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How Charitable is Greater Philadelphia?

A report from The Chronicle of Philanthropy looks at how much neighborhoods in the area give to charity.

"How America Gives," a study released by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, aims to “nationwide generosity” by analyzing tax documents and measuring how much money people claimed for charitable donations on their returns.

So how charitable is the Greater Philadelphia Area? According to the report, the area’s Patch towns gave over $568,000,000 toward charitable measures in the 2008.

“The study is based on exact dollar amounts released by the Internal Revenue Service showing the value of charitable deductions claimed by American taxpayers,” according to a release on the study’s website. The Chronicle obtained comprehensive tax records from the IRS for 2008, the most recent year for which such data are available, to examine income levels and the sums claimed in charitable contributions for taxpayers in each ZIP code.

You can view a complete explanation of the study’s methodology here.

Check the chart below to see how much your neighborhood donated to charity according to the study.

Northwest Philadelphia

Amount Donated National Ranking Neighborhood Mt. Airy $20.1 million 1,565 Chestnut Hill $18.3 million 1,851 Roxborough $12.5 million 3.419 Manayunk $743,657 15,687

Main Line

Amount Donated
National Ranking Neighborhood
Ardmore $8.2 mil 4,861 Merion $13.7 mil 2,788 Wynnewood / Penn Wynne $22.3 mil 1,286 Bala Cynwyd / Belmont Hills $24.9 mil 1,028 Narberth / Penn Valley $15.8 mil 2,279 Bryn Mawr $63.6 mil 129 Gladwyne $38.1 mil 393 Malvern / Frazer $38.8 mil 375 Wayne / Saint Davids $62.5 mil 132 Villanova $41.8 mil 321 Paoli $7.2 mil 5,323 Devon $22.6 mil 1.262 Berwyn $23.4 mil 1,167

Delaware County

Amount Donated National Ranking Neighborhood Haverford $27.9 mil 813 Havertown $19.8 mil 1,620 Broomall $10.4 mil 3,887 Newtown Square $30.9 mil 656 Media $30.8 mil 668 Springfield $14.1 mil 2.672

Chester County

Amount Donated National Ranking Neighborhood Phoenixville (19453) $330,784 20,196 Phoenixville (19460) $22.3 mil 1,215 Oaks $287,543 20, 966 West Chester / Westtown $39.7 mil 356 East Goshen / West Goshen $38.4 mil 384
Wendy August 27, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Interesting....How many donations are in the area of EDUCATION?

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