The Ohio State - Michigan rivalry is in full effect here in Columbus. To honor the rivalry, I thought I would see how the two schools stack up when it comes to charitable giving. Here's the tale of the tape...
(1) Statewide comparison
- Using data from the Chronicle of Philanthropy's How America Gives study, Michigan ranks 23rd among states, with an average giving rate of 3.01%, while Ohio ranks 32nd, with an average giving rate of 2.72%. Point for Michigan.
- In terms of large private foundations, from the Foundation Center rankings, Michigan is home to two of the 50 largest, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (21) and the Kresge Foundation (41); Ohio does not have a top 50 private foundation. Point for Michigan.
- In terms of large community foundations, from the Foundation Center rankings, Ohio is home to three of the 25 largest, the Columbus Foundation (10), The Cleveland Foundation (15), and The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (19); Michigan does not have a top 25 community foundation. Point for Ohio State.
(2) Local comparison
- Using data from the Chronicle of Philanthropy's How America Gives study, the Ann Arbor, MI metro area boasts a giving rate of 2.50%, while the giving rate for the Columbus, OH metro area is 2.58%. Point for Ohio State.
- If one narrows down to just the counties in which the schools reside, Ohio State again has the edge. Washtenaw County, MI has a giving rate of 2.78%, while Franklin County, OH has a giving rate of 3.02%. Point for Ohio State.
- As for charitable activities of the students themselves, the best gauge I could find was the fundraising of each school's largest student-run nonprofit organization. The Dance Marathon at the University of Michigan raised $446,400 in 2014. Ohio State's largest student nonprofit, BuckeyeThon (also a dance marathon) raised $767,277 in 2014. Both speak to the great altruism of students at each school, but point for Ohio State nonetheless.
And the winner is...The Ohio State University (not that I'm biased).