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Study Rates Stony Brook, the Setaukets on Giving

Chronicle of Philanthropy examined every zip code in the United States to see how much communities are giving.

When it comes to donating your paycheck to charity, just how generous are you?

Do you back up your words with cold, hard cash or simply give non-profits the cold shoulder? A study by the Chronicle of Philanthropy released Monday looked at every zip code in the United States.

Among the study's wide-ranging findings:

  • Utah is the most generous state, donating 10.6 percent of discretionary income.
  • New York ranks 17th (4.7 percent). 
  • New Hampshire is the stingiest (just 2.5 percent).
  • People who live in politically conservative, "red states" are more generous than those in liberal or "blue states."

Long Island measured up well. Nassau rated 11th among 3,115 counties nationwide at 5.3 percent while Suffolk was 24th (4.8 percent).

How America Gives ranked each of the 28,725 zip codes in the U.S. by measuring income, average annual contribution and percentage of income. 

There has long been a tradition of philanthropy in Three Village, starting with Ward Melville's own gifts to the community and to the state university system, the way up to the from Jim Simons to Stony Brook University in 2011, and all of the community's contributions in between. So how do the Setaukets and Stony Brook rate?

     11733

Zip Code Totals Total Contributions $22.8 million Median Contribution $2,803 Median Discretionary Income $79,094 Percent of Income Given 3.5 percent Total Contributions Rank 1,227

     11790

Zip Code Totals Total Contributions $10.6 million Median Contribution $2,564 Median Discretionary Income $73,304 Percent of Income Given 3.5 percent Total Contributions Rank 3,798

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