Charitable Giving
Source: Internal Revenue Service
Charitable Contributions as a Percent of Income
Arkansas County2.5%
Ashley County2.3%
Baxter County1.9%
Benton County8.6%
Boone County2.2%
Bowie County, Texas2.2%
Bradley County2.1%
Calhoun County1.9%
Carroll County2.1%
Chicot County2.4%
Clark County2.7%
Clay County1.5%
Cleburne County2.4%
Cleveland County2.2%
Columbia County3.0%
Conway County2.1%
Craighead County2.5%
Crawford County2.2%
Crittenden County2.6%
Cross County2.2%
Dallas County2.2%
Desha County2.5%
Drew County2.8%
Faulkner County2.7%
Franklin County1.4%
Fulton County1.6%
Garland County2.2%
Grant County1.9%
Greene County1.9%
Hempstead County2.0%
Hot Spring County1.9%
Howard County1.9%
Independence County1.9%
Izard County1.6%
Jackson County1.6%
Jefferson County3.1%
Johnson County1.5%
Lafayette County2.2%
Lawrence County1.8%
Lee County2.6%
Lincoln County2.4%
Little River County1.3%
Logan County1.2%
Lonoke County2.0%
Madison County1.3%
Marion County1.3%
Miller County2.0%
Mississippi County2.1%
Monroe County2.1%
Montgomery County1.5%
Nevada County1.7%
Newton County1.5%
Ouachita County2.5%
Perry County1.5%
Phillips County2.7%
Pike County1.8%
Poinsett County1.7%
Polk County2.0%
Pope County2.3%
Prairie County1.9%
Pulaski County3.7%
Randolph County1.5%
Saline County2.4%
Scott County1.2%
Searcy County1.5%
Sebastian County2.6%
Sevier County1.6%
Sharp County1.9%
St. Francis County2.6%
Stone County2.5%
Union County3.0%
Van Buren County2.1%
Washington County2.4%
White County2.5%
Woodruff County2.0%
Yell County1.5%

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

Total Charitable Giving
Arkansas County$9,780,003
Ashley County$8,599,376
Baxter County$16,156,001
Benton County$1,027,171,955
Boone County$16,573,714
Bowie County, Texas$45,107,914
Bradley County$3,679,757
Calhoun County$1,720,896
Carroll County$10,189,545
Chicot County$3,849,293
Clark County$10,075,159
Clay County$3,424,431
Cleburne County$11,560,135
Cleveland County$3,362,131
Columbia County$13,067,579
Conway County$8,211,281
Craighead County$59,334,672
Crawford County$24,132,381
Crittenden County$24,084,380
Cross County$6,493,448
Dallas County$2,481,768
Desha County$4,596,887
Drew County$9,479,740
Faulkner County$74,793,123
Franklin County$4,173,046
Fulton County$2,504,236
Garland County$49,455,603
Grant County$8,034,595
Greene County$15,659,647
Hempstead County$6,185,014
Hot Spring County$10,587,854
Howard County$4,306,837
Independence County$13,995,944
Izard County$3,113,955
Jackson County$3,785,972
Jefferson County$37,528,820
Johnson County$6,220,760
Lafayette County$2,166,185
Lawrence County$4,518,247
Lee County$3,038,378
Lincoln County$3,874,826
Little River County$2,955,652
Logan County$4,252,708
Lonoke County$33,033,042
Madison County$3,443,836
Marion County$3,225,277
Miller County$16,360,261
Mississippi County$14,229,822
Monroe County$2,106,949
Montgomery County$1,873,071
Nevada County$2,152,908
Newton County$1,632,043
Ouachita County$10,415,254
Perry County$2,759,562
Phillips County$6,555,747
Pike County$2,952,589
Poinsett County$5,981,775
Polk County$5,742,790
Pope County$29,562,652
Prairie County$2,814,713
Pulaski County$426,917,138
Randolph County$3,964,700
Saline County$72,683,109
Scott County$1,634,086
Searcy County$1,378,760
Sebastian County$73,845,353
Sevier County$4,014,744
Sharp County$4,405,903
St. Francis County$8,274,601
Stone County$4,190,408
Union County$28,955,998
Van Buren County$5,351,631
Washington County$138,637,871
White County$38,186,540
Woodruff County$1,828,133
Yell County$4,885,916

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






1% = 694,081,505

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 2016, Arkansas residents gave an average of 3.1% 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 2016 was 2.3% of income. Giving in Arkansas has been above the nation since 2011.

There was wide variation in levels of giving across counties, with residents of Benton County contributing 8.6% of their income in 2016. Pulaski County, had the next highest level of giving at 3.7% of income. In contrast, residents of Scott and Logan counties contributed only 1.2% of their incomes.

Notes about the data

Figures are in constant 2017 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 Decreasing
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Overweight or Obese Students Maintaining
Student Drug Usage Decreasing
Overweight or Obese Adults Increasing
Physically Inactive Adults Increasing
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 Maintaining
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
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Change in Population by Age Not Applicable