According to Study, Wilmington Residents Are Stingy Givers

When it comes to philanthropy, Wilmington residents give to charitable causes less than the state and country averages, and less then residents of other Middlesex County communities, according to a study conducted by "The Chronicle of Philanthropy."

When it comes to philanthropy, Wilmington residents give to charity less than the state and country averages, according to a study released this week.

They also give less than most of the residents in other Middlesex County communities.

"The Chronicle of Philanthropy" published their "How America Gives" study which reported that Wilmington residents, with a median discretionary income of $61,052, gave a median contribution of $1,363 of their income to charity in 2008—the tax year when the data was gathered. 

Meanwhile, the state and country's median contribution was 2.8 percent and 4.7 percent, respectively, compared to Wilmington's 2.2 percent. Locals contributed a total of $7.3 million, according to the study.

Here's a complete breakdown of the data compiled during the study:



Contribution Median Discretionary
Income  Percent of      
Income Given Ranking Arlington $11.5 million $1,721 $59,651 2.9%    3,337 of
28,725 Lynnfield $8.2 million $1,981 $74,778 2.6% 4,855 of
28,725 Malden $8.5 million $1,277 $40,126 3.2% 4,719 of
28,725 Medford $13.7 million $1,398 $48,929 2.9% 2,792 of
28,725 Melrose $11.2 million $1,698 $63,540 2.7% 3,591 of
28,725 North Reading $6.8 million $1,616 $68,364 2.4% 5,650 of
28,725 Reading $12.9 million $1,767 $70,083 2.5% 3,038 of
28,725  Somerville $11.4 million $1,267 $44,003 2.9% 1,988 of
11,522 Stoneham $7.4 million $1,419 $55,570 2.6% 5,326 of
28,725  Tewksbury $9.3 million $1,216 $56,267 2.2% 4,404 of
28,725  Wakefield $9.6 million $1,485 $60,222 2.5% 4,211 of
28,725  Wilmington $7.3 million $1,363 $61,052 2.2% 5,392 of
28,725  Winchester $29.9 million $4,350 $140,438 3.1% 708 of
28,725  Boston-Cambridge-Quincy Metro Area $2.5 billion $1,719 $60,312 2.8% 10 of 366 Massachusetts $3.1 billion $1,652 $58,099 2.8% 14 of 51 United States $135.8 billion $2,564 $54,783 4.7%

Detailed data is searchable by zip code.

What do you make of the study? Do you give to charities on a regular basis? Let us know by posting a comment in the comments section below.

Dianne Maguire August 23, 2012 at 11:37 AM
I don't think we are a "Stingy" community! We give in all sorts of ways, both with money and time. You can't judge by tax returns!
Wayne Sullivan August 23, 2012 at 02:53 PM
What a negative piece of journalism in these economic times!!! "Stingy" -- I find this article in complete poor taste. In researching the author of this Patch article I find it interesting that you reside in our neighboring town which by the way donated the exact same percentage of income at 2.2%. You shouldn't be making such a statement in the first place, but I notice you conveniently left your own town out. Also, the other cities and towns are not too far ahead at 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8%, etc. However, they all including Wilmington should be commended and not criticized for what they do donate as I am sure every town or city does its best to do what they can! Also, what you don't highlight in this article are the various people and charity organizations that exist right here at home who have donated time, money, supplies, food, labor and the list goes on...Just take a look at the past 3 years of the WILMINGTON Relay for Life for example with 100's of thousands of dollars donated for cancer research. That is just one example of the level of philanthropy that exists in 01887. Also not to mention the countless families who have needed financial support and every resident has stepped up. Way to go Wilmington Patch in putting out an article just last week quoting close to $20K in donations for a Wilmington family and then posting a follow-up article this week about Wilmington and calling its residents "STINGY". Appalling and thanks for uplifting your own community!
Mario Marchese August 23, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Not to mention the community overwhelmingly approved the construction of a brand new $80 million dollar High School!
Wayne Sullivan August 23, 2012 at 04:16 PM
One other follow-up fact is this data was produced in 2008! We are on the verge of entering 2013 - journalism using data that is almost 5 years old! Let's talk about today and what's happening now! Today there was an article on the PATCH of a WILMINGTON LOCAL BUSINESS which is owned and operated by a long time WILMINGTON FAMILY who is helping out one of its own who is unfortunately very ill and in need of tremendous support. Once again, Wilmington helping others in a time of need which is far from "stingy". As the Tewksbury Editor of the Patch, stick with Tewksbury please, we are doing just fine here in Wilmington. THANK YOU!
Kevin Mac August 23, 2012 at 04:43 PM
We would give more if Kevin and the boys would stop appealling.


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