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Rye Ranks 34th In Nation For Charitable Giving

RYE, N.Y. – The City of Rye ranked 34th out of 28,000 municipalities across the country in charitable giving, according to results of "How America Gives," a study of charitable donations throughout every community in the United States, released this week by The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

The data were collected based on dollar amounts released by the Internal Revenue Service for 2008 showing the value of charitable deductions claimed by taxpayers. The study includes only taxpayers who reported incomes of $50,000 or more to prevent discrepancies in the data for those who make less.

Rye ranked 34th of 28,725 communities across the country with $110.3 million given in 2008. The average contribution in the city was $21,134. The median discretionary income among donors was $409,659, and they gave 5.2 percent of their income.

The most recent top donations made to organizations and charities located in the city include a $3 million contribution by the Aresty family to the Jay Heritage Center, located on Boston Post Road in Rye. A $1.7 million contribution from an anonymous donor in November to the Rye City School District is intended to construct a new field house.

By age group, 33.7 percent of people under age 20 made donations, the highest percentage of all age groups. In the 20-29 age range, 4.9 percent made donations. In the 30-44 age range, 17.8 percent made donations. In the 45-64 age range, 28.3 percent made donations. In the 65 and up age group, 15.3 percent made donations.

The study also showed that those who made $50,000 to $75,000 gave an average of 7.6 percent of their income after taxes, housing, food and other living expenses. Meanwhile, those who made $100,000 or more donated just 4.2 percent of their income.

Westchester County ranked 12th out of 3,115 counties in the nation with a total of $1.2 billion in contributions. The average contribution across the county was $2,796. The high rankings for Rye and the county are not surprising considering that New York state ranked second of all 50 states and Puerto Rico, according to the study. New York residents contributed a total of $11.3 billion, with the average contribution coming in at $2,266.

For more information and to search for municipalities, counties and states, take a look at the Chronicle’s interactive map.

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