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Loudoun County lagging its neighbors in charitable giving

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When it comes to charitable giving, Loudoun still lags behind neighboring counties despite its status as the richest county in the country.

New research conducted by the Chronicle of Philanthropy reveals Loudoun County's giving rates have remained flat since the study was first released in 2014. The most recent study uses data collected in 2012 and 2015.

The first study, released in 2014, showed the median total gifts given to charity from Loudouners was $3,167, or 1.9 percent of their income. The 2017 study shows the figure remained at 1.9 percent, which equates to a median gift of $3,685.

Amy Owen, executive director of the Community Foundation, said she is disappointed by the findings.
“This is based on 2015 data, there is a two year time lapse to get the data out. We are very hopeful we are making an impact,” Owen said.

The first study helped shape the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties’ Faces of Loudoun campaign, Owen said.

The campaign portrays people in Loudoun County who have relied on the services of local nonprofits addressing homelessness, aging in place, intellectual and mental disabilities, domestic violence, health, addiction, teen suicide, mental health, hunger insecurity and employment.

A focus group hosted by the Community Foundation in 2017 found the Faces of Loudoun campaign was making inroads, according to Owen. This year, the Community Foundation will provide more links on its website and is lifting up nonprofit leaders as faces of Loudoun.

Elsewhere in Virginia, the amount given to charity was more generous, according to the research.

Residents in Fauquier County gave 3.2 percent of their income to charity, according to the 2017 published research, a rise from 3.1 percent in 2014. In the 2017 study, the median total gifts in Fauquier County is listed as $5,815.

In Fairfax County, the percent of income given was 2.6 percent, $5,664 median total gifts, according to the 2017 figures. This was a rise from 2.4 percent in 2014 when the median total gifts were $3,527.

Clarke County's charitable contribution rose from the figures published in 2014 by point 3 percent, from 2.5 percent to 2.8 percent. This equates to a median gift in 2014 of $2,999 rising to $4,523 in the 2017 study.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy study, called “How America Gives,” offers an analysis of the giving patterns of Americans who earn $50,000 or more annually and who itemize charitable deductions on their income-tax returns for 2012 and 2015.

Itemized giving of these taxpayers represents nearly 80 percent of all individual charitable contributions.

Charities benefiting include places of worship and nonprofits serving education, health and animal welfare.

Loudoun County Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (D-At Large) said it's a misconception that Loudoun is “the richest county,” noting Loudoun has the highest median income but not necessarily wealth. Because of that high household income, Randall said, people don't always recognize the need.

"People in Loudoun are very generous if they realize there's a need," Randall said.

The chairwoman said she's embarked on a two-year effort to invite a different nonprofit to attend every Board of Supervisors meeting. The nonprofit representative speaks about their organization, and if someone wants to be involved they can get more information. It's to raise awareness where there's a need, Randall said.

"We may not vote on the issue, but we can give voice to the cause," she said.

Comments


Do you think there is any relation to the other phenomena that poorer school districts seem to do more for kids than wealthier ones like ours? Scroll to the bottom to look at the national database to see how Loudoun ranks.


If you want real entertainment, look up GoFundMe, Loudoun County, and peruse the various reasons people are asking for money.
I’ve also noticed that a lot of the liberals in the county make a lot of noise about helping people, but their names NEVER show up on donation pages. Recently, I heard about a house burning in Ashburn from a liberal friend of mine, who was busy telling everyone within earshot that the family needed help. A few days later I saw a bunch of familiar names on the GoFundMe donation page, but not the name of my liberal friend. I even asked him about it and he acted like he forgot and would get to it soon. Nope, he didn’t.


heyousleaze has it correct. Lots of liberals in eastern part of the county, and all studies show liberals lag way behind conservatives when it comes to charitable giving. Well, when it’s their own money, anyway.


$50/day tolls don’t help either.


Fred, you left off Obamacare. In 2017, I paid almost $35K out of pocket(Includes employer monthly premiums) for a family of 4. Monthly premiums tripled, Co-pay doubled and deductible for family tripled. The most I ever paid prior to Obamacare was around $10K. And because I have a strict budget, Charity takes the hit.


Ms. Randall approved a “gift” of $150,000 to the Waterford Foundation to “repair their finances”.  With over $6,000,000 in assets and exempt from paying property taxes for numerous buildings, the wedding business, internet business, and real estate developer seems hardly in-need.  Politics as usual by this BOS.  “Hmmm, where should we give our money to buy the most votes or prestige?”  Shame on you, Ms. Randall.  Many need to repair finances and BUY FOOD.  The rich, under the guise of a non-profit, do not.


After you get done paying the mortgage, daycare, groceries, and personal property taxes, you don’t have a dime to give.


Still no understanding at the Loudoun Times Mirror of the difference between wealth and income.


I’m not surprised, considering all the liberal hypocrites who live in Loudoun.

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