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D.C. ranked among most generous U.S. cities in online donations

When it comes to charitable giving, the Washington area may not be number one — but we are number two, and three, and four.

According to a new report, three local jurisdictions are among the most generous in online donations nationwide.

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Donors in Alexandria, the District and Arlington ranked just behind Seattlites in the ranking by Blackbaud, a technology provider for nonprofit organizations. The ranking looked at 265 large cities, with a total population of more than 100,000.

Alexandria donors contributed $4.7 million online, which amounts to an average of about $33 per person, the analysis found. In D.C., more than $14 million, or close to $24 per person, were donated online. Arlingtonians’ online donations totalled nearly $5 million, more than $23 per person. (Seattle donors contributed roughly $23 million, or $38 per person.)

On the other end of the spectrum, cities whose residents contributed the least online donated less than a dollar per capita. These cities include Detroit, Mich.; Newark, N.J.; Miami Gardens, Fla.; and Brownsville, Tex.

Blackbaud found that donors nationwide contributed more than $509 million in online donations in 2012 — a 15 percent jump from the previous year. Comparatively, overall giving grew less than 2 percent from 2011 to 2012.

Top 10 most generous U.S. cities — online donations

1. Seattle, Wash.

2. Alexandria, Va.

3. Washington, D.C.

4. Arlington, Va.

5. Ann Arbor, Mich.

6. Cambridge, Mass.

7. Berkeley, Calif.

8. San Francisco, Calif.

9. St. Louis, Mo.

10. Minneapolis, Minn.

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