Charitable Giving
Source: Internal Revenue Service
Charitable Contributions as a Percent of Income
Arkansas County2.8%
Ashley County2.3%
Baxter County2.1%
Benton County9.1%
Boone County2.2%
Bowie County, Texas2.4%
Bradley County2.2%
Calhoun County2.0%
Carroll County1.9%
Chicot County2.3%
Clark County2.8%
Clay County1.5%
Cleburne County2.4%
Cleveland County2.1%
Columbia County3.0%
Conway County2.0%
Craighead County2.6%
Crawford County2.1%
Crittenden County2.7%
Cross County2.2%
Dallas County2.3%
Desha County2.6%
Drew County2.8%
Faulkner County2.6%
Franklin County1.5%
Fulton County1.4%
Garland County2.4%
Grant County2.2%
Greene County2.0%
Hempstead County1.9%
Hot Spring County1.8%
Howard County2.0%
Independence County1.9%
Izard County1.6%
Jackson County1.7%
Jefferson County3.0%
Johnson County1.5%
Lafayette County1.9%
Lawrence County1.4%
Lee County2.6%
Lincoln County2.2%
Little River County1.5%
Logan County1.2%
Lonoke County2.1%
Madison County1.3%
Marion County1.3%
Miller County2.1%
Mississippi County2.2%
Monroe County2.0%
Montgomery County1.5%
Nevada County1.8%
Newton County1.5%
Ouachita County2.5%
Perry County1.5%
Phillips County2.7%
Pike County2.0%
Poinsett County1.6%
Polk County2.1%
Pope County2.3%
Prairie County2.1%
Pulaski County3.1%
Randolph County1.5%
Saline County2.4%
Scott County1.1%
Searcy County1.7%
Sebastian County2.7%
Sevier County1.5%
Sharp County1.7%
St. Francis County2.7%
Stone County2.6%
Union County3.4%
Van Buren County1.9%
Washington County2.3%
White County2.5%
Woodruff County1.9%
Yell County1.5%

Source: Internal Revenue Service
Notes: Figures are in constant 2016 dollars.

Total Charitable Giving
Arkansas County$10,450,157
Ashley County$8,625,657
Baxter County$18,537,991
Benton County$1,390,634,090
Boone County$16,920,424
Bowie County, Texas$51,536,761
Bradley County$3,823,153
Calhoun County$1,863,429
Carroll County$10,138,732
Chicot County$3,637,732
Clark County$11,071,983
Clay County$3,500,459
Cleburne County$12,198,850
Cleveland County$3,214,645
Columbia County$13,186,396
Conway County$8,288,621
Craighead County$63,813,468
Crawford County$24,288,087
Crittenden County$24,887,375
Cross County$6,753,008
Dallas County$2,672,724
Desha County$4,828,114
Drew County$9,670,570
Faulkner County$76,589,069
Franklin County$4,793,284
Fulton County$2,554,915
Garland County$56,146,673
Grant County$9,057,964
Greene County$17,316,876
Hempstead County$6,241,820
Hot Spring County$10,159,220
Howard County$4,746,160
Independence County$14,254,871
Izard County$3,287,379
Jackson County$4,028,038
Jefferson County$38,183,385
Johnson County$6,074,839
Lafayette County$1,950,505
Lawrence County$3,413,383
Lee County$2,953,417
Lincoln County$3,769,883
Little River County$3,423,628
Logan County$4,318,975
Lonoke County$35,036,352
Madison County$3,829,300
Marion County$3,511,728
Miller County$17,472,589
Mississippi County$15,419,642
Monroe County$2,094,949
Montgomery County$1,942,309
Nevada County$2,278,321
Newton County$1,646,251
Ouachita County$10,674,506
Perry County$2,873,511
Phillips County$6,621,882
Pike County$3,247,427
Poinsett County$5,807,464
Polk County$6,139,378
Pope County$30,890,505
Prairie County$3,170,595
Pulaski County$378,576,174
Randolph County$4,148,920
Saline County$77,188,358
Scott County$1,529,466
Searcy County$1,571,468
Sebastian County$79,844,691
Sevier County$3,762,712
Sharp County$4,023,941
St. Francis County$8,209,740
Stone County$4,594,545
Union County$33,453,615
Van Buren County$5,316,765
Washington County$146,815,436
White County$40,647,126
Woodruff County$2,031,434
Yell County$5,058,610

Source: Internal Revenue Service
Notes: Figures are in constant 2016 dollars.






1% = 752,589,940

What does this measure?

Contributions to charitable organizations, measured as a percentage of income.

Why is this important?

Charitable giving supports a variety of organizations, including those that provide essential services to the community and people in need. The level of giving shows residents' willingness and capacity to invest in programs and organizations serving the community. Looking at the level of giving as a percentage of income provides insight as to residents' generosity and capacity for further giving.

How is Arkansas doing?

In 2017, Arkansas residents gave an average of 3.8% of their income to charitable giving. This was the third-highest level of giving of any state in the nation. In comparison, the national level of giving in 2017 was 2.3% of income. Giving in Arkansas has been above the national level since 2011.

There was wide variation in levels of giving across counties, with residents of Benton County contributing 9.1% of their income in 2017. Union County had the next highest level of giving at 3.4% of income. In contrast, residents of Scott and Logan counties contributed only 1.1% and 1.2% of their incomes, respectively.

Notes about the data

Figures are in constant 2018 dollars. These figures reflect contributions listed on tax returns with itemized deductions, which researchers estimate cover about 80% of all charitable giving nationally. High-income taxpayers are much more likely to file tax returns with itemized deductions than those with lower incomes. No county or state data is available on charitable contributions by taxpayers who take the standard deduction.

Source: Internal Revenue Service

Charitable Contributions as a Percent of Income

Source: Internal Revenue Service
Notes: Figures are in constant 2016 dollars.

Total Charitable Giving

Source: Internal Revenue Service
Notes: Figures are in constant 2016 dollars.

Access to Quality Seats for Infants and Toddlers Increasing
Access to Quality Childcare Seats for Preschoolers Maintaining
Grade 3 Reading Increasing
Grade 8 Math Increasing
Graduation Rate Increasing
Remediation Rate Decreasing
Adults with a High School Degree Increasing
Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher Increasing
Adults Pursuing Further Education Decreasing
Infant Mortality Maintaining
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Overweight or Obese Students Maintaining
Student Drug Usage Decreasing
Overweight or Obese Adults Increasing
Physically Inactive Adults Maintaining
Smoking Rate Decreasing
Flouridated Water Increasing
Insurance Coverage Rates Increasing
Oral Health Increasing
Life Expectancy Increasing
Routine Check-ups Increasing
Births to Teens Decreasing
Female-headed Households Increasing
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Elderly Living in Poverty Decreasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Unemployment Rate Decreasing
Homeownership Rate Decreasing
Child Abuse and Neglect Decreasing
Access to Financial Services Decreasing
Food Insecurity Decreasing
Incarceration Rate Increasing
Homelessness Decreasing
Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Housing Affordability - Owning Maintaining
Housing Affordability - Renting Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Charitable Giving Increasing
Volunteering Increasing
Group Participation Increasing
Connection to Neighbors Decreasing
Local Voting Not Applicable
Change in Population Increasing
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Population by Age Not Applicable