How much is your area giving to charities? A new national study details the generosity in America's communities.
Compared to other parts of the Pierce County, Gig Harbor residents are generous when it comes to charitable giving, according to a study released Monday by "The Chronicle of Philanthropy."Zipcode Total Contribution in 2008 Ranking (out of 28,725) 98335 $26.8 million 893 98332 $11.8 million 3,379 98329 $2.5 million 10,014 Total $41.1 million ----
The difference in giving is reflected nationally in what the "The Chronicle of Philanthropy" has dubbed the Generosity Divide.
Gig Harbor Income Levels (98335)Percent of Income Given Average Contribution Average Discretionary Income Total Returns $50k-$99,999 5.8 percent $2,047 $35,357 2,359 $100k-$199,999 3.7 percent $3,171 $86,156 2,140 $200k and up 5.4 percent $18,759 $344,643 811 All Income Levels 4.10 percent $2,782 $68,128 5,310
The study was based on Internal Revenue Service records of Americans who itemized deductions. It gives ZIP-code level detail about the percentage of discretionary income that people gave to charity.Total Contributions Percent of Income Given Median Contribution Median Discretionary Income Pierce County $285 million 4 percent $2,061 $51,472 Tacoma $57.6 million 4.7 percent $2,118 $45,448 University Place $21.7 million 5 percent $2,931
Lakewood $20.1 million 5.1 percent $2,650
Bonney Lake $16.4 million 2.7 percent $1,599 $58,433 Sumner $3.8 million 3.9 percent $1,913
Puyallup $18.2 million 4.2 percent $2,376 $56,207
Fife $2.9 million 5 percent $2,254 $45,052 Steilacoom
$4.1 million 5.4 percent $3,607 $66,724 Spanaway
$9.7 million 3.5 percent $1,543 $44,628 Parkland $10.7 million 4.3 percent $1,819 $42,702
The study found:
- States that voted Republican in the last presidential election are far more likely to be generous to charities than those that voted Democratic. The top eight states in giving preferred John McCain over Barack Obama.
- Utah was the No. 1 state in giving at 10.6 percent, with Salt Lake City as the most giving city. By contrast, residents in Massachusetts and three other New England states give less than 3 percent. New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Jersey and Rhode Island are the least-generous states.
- Lower-income people give a far bigger share of their income to charities than the wealthy.
- Rich people who live in areas with mostly wealthy people give a smaller share of their incomes to charity than rich people in economically diverse areas.
- Regions that are deeply religious give more than those that are not. Two of the top 10 states—Utah and Idaho—have high numbers of Mormons, who tithe more consistently than other churches. The other states in the top 10 are all in the so-called Bible Belt.
The Chronicle website also features an interactive map looking at how America gives.