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In online giving, Seattle, DC among most generous; Naperville tops in Illinois

Updated: April 11, 2013 3:35PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new ranking of the most generous cities in online donations shows Naperville as the state’s most generous but only sitting in 15th place nationally.

Seattle residents give the most money to charity, followed by three cities in the Washington, D.C., region. Chicago ranked 46th, dropping four places from 2011. Other Illinois cities on the list include Elgin, 126th; Aurora, 143rd; and Joliet, 203rd.

Blackbaud, a technology provider for nonprofits, found Seattle ranked first for the second year in 2012, followed by Alexandria, Va., Washington, D.C., and Arlington, Va.

The Charleston, S.C.-based company ranked cities with more than 100,000 people based on individual donations online. The report Thursday found donors in 265 cities gave $509 million last year, up 15 percent from 2011. Blackbaud provides technology for online fundraising.

Bringing up the rear was Brownsville, Texas.

The top 10 also includes Ann Arbor, Mich., Cambridge, Mass., Berkeley, Calif., San Francisco, St. Louis and Minneapolis.

Regionally, the South has the most cities in the top 25, followed by the West, Midwest and Northeast.

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