Blackbaud Ranks Most Generous Online U.S. Cities for 2012

Seattle again earns top spot for 2012

CHARLESTON, S.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- When it comes to charitable giving, some U.S. cities consistently rise to the top in their adoption of digital giving channels. Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) today released its fifth annual ranking of the Most Generous Online U.S. Cities based on 2012 online giving data from Blackbaud customers.


The rankings remain largely unchanged from last year's analysis, with the top four cities holding firm. For a second straight year, Seattle, WA earned the top spot, followed by Alexandria, VA and Washington, DC. Minneapolis made the biggest strides, jumping four spots to enter the top 10 in 2012. Bellevue, WA dropped one position and out of the top 10.

The analysis ranks 265 cities with total population of more than 100,000 based on per capita online giving. More than $509 million was donated online by donors in the 265 major cities, a 15 percent jump from 2011.

The current rankings come from donations processed between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2012.

Top Ten Most Generous Online US Cities
A ranking of large cities (population > 100,000) based on per capita online giving in 2012:

  1. Seattle, WA
  2. Alexandria, VA
  3. Washington, DC
  4. Arlington, VA
  5. Ann Arbor, MI (+1 spot)
  6. Cambridge, MA (-1 spot)
  7. Berkeley, CA
  8. San Francisco, CA
  9. St. Louis, MO (+1 spot)
  10. Minneapolis, MN (+4 spots)

"Online giving continues to be an important part of a nonprofit's overall fundraising strategy," said Steve MacLaughlin, director of Blacbkbaud's Idea Lab. "While overall giving remains relatively flat, we continue to see double-digit growth in online giving and expect the trend to continue throughout the year."

From a regional perspective based on the U.S. Census grouping of states, the top 25 large cities have the South achieving the number one spot (nine cities), followed by the West (eight cities), then the Midwest (five cities) and lastly the Northeast (three cities). To view the complete rankings of large U.S. cities, visit www.blackbaud.com/mostgen.

About Blackbaud

Serving the nonprofit and education sectors for 30 years, Blackbaud (NAS: BLKB) combines technology and expertise to help organizations achieve their missions. Blackbaud works with more than 28,000 customers in over 60 countries that support higher education, healthcare, human services, arts and culture, faith, the environment, independent K-12 education, animal welfare and other charitable causes. The company offers a full spectrum of cloud-based and on-premise software solutions and related services for organizations of all sizes including: fundraising, eMarketing, advocacy, constituent relationship management (CRM), financial management, payment services, analytics and vertical-specific solutions. Using Blackbaud technology, these organizations raise more than $100 billion each year. Recognized as a top company by Forbes, InformationWeek, and Software Magazine and honored by Best Places to Work, Blackbaud is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina and has operations in the United States, Australia, Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.blackbaud.com.

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