MoGro Outshines Niles In Giving To Charity

A national ranking of most giving zip codes shows Niles donates less money (as a percent of income) than many surrounding communities. Morton Grove donated a higher percentage.


Niles residents aren’t reaching quite as deep into their pockets as those in other neighbors, according to 'How America Gives,' a study from the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Based on the study’s rankings, Niles falls at No. 4,530 of 28,725 zip codes ranked throughout the country.

Morton Grove fell at 3,546 in the nation.

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Regionally, 60714 (Niles) lands near the middle of surrounding communities with 4.1 percent of income given and a median contribution of $1,935. The median discretionary income is $46,833, and the total amount Niles residents donated is $8.9 million. 

The 60053 zip code (Morton Grove) gave 4.5 percent of income and had a median contribution of $2,404. The median discretionary income (and it may be important to note it's higher than in Niles) is $53,956. The total amount Morton Grove residents donated is $11.3 million. 

(Check out the below tables for a closer look at giving and how we compare to surrounding towns, the county, state and country.) 

Niles was not as generous, percentage-wise, as towns including Winnetka (No. 1 on the North Shore), Lake Forest, Kenilworth, Evanston or Northbrook but gave more than residents in Deerfield, Highland Park, Wilmette and Glencoe. 

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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 can also uses factors like amount of discretionary income and can also be broken down by income level, age and race.

For more details about the data and methodology, browse the full study here. 


Giving on the North Shore

Town % of Income Given Median Contribution Winnetka 5.4


Lake Forest 5.2


Kennilworth 5


Evanston 5


Northbrook 4.4


Glenview 4.2


Deerfield 3.9


Lake Bluff 3.9


Glencoe 3.8


Highland Park 3.7


Wilmette 3.6


* Source for charts: Chronicle of Philanthropy




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