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Danbury’s Charitable Giving Reaches $24.5 Million

DANBURY, Conn. – Danbury residents gave $24.5 million to charities last year, putting the city in the 91st percentile in the country, according to a report by The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Danbury ranked 941st out of the 11,522 towns in the United States as tracked by the Chronicle. In Fairfield County, Danbury ranked third out of the four largest cities.

The median amount that Danbury residents contributed was $1,836, which represented about 3.5 percent of their income.

Stamford was first among Fairfield County’s largest cities, giving a total of $104.8 million, which placed the city in the 98th percentile, or 124th out of the nation’s 11,522 communities surveyed.

Norwalk was second with residents giving $47.6 million, and Bridgeport was fourth with contributions totaling $21.1 million.

Compared with the rest of the country, Connecticut as a whole was low on the list of states. But Fairfield County ranked in the Top 10 most charitable counties in the country.

According to the Chronicle study, of the 3,115 counties in the country, Fairfield County donated $1.3 billion. That’s an average of 4.4 percent of residents' disposable income, a median contribution of $2,500 per person.

The study says that Connecticut ranks 45th in the nation but first among the nine states that make up the Northeast. On average, residents donate 3.3 percent of their disposable income to charities or nonprofits. In comparison, Utah ranked No. 1, with residents giving 10.6 percent of their disposable income.

The study also found that wealthy states and residents aren’t the most generous. The study found that in households earning $50,000 to $75,000 donate an average of 7.6 percent compared with the 4.2 percent of homes that bring in $100,000 or more.

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