Huron, Erie counties rank in bottom third of state when it comes to giving

Huron Countians are not among the state's most generous givers -- at least according to recently released statistics.
Aaron Krause
Sep 20, 2012


Huron Countians are not among the state's most generous givers -- at least according to recently released statistics.

Based on those figures, Huron County ranked 71st out of Ohio's 88 counties, according to a report from The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

The Washington D.C.-based publication obtained tax records from the IRS for 2008, the most recent year for which such data were available. In a report titled "How America Gives," The Chronicle of Philanthropy examined income levels and the sums claimed in charitable contributions for taxpayers in each zip code.

For Huron County, contributions totaled $10.8 million. That placed the county 1,127th out of 3,115 U.S. counties for which The Chronicle of Philanthropy has data.

Erie County ranked 64th among Ohio's 88 counties, with total contributions at $17.4 million. Erie County ranked 852nd out of 3,115 U.S. counties.

Pick up a copy of Wednesday's Reflector to read a related story, which includes comments from Linda Bersche, executive director of the Norwalk Area United Fund; Norwalk Salvation Army Capt. Dianna Morales; Don Bercheck, treasurer of the Norwalk Area Food bank; and Julie Chase-Morefield, executive director of Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio.

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Guy on a Buffalo

I'm shocked! With all the kindness bloggers like Contago have shown to the school, I would have assumed he would have opened his pocket book for every charity.


@ Guy on a Buffalo:

So voting in favor of a property tax hike is really charity? Have you cut 'em a check yet and not even waited for a possible increase?

Second time for the question: Do you even live in Norwalk?

Seeing as how Huron Co. has one of the highest unemployment rates in the state, why should anyone be surprised at the amount of charitable giving?

Plus, the stats only include donations which were tax deducted.

Guy on a Buffalo

You missed my point - with all your "Cut them a check" rhetoric, I took a guess that you did what you preached to everyone else. I guess I was wrong.

Do you live in Norwalk?


@GOAB: Since you keep childishly answering my questions with other questions, I'll assume negative in both cases.

So other than boring trash talk, do you have any other "talents"?

mister wizard

I gave at the office. Wait, I lost that job 'cuz of Obama. I'll share my pork and beans with the poor family next door, the ones with the Lexus and the swimming pool. No, they're on food stamps and disability. I hate being in the 53%...never get nothin' free !

Raziels Wings

I pray I never need the free stuff. I thank god I can work even though I dont make alot ..I work..Idle hands devils workshop..
I pray I always have some spare to give...I thank god im not cold and hungry ..and I always have enough to share..
I pray that my light will shine bright enough for a lonely soul to see me..and be warmed by my smile.
I pray that I never turn cold enough to turn my back on a need..that my heart remains pure and giving even if all I can give is a hand.
I pray daily for a way to give that would ease anothers worry.
I pray that I find a way to share everyday.
I have known pain and suffering and hunger ..and because of that I will always give.This from Huron County.


One cannot give what one does not have.


How about giving to this guy's charity? He is one of the 47% that needs it. Enjoy!


These numbers only factor in IRS related donations. There are many other ways people give that do not show up on an IRS data sheet.


@ arnmcrmn: Bingo!

Plus, those "pocket change" donations can add up and are not usually deducted.

Locally and in the U.S. we are and have been in an "invisible" economic depression. Some analysts have noted that there are tens of millions of Americans on food stamps, welfare, SSDI and other transfer of payment schemes. The 1930s soup kitchens have been replaced with "checks in the mail."

This ain't gonna end well.


Funny thing is, unless one is self employed (where itemization is done) or makes VERY large contributions, itemization's such as girl scout purchases, goodwill drop offs, church basket cash are NOT listed on a regular hourly workers tax return.. and for a tip, YES Girl scout cookies are 2/3rds deductible. so are local 5-k runs for track teams and such, so is the tax on ANY taxable purchase as long as something like $1600 worth of tax charged on rcpts (?? not exact).. But then again, only if you itemize. Which most people don't. So i really don't think these surveys are 100% correct. More metro white collar business counties would easily see higher donations on returns..

Raziels Wings

I have been trying to figure out a way to give more .Its hard to know where ...and though it doesnt matter really as long as one gives. There must be balance in life... one cannot expect to receive if one doesnt give..On the other hand one shouldnt give in order to receive. And to give in secret is better than showing it off. So it is my prayer to find a place to give as well as time to.

Raziels Wings

If we all give a little the energy of that will transform the negatives ..will change the way we feel ...and the ripple effect will go on and on .

hit the road jack

To all you charity people,I am done giving to you,every time I read the newspaper one of the organizations is caught lifting the money or that the telemarketers take 60-90% of the funds raised,so I will never give to any of these thieves again.