Giving in Kansas City outpaces U.S.

Charitable giving in the Kansas City area totaled $2.15 billion and outpaced the rest of the U.S. in a range of categories, a new report says.

Individuals in the region with an income of $100,000 or more gave almost twice the national average, and the average gift of $3,375 in the region exceeded the national average by 50 percent, says the study, released by the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation and conducted by The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.

Individual giving, which accounted for 70 percent of total giving in the region in 2007, grew 128 percent from 1997 after adjusting for inflation, compared to an increase of 30 percent throughout the U.S.

Assets of foundations, which account for 18 percent of total giving in the region, totaled $3,239 per capita, compared to the national average of $2,053.

Individuals and families account for 70 percent of all charitable giving, and companies in the region account for seven percent.

“Even in this challenging economy, those who can give are continuing to invest in the community through charitable giving,” Laura McKnight, president and CEO of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, says in a statement.

“The trend we have seen over the past year and a half,” she says, “Is that individuals , families and companies are being even more deliberate with their giving to make sure they are achieve the greatest impact possible.”

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