Lower-Income Newtown Residents Give at Higher Percentage

A recent review of tax records revealed that those who make less in Newtown gave a higher percentage of their income to charity.


“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” ― John Bunyan

Out of nearly 29,000 zip codes in the United States, Newtown is in the top 600 most charitable communities in the nation, according to study called “The Chronicle of Philanthopy,” which was .

The report is based on IRS tax data from 2008. The records showed that the 18940 zip code donated $32.2 million to IRS-registered charitable organizations.

The data showed that Newtown taxpayers on average gave about 3.4 percent of the their median income of $78,903 to charity.

By comparison, the median contribution in Pennsylvania was 3.9 percent and 4.7 percent for the entire United States. Utah residents gave the highest percentage - contributing more than 10 percent of their income to charity.

In Newtown, the data reveals that lower-income residents tended to donate a much bigger share of their median income to charity than their wealthier neighbors did in 2008.

Residents who made less than $100,000 gave 5.4 percent of the their income, data reports. However, those who made more than $100,000 only gave 2.85 percent of the yearly income to charity.

As a whole, the Philadelphia region gave more than $3 billion dollars to charities in 2008, the report shows.

The study also found that monetary donations to charity organizations by large companies in 2011 remained stagnant and is not expected to increase much this year.

Charitable Giving by Area Zip Code


18977: Washington Crossing

Total Contributions   $5.2 million

Median Contribution  $3,366

Median Income          $115,953

Percent Given            2.9%


18925: Furlong

Total Contributions   $4 million

Median Contribution  $2,380

Median Income          $91,713

Percent Given            2.6%


19047: Langhorne

Total Contributions   $18-million

Median Contribution  $2,184

Median Income          $62,306

Percent Given            3.5%


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Maria August 21, 2012 at 11:01 AM
Studies continuously prove that religious and conservatives give more to charity than liberal non-religious people.
Jordan August 21, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Of course people who belong to a religion donate to that religion. What would be interesting to see in my opinion would be numbers comparing those who give to actual philanthropy, like purely to charities. Not religions (certainly include the percentage of donations to religions that a church uses to do actual charitable work, but not the percent that goes to heating the church in the winter, for example). Also not universities (except with the same caveat as above). Pure charities who benefit other people. I think those numbers would be more interesting.
Dawn August 21, 2012 at 02:08 PM
http://moneyland.time.com/2012/08/21/how-religious-affiliation-affects-charitable-giving/ When you take religion out, the numbers drastically change, and areas that tend to be more Democratic, like New England,followed by New York, give more. Pennsylvania moves from number 40 to number 5 in its ranking as well.
Joann Jordan August 21, 2012 at 10:41 PM
So, what are you insinuating? Democrats aren't religious? And if you give to a religion, that is somehow different than giving to another charity?? Also, 18940 is a Newtown AREA zip code--I live in Upper Makefield but have the Newtown zip. Not quite the same as saying "Newtown" as a blanket region... Consider that churches do more than just "give to ourselves"-- my church has a food pantry, which services anyone in Bucks County who needs food assistance, regardless of your religious background. We also have free dinners for those in need each month, and have a weekly soup kitchen. Stop thinking of religious people as "nut-job" right wingers. Charity does start at home, and local churches and the people who support them also do much within their communities, opening their doors to scouting troops, CA & AA group meetings , teen meetings. Let's not discount religion as a charity.


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