diego isn’t just a place for fun and sun, but also where giving back is important, according to new study.

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Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity evaluator, said in a study released Tuesday that San Diego’s philanthropic community leads the nation, though Houston’s charities raise more money and Cleveland’s are richer.

In the study, Charity Navigator compared the median performance and size of the largest nonprofits in the 30 largest metropolitan areas. These communities account for 62 percent of the 8,219 charities evaluated annually by Charity Navigator.

The nation’s highest rated charitable communities in terms of overall financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency are:

  1. San Diego (tied for No. 4 last year)
  2. Houston (No.1 last year)
  3. St. Louis (No. 2 last year)
  4. Tampa/ St. Petersburg (No. 3 last year)
  5. Dallas (tied for No. 4 last year)            

“The consistent performance of charities in cities like San Diego and Houston is commendable,” said Michael Thatcher, president and CEO of Charity Navigator.

“But our study reveals that it isn’t just a few philanthropic communities that standout,” he added. “We’ve found that the nonprofit sector throughout America is strong and diverse — a testament to the dedication and hard work of donors and philanthropic leaders across our nation.”

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