Wilmette residents gave 3.6 percent of their income, the least amount based on percentage of income given when compared with neighbors on the North Shore, according to 'How America Gives,' a study from the Chronicle of Philanthropy.
Based on the study Wilmette ranks at No. 274 of 28,725 zip codes ranked throughout the country, donating a total of $62.2 million and made a median contribution of $7,103.
Regionally, Kenilworth is among is the most charitable town among surrounding communities with 5 percent of income given, donating a total of $18.9 million, and a median contribution of $25,968.
(Check out the below tables for a closer look at Wilmette and Kenilworth giving and how we compare to surrounding towns, the county, state and country, plus a breakdown of Wilmette and Kenilworth giving by income level).
The study shows how states, cities and neighborhoods rank in generosity using data by zip code, income level and charity given, taken directly from 2008 tax records. The study also uses factors like amount of discretionary income and can also be broken down by income level, age and race.
Based on the amount of money donated, Wilmette and Kenilworth residents gave more than the national or Cook County average.
For more details about the data and methodology, browse the full study here.
BY THE NUMBERS
Giving on the North ShoreTown % of Income Given Median Contribution Winnetka 5.4
$24,953Lake Forest 5.2
$5,569Lake Bluff 3.9
$17,026Highland Park 3.7
Wilmette, Kenilworth Giving
Wilmette Kenilworth Total contributions $62.2 million $18.9 Median contribution $7,103 $25,968 Median discretionary income $197,330 $520,262 Percent of income given 3.6% 5%
Wilmette, Kenilworth Giving by Income LevelWilmette Kenilworth Income % of Income Given % of Income Given $50,000-$99,000 10.3 N/A $100,000-$199,999 4.5 7.8 $200,000 and up 3.2 4.9 All income levels 3.6 5
Giving by Comparison
% of Income Given Median Contribution Median Income Wilmette 3.6 $7,103 $197,330 Kenilworth 5 $25,968 $520,262 Cook County 5.6 $2,419 $43,531 Illinois 4.2 $2,371 $56,113 United States 4.7 $2,564 $54,783
* Source for charts: Chronicle of Philanthropy