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Northbrook Lags Behind Some Neighbors on List of Charitable Towns

Northbrook ranks 210 for total amount given of the 11,522 towns measured by the Chronicle of Philanthropy based on an IRS report. It ranks 4,694 in terms of percent of income donated.

According to a recent report from the Chronicle of Philanthropy, the average Northbrook taxpayer donated about $4,419 or 4.4 percent of their annual income. Northbrook donated about $72.2 million based on comprehensive tax records from the Internal Revenue Service for 2008, the most recent year such records are available. 

The report also provides details on median discretionary income per household income level and compares it the amounts donated.

Annual Income Level   Average Contribution   Percent of Income Given   $50,000 - $99,999 $2,397 8.9 $100,000 - $199,999 $3,848 4.7 $200,000 and Up $15,357 3.6 All Income Levels $4,419 4.4

Compared to the percent of income donated of nearby communities, the study ranks Northbrook just below the most charitable. 

Town Median Contribution Percent of Income Given Winnetka $24,953 5.4 Lake Forest $20,910 5.2 Kenilworth $25,968 5 Evanston $3,213 5 Northbrook $4,419 4.4 Glenview $3,387 4.2 Deerfield $5,569 3.9 Lake Bluff $4,262 3.9 Glencoe $17,026 3.8 Highland Park $7,124 3.7 Wilmette $7,103 3.6

The report does not include data for people with incomes below $50,000 because of discrepancies in the source IRS data. The IRS also withholds information about the specific charities taxpayers donate to. 

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Anna Tarkov August 21, 2012 at 01:49 PM
I agree that percentage of income donated is much more important than the absolute amount. The ranking on that table should go by that.
Stan Golovchuk August 21, 2012 at 02:01 PM
You're absolutely right, I've adjusted the table to reflect your suggestion.
Ed60062 August 21, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Still very biased. I would say ranking 210 out of 11,522 is pretty high on the list. And, Northbrook doesn't "lag behind neighbors"--it is in the middle of those selected. And, if we're comparing neighboring communities, what about Highwood, Wheeling, Prospect Heights, etc. It seems the point of the article is to show Northbrook in a bad light.
Billy Bob August 21, 2012 at 05:14 PM
The only relevant comparison is to compare Northbrook residents at each of the identified income brackets versus residents of other communities at each income bracket. Do Northbrook residents at each income bracket give a larger, smaller or the same percentage of thier income? The answer at each income bracket will tell us if we are a "generous" community compared to peers, whether our lower, middle and upper income bracket residents give at at similar rates of similarly "incomed" residents of other towns.
Stan Golovchuk August 21, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Thank you for your feedback and I apologize if this story appeared biased against Northbrook. It's never my intention to display Northbrook in a negative light, or in any light for that matter. My job is to report unbiased news and facts that occur or relate to the community, and I welcome any feedback that can help me do my job better. So a provision has been added to the article subhead that puts Northbrook's IRS data in some more context. "Northbrook ranks 210 for total amount given of the 11,522 towns measured by the Chronicle of Philanthropy based on an IRS report. It ranks 4,694 in terms of percent of income donated."

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