Giving by individuals in Oregon increased 8 percent on a year-over-year basis in 2017, a report from the Oregon Community Foundation finds.
Based on Internal Revenue Service records, the report, Giving in Oregon 2019, found that Oregonians gave 2.25 percent of their income to charity in 2017, up from 2.22 percent in 2016. However, even as growth in income outpaced growth in giving, for the second consecutive year the giving rate fell short of the national rate, which rose to 2.33 percent from 2.31 percent. The report also found that giving as a percentage of income by the highest- and middle-income households in the state — those earning more than $200,000 and between $100,000 and $200,000 annually — remained flat, at 3.64 percent and 2.1 percent, respectively, while giving by households earning less than $100,000 annually fell slightly, to 1.35 percent from 1.39 percent in 2016.
Separately, nonprofits based in Oregon reported receiving donations and grants totaling $2.4 billion from individuals, foundations, and government in 2017, down from $2.8 billion in 2016 but up 66 percent from 2010 levels. In terms of issue area, education continued to top the list (26.51 percent of total contributions), followed by philanthropy (13.87 percent), human services (11.37 percent), and health (10.29 percent). The report also found that giving in support of housing and environmental quality increased significantly, by 32 percent and 15 percent, respectively.
"I'm encouraged by these trends," said OCF president and CEO Max Williams. "Oregonians are taking action to address the challenges our state faces today. Their contributions deliver real impact to those in our communities who need the most support."
(Photo credit: Oregon Community Foundation)