AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Convio, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNVO) announced today the release of its fourth annual ranking of Most Generous Online U.S. Cities. 2011 saw a change at the top with Seattle, WA, earning the #1 spot, followed by Alexandria, VA and Washington, DC finishing second and third respectively as the nation’s most generous large cities based on 2011 online giving data from Convio customers. The biggest movers in the top ten from the 2010 annual ranking are Seattle rising three spaces to number one; Cambridge, MA falling three spaces from number two to number five; and Ann Arbor, MI moving up three spaces from number nine to number six.
The report ranks the 273 cities with total population of more than 100,000 based on per capita online giving and total amount donated through Convio’s online marketing and fundraising suites. The average gift size remained steady in 2011 compared to 2010 at $65, as more than $435 million was donated by people who reside in the 273 major cities. The donors in the most generous cities increased their total online contributions by more than 11 percent over 2010.
The 2011 rankings are based on the almost $1.355 billion in total online donations generated through the Convio online marketing and fundraising suite that powers the online efforts of thousands of the nation’s leading nonprofit organizations. The current rankings come from donations processed between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2011.
The top ten most generous large cities (population > 100,000) in 2011, based on per capita giving are:
1. Seattle, WA
2. Alexandria, VA
3. Washington, DC
4. Arlington, VA
5. Cambridge, MA
6. Ann Arbor, MI
7. Berkeley, CA
8. San Francisco, CA
9. Bellevue, WA
10. St. Louis, MO
“According to a May 2011 study by Pew Internet, 96 percent of American adults with annual incomes greater than $75 thousand are online,” said Gene Austin, chief executive officer of Convio. “The Internet is a key component of a comprehensive, integrated constituent engagement and fundraising strategy. Our 2011 U.S. online giving data reinforces that nonprofits are increasingly leveraging the Internet to generate more meaningful relationships, raise more money and maximize the lifetime value of every individual they touch.”
From a regional perspective based on the U.S. Census grouping of states, the top 25 large cities have the South achieving the #1 spot (three cities in the top ten), followed by the West, then the Midwest and lastly the Northeast. To view the complete rankings of large U.S. cities, visit www.convio.com/onlinecities.
Convio is a leading provider of on-demand constituent engagement solutions that enable nonprofit organizations to maximize the value of every relationship. With Convio solutions, nonprofits can more effectively raise funds, advocate for change and cultivate relationships with donors, activists, volunteers, event participants, alumni and other constituents. Convio offers two open, cloud-based constituent engagement solutions: Convio Common Ground® for small- and mid-sized nonprofits and Convio Luminate™ for enterprise nonprofits. Headquartered in Austin, Texas with offices across the United States and United Kingdom, Convio serves more than 1,500 nonprofit organizations globally. Convio is listed on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol CNVO.
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