Minneapolis Is Nation’s Most Generous Big City, Report Says |


(The central square) Minneapolis is the most generous large city in the United States, according to a LawnStarter Report which analyzed 13 indicators. Saint-Paul placed seventh.

The Twin Cities are tied for the largest proportion of residents who volunteer (46.3%). In the two cities, 60.7% of the inhabitants render a service to their neighbors; 27.6% are doing “something positive for the neighborhood; 36.7% participate in a local group or organizations; and 62.1% donate at least $ 25 to charities. Minneapolis has four Little Free Library “share boxes” while St. Paul has two.

“Mr. Rogers would have spent a beautiful day in these neighborhoods,” the report said.

Minneapolis ranked first in individual generosity and 22sd in community generosity while Saint-Paul ranked fifth in individual generosity and 76e in community generosity.

Minneapolis has 1,034.92 nonprofits per 100,000 people, and St. Paul has 872. Minneapolis has two food banks, 57 pantries, 15 soup kitchens, 13 homeless shelters, five donation centers, and four animal shelters. St. Paul has a food bank, 13 pantries, 10 soup kitchens, a homeless shelter, four donation centers and two animal shelters.

“Time is often more precious than money – volunteering, especially during the pandemic when many people have ceased their usual volunteering – is vital for many organizations,” said Alexandra Graddy-Reed, assistant professor of public policy at the University of Southern California, co-author of a report which found that tax credits to incentivize charitable giving do not effectively increase giving, noted.

Volunteering can include sharing social media posts, donating blood and offering skills, she said. She recommended monitoring charities by volunteering with the organization first to confirm that they are well managed. Examining charities’ Form 990 at the IRS, their websites, and reviews on sites like Charity Navigator can also provide insight into operations, she said.

She said local governments that have tried crowdfunding for local projects have had some success. Service days and food or toy drives are other options.

Professor Mo Cuevas of Our Lady of the Lake University Worden School of Social Services said cuts in the amount people can deduct deter donations and that local governments could help facilitate community awareness of the needs. and how to give.

“Through a website dedicated to the issues at stake or a media campaign focused on the most disadvantaged areas, local governments can present the issues to the community and suggest ways for community members to participate in resolving these issues. problems, ”she said. .

The report also found that large cities tended to rank higher than smaller and medium-sized cities.

“This is because large cities tend to focus on maximizing their collective impact more than on their individual contributions,” the report says.

New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles had the highest community generosity metrics. The least generous city was Hialeah, Florida, according to the report.


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