Wake up Kansas City!

How can a city that’s among the nation’s top 50 in population let itself fall to 140th in online giving?

Heart of the country, indeed!

That was my reaction as I scanned the results of a just-released report comparing online donations processed by Convio on behalf of its nonprofit clients. Granted, that’s not a scientific representation, but it would seem to be indicative.

After the first eight months of the year, the number of KC online donations appears to be about even with the pace of 2008 (ytd currently at 66% of 2008 total), but the total number of dollars is lagging (50% of 2008 totals). This difference is the result of a lower average gift: $62.08 in 2009 compared to $81.44 in 2008.

In 2008, KC ranked 88th in the country.

By comparison, the current “most generous” city (Alexandria, VA) has about one-third of the population but gave 2.5 times as many gifts and more than three times as much in total dollars.

Personally, I find this a little embarrassing.

Do we support good causes less? Do we just not give online? What’s the deal?

Come on KC. Get out there and show your heart!