Charitable Giving
Source: Internal Revenue Service
Charitable Contributions as a Percent of Income
Arkansas County2.3%
Ashley County2.4%
Baxter County2.0%
Benton County7.1%
Boone County2.1%
Bowie County, Texas2.1%
Bradley County2.0%
Calhoun County1.6%
Carroll County1.9%
Chicot County2.4%
Clark County2.7%
Clay County1.5%
Cleburne County2.2%
Cleveland County1.9%
Columbia County2.7%
Conway County2.0%
Craighead County2.5%
Crawford County2.1%
Crittenden County2.6%
Cross County2.1%
Dallas County2.3%
Desha County2.3%
Drew County2.8%
Faulkner County2.5%
Franklin County1.4%
Fulton County1.4%
Garland County2.2%
Grant County2.1%
Greene County1.9%
Hempstead County2.1%
Hot Spring County1.8%
Howard County1.9%
Independence County2.0%
Izard County1.6%
Jackson County1.6%
Jefferson County3.0%
Johnson County1.5%
Lafayette County2.2%
Lawrence County1.5%
Lee County2.6%
Lincoln County2.0%
Little River County1.4%
Logan County1.3%
Lonoke County2.0%
Madison County1.3%
Marion County1.3%
Miller County1.9%
Mississippi County2.1%
Monroe County2.1%
Montgomery County1.4%
Nevada County1.6%
Newton County1.6%
Ouachita County2.5%
Perry County1.5%
Phillips County2.5%
Pike County1.8%
Poinsett County1.6%
Polk County2.0%
Pope County2.2%
Prairie County2.0%
Pulaski County3.5%
Randolph County1.5%
Saline County2.3%
Scott County1.1%
Searcy County1.4%
Sebastian County2.6%
Sevier County1.5%
Sharp County1.6%
St. Francis County2.6%
Stone County2.3%
Union County2.7%
Van Buren County2.0%
Washington County2.4%
White County2.5%
Woodruff County1.7%
Yell County1.5%

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

Total Charitable Giving
Arkansas County$9,050,754
Ashley County$8,864,433
Baxter County$16,717,263
Benton County$753,237,814
Boone County$14,453,056
Bowie County, Texas$43,236,641
Bradley County$3,649,465
Calhoun County$1,437,913
Carroll County$8,624,443
Chicot County$3,609,973
Clark County$10,437,024
Clay County$3,445,929
Cleburne County$10,982,824
Cleveland County$2,966,962
Columbia County$12,266,820
Conway County$8,482,677
Craighead County$55,364,732
Crawford County$23,010,666
Crittenden County$23,148,382
Cross County$6,453,396
Dallas County$2,629,761
Desha County$4,489,935
Drew County$9,677,563
Faulkner County$69,407,679
Franklin County$4,103,117
Fulton County$2,231,804
Garland County$48,455,659
Grant County$7,991,559
Greene County$15,936,537
Hempstead County$6,649,844
Hot Spring County$9,746,421
Howard County$4,212,479
Independence County$14,002,442
Izard County$2,917,344
Jackson County$3,700,096
Jefferson County$37,432,331
Johnson County$6,077,716
Lafayette County$2,089,025
Lawrence County$3,555,292
Lee County$2,988,227
Lincoln County$3,413,526
Little River County$2,995,316
Logan County$4,519,301
Lonoke County$31,544,986
Madison County$3,381,122
Marion County$3,413,526
Miller County$15,918,310
Mississippi County$14,614,062
Monroe County$2,141,681
Montgomery County$1,679,928
Nevada County$2,141,681
Newton County$1,652,588
Ouachita County$10,496,768
Perry County$2,710,771
Phillips County$6,238,722
Pike County$2,939,622
Poinsett County$5,631,153
Polk County$5,987,593
Pope County$28,195,256
Prairie County$2,772,540
Pulaski County$414,071,490
Randolph County$3,925,909
Saline County$68,831,501
Scott County$1,508,797
Searcy County$1,298,173
Sebastian County$74,541,637
Sevier County$3,705,159
Sharp County$3,678,831
St. Francis County$8,308,507
Stone County$3,881,354
Union County$27,219,095
Van Buren County$5,609,888
Washington County$132,258,675
White County$38,124,960
Woodruff County$1,535,125
Yell County$5,070,164

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






1% = 674,475,364

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 2015, Arkansas residents gave an average of 3.2% 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 2015 was 2.2% of income. Giving in Arkansas had been similar to the nation but increased in 2015.

There was wide variation in levels of giving across counties, with residents of Benton County contributing 7.1% of their income in 2015. Pulaski County, had the next highest level of giving at 3.5% of income. In contrast, residents of Scott County contributed only 1.1% of their incomes.

Notes about the data

Figures are in constant 2016 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.

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
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 Maintaining
Food Insecurity Decreasing
Incarceration Rate Increasing
Homelessness Decreasing
Change in Total Jobs Maintaining
Housing Affordability - Owning Maintaining
Housing Affordability - Renting Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Charitable Giving Maintaining
Volunteering Decreasing
Group Participation Increasing
Connection to Neighbors Decreasing
Local Voting Decreasing
Change in Population Increasing
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Population by Age Not Applicable