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Side of the Rhode: Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in RI Politics?

Friday, January 10, 2014

 

HOT this week: Jim Vincent

Every Friday, Dan Lawlor breaks down who's rising and who's falling in the world of Rhode Island politics. Check out who made the lists this week.

HOT

Jorge Elorza - Kudos to Mayoral candidate's Elorza's balanced response to the Probation and Parole building relocation. He wrote to the Journal , opposing the move for the Parole Office downtown, but suggested, "I believe that this controversy has offered us a great opportunity. Let us use this moment to come together, with opponents and supporters, to improve the way ex-offenders are reintegrated into society; to provide pathways to education and employment for those who seek them..." Without ways forward, too many people, and the city at large, will be stuck.

Ken Block - While his statement had some unnecessary hyperbole, kudos to the Gubernatorial candidate for taking the State Property Committee to task for repeatedly violating Open Meeting laws and failing to fill the two vacant Committee seats reserved for members of the public - for the past 18 months. As Block said, "It's actions like this that give Rhode Island its reputation as the 'Who You Know' state, when we need to become the Transparent Government state."

Jim Vincent/RI NAACP - "I realize and can never forget that I stand on their shoulders and the shoulders of others... that's why I feel so strongly about giving back," Vincent said on being announced recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr "Living the Dream" Award, to be presented at Ebenezer Baptist Church on Jan 20. In addition to heading the local NAACP, Vincent also serves as president to the East Bay Community Action Program (EBCAP).

West End, Reservoir and Elmwood - Congratulations- and thank you for giving! According to Stephen Beale, the median income in these neighborhoods is about $36,000, and people donate 4.97% of their income to charity - higher than the percents given from the East Side, Newport, or downtown Providence. Speaking of giving opportunities ...

Tammy Vargas Warner/Latino Dollars for Scholars - Passionate to "expand higher education" for Latino students in Rhode Island, this great organization celebrates its 20th anniversary this Saturday at the Providence Marriott. The keynote speaker is Henry Cisneros, the former US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Clinton. The 20th Anniversary Committee includes Victor Capellan, Doris De Los Santos, David Logan, Patricia Martinez, Domingo Morel, Gayle Gifford, and Dr. Jose Gonzalez. Mayor Taveras and Merrill Sherman are co-chairs of the event.

Jack Martin/Providence Public Libraries - Good luck to PPL with their new Executive Director, Jack Martin, who was Assistant Director for Public Programs at New York Public Library. Martin vows, "I believe our Library’s future must be directly connected to the learning goals of our community and to that end I will be exploring all opportunities for vibrant partnerships, collaborations and new initiatives.”

Yamil Baez, Bobby Gondola, Jr., Nina Pande - Kudos to this trio of dedicated, community leaders. Mayor Taveras appointed Baez and Gondola to their first term on the School Board, and re-appointed Pande. Baez has been active in numerous groups, from the Providence Community Library to the Latino College Access Coalition. Gondola is the director of Year Up! and serves on the board of Waterfire. Pande has been an active school board member, and leads as Executive Director of Federal Hill House.

Lucie Searle/Providence Preservation Society - The Board President of the Preservation, and her whole team, once again deserve credit for highlighting historic structures throughout the city in various states of disrepair and neglect- the infamous " Ten Most Endangered Properties in Providence. " The city has lost several historic structures in the last decade, and finding creative, cost-effective ways to rehab and reuse our heritage will be a big part of revitalizing the city. Check out the great photos of the structures by Jesse Burke.

NOT

Gordon Fox and Teresa Paiva Weed- According to the Journal, several tens of thousands of dollars in renovations at the State House took place to repair water damage in December. While of course it was necessary to repair the leaking roof in the House Chamber and begin fixing the Speaker and Senate President's offices, couldn't the same concern (and speedy repairs) be given to the 14 state-identified school buildings across Rhode Island that "need major renovations or need to be replaced."

Richard Conti/Developer - The mysterious, historic white house across from Dominica Manor on Atwells Ave, the 1871 Alexander Adie House, is being demolished. This post-Civil War building survived Providence's urban renewal plans in the 1960s and 1970s, only to met its end in 2014. As Mayoral candidate Brett Smiley put it, "There are supposed to be plans for a hotel in its place. As a community we need to remain vigilant to ensure that this site does not turn into another 'temporary' surface lot."

Downtown Pawtucket - Pawtucket has a ton of energy and spunk, but charitable giving apparently isn't a big habit yet. Downtown Pawtucket ranked at the very bottom in GoLocal's index of charitable giving.

Rob De Robbio/Urban League - The board president of Urban League needs to make clear future plans for the organization before the city allows the full transfer and sale of any deed-restricted property. At last week's City Council meeting, numerous individuals from the Rhode Island Homeless Advocacy Project came to lobby Councilors about concerns with the services being provided by the League. The former Director of Program Development at Urban League recently told GoLocal , "I think the board's in the dark, or they're covering...The city should not be responsible for bailing out the League."

Bill Murphy - Just this past week, the Rhode Island Interfaith Conference held a march from Gloria Dei Church to the State House calling for legislation to ease the burdens on the poor. As we enter the 2014 legislative session, hopefully Murphy's $50,000 paid advocacy to allow Advance America to charge 260% interest rates on pay day loans will be ignored.

Jobless Rate: In September we were at 9.1%, Massachusetts was at 7.2% and New Hampshire was at 5% jobless. Not too much has changed- now we're at 9%, Massachusetts is at 7.1%, and New Hampshire is at 5.1% jobless. Where's the vision to move forward?


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The Most and Least Charitable Communities in RI

Below are the most—and least—charitable communities in Rhode Island. Communities were ranked by how much of local median discretionary income was donated to a charitable cause. The data is taken from the Chronicle for Philanthropy, using IRS records on charitable giving as reported on individual tax returns in 2008, the latest available year.

Communities are identified based on ZIP Codes. Not all ZIP Codes are listed. If a particular ZIP Code has an insufficient number of residents who earn over $50,000 annually, the IRS declined to release charitable giving figures, for privacy reasons. Communities are listed starting with the least charitable and ending with the most. For cities and towns with multiple ZIP Codes, the neighborhood or area is identified, with accompanying city or town name. For each listed community, the total contributions are provided, along with the median contribution, the median discretionary income, and the percent donated. A state and national ranking is also included.

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#72

Pawtucket (city center)                                                                             

Zip Code: 02862

Total Contributions: $12,678
Median Contribution: $497
Median Income: $36,005
Percent of Income Given: 1.38%

State Ranking: 72 out of 72

National Ranking: 28,121 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#71

Wood River Junction (Richmond)

Zip Code: 02894

Total Contributions: $101,921
Median Contribution: $888
Median Income: $51,379
Percent of Income Given: 1.73%

State Ranking: 71 out of 72

National Ranking: 25,307 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#70

Glendale (Burrillville)

Zip Code: 02826

Total Contributions: $188,260
Median Contribution: $1,018
Median Income: $48,081
Percent of Income Given: 2.12%

State Ranking: 70 out of 72

National Ranking: 23,022 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#69

Harrisville (Burrillville)

Zip Code: 02830

Total Contributions: $1,606,380
Median Contribution: $1,197
Median Income: $53,846
Percent of Income Given: 2.22%

State Ranking: 69 out of 72

National Ranking: 11,897 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#68

Slatersville (North Smithfield)

Zip Code: 02876

Total Contributions: $359,187
Median Contribution: $1,149
Median Income: $51,040
Percent of Income Given: 2.25%

State Ranking: 68 out of 72

National Ranking: 19,772 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#67

Pascoag (Burrillville)

Zip Code: 02859

Total Contributions: $1,209,022
Median Contribution: $1,113
Median Income: $48,825
Percent of Income Given: 2.28%

State Ranking: 67 out of 72

National Ranking: 13,290 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.

Photo: Flickr/Lara Mercer Photography

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#66

Carolina (Richmond and Charlestown)

Zip Code: 02812

Total Contributions: $436,741
Median Contribution: $1,411
Median Income: $61,702
Percent of Income Given: 2.29%

State Ranking: 66 out of 72

National Ranking: 18,670 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#65

Mapleville (Burrillville)

Zip Code: 02839

Total Contributions: $378,041
Median Contribution: $1,359
Median Income: $56,568
Percent of Income Given: 2.4%

State Ranking: 65 out of 72

National Ranking: 19,508 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#64

Manville (Lincoln)

Zip Code: 02838

Total Contributions: $432,246
Median Contribution: $1,129
Median Income: $46,394
Percent of Income Given: 2.43%

State Ranking: 64 out of 72

National Ranking: 18,742 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#63

Hope Valley (Hopkinton)

Zip Code: 02832

Total Contributions: $1,357,534
Median Contribution: $1,368
Median Income: $54,735
Percent of Income Given: 2.5%

State Ranking: 63 out of 72

National Ranking: 12,701 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#62

Tiverton

Zip Code: 02878

Total Contributions: $4,728,358
Median Contribution: $1,391
Median Income: $54,877
Percent of Income Given: 2.53%

State Ranking: 62 out of 72

National Ranking: 7,234 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#61

Ashaway (Hopkinton)

Zip Code: 02804

Total Contributions: $715,299
Median Contribution: $1,285
Median Income: $50,519
Percent of Income Given: 2.54%

State Ranking: 61 out of 72

National Ranking: 15,886 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#60

Cumberland

Zip Code: 02864

Total Contributions: $12,214,097
Median Contribution: $1,525
Median Income: $58,918
Percent of Income Given: 2.59%

State Ranking: 60 out of 72

National Ranking: 3,234 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#59

North Smithfield

Zip Code: 02896

Total Contributions: $3,633,966
Median Contribution: $1,545
Median Income: $59,407
Percent of Income Given: 2.6%

State Ranking: 59 out of 72

National Ranking: 8,345 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#58

Coventry

Zip Code: 02816

Total Contributions: $9,099,124
Median Contribution: $1,337
Median Income: $51,167
Percent of Income Given: 2.61%

State Ranking: 58 out of 72

National Ranking: 4,442 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#57

Chepachet (Glocester)

Zip Code: 02814

Total Contributions: $2,192,911
Median Contribution: $1,382
Median Income: $52,165
Percent of Income Given: 2.65%

State Ranking: 57 out of 72

National Ranking: 10,551 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#56

Johnston

Zip Code: 02919

Total Contributions: $7,263,569
Median Contribution: $1,280
Median Income: $47,107
Percent of Income Given: 2.72%

State Ranking: 56 out of 72

National Ranking: 5,387 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#55

Foster

Zip Code: 02825

Total Contributions: $1,764,204
Median Contribution: $1,513
Median Income: $55,644
Percent of Income Given: 2.72%

State Ranking: 55 out of 72

National Ranking: 11,487 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#54

Hope (Scituate)

Zip Code: 02831

Total Contributions: $1,588,587
Median Contribution: $1,709
Median Income: $62,125
Percent of Income Given: 2.75%

State Ranking: 54 out of 72

National Ranking: 11,943 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#53

Charlestown

Zip Code: 02813

Total Contributions: $2,846,869
Median Contribution: $1,492
Median Income: $54,088
Percent of Income Given: 2.76%

State Ranking: 53 out of 72

National Ranking: 9,435 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#52

Warren

Zip Code: 02885

Total Contributions: $2,609,226
Median Contribution: $1,418
Median Income: $51,360
Percent of Income Given: 2.76%

State Ranking: 52 out of 72

National Ranking: 9,799 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#51

Wyoming (Richmond and some of Hopkinton)

Zip Code: 02898

Total Contributions: $658,202
Median Contribution: $1,409
Median Income: $50,832
Percent of Income Given: 2.77%

State Ranking: 51 out of 72

National Ranking: 16,363 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#50

Smithfield

Zip Code: 02917

Total Contributions: $4,252,935
Median Contribution: $1,575
Median Income: $56,568
Percent of Income Given: 2.78%

State Ranking: 50 out of 72

National Ranking: 7,667 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#49

Warwick (eastern side of city)

Zip Code: 02889

Total Contributions: $7,947,858
Median Contribution: $1,245
Median Income: $44,574
Percent of Income Given: 2.79%

State Ranking: 49 out of 72

National Ranking: 4,994 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#48

West Greenwich

Zip Code: 02817

Total Contributions: $2,459,855
Median Contribution: $1,735
Median Income: $61,675
Percent of Income Given: 2.81%

State Ranking: 48 out of 72

National Ranking: 10,059 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#47

West Kingston (South Kingstown)

Zip Code: 02892

Total Contributions: $1,955,448
Median Contribution: $1,725
Median Income: $60,949
Percent of Income Given: 2.83%

State Ranking: 47 out of 72

National Ranking: 11,047 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#46

Greene (Coventry)

Zip Code: 02827

Total Contributions: $686,482
Median Contribution: $1,563
Median Income: $55,164
Percent of Income Given: 2.83%

State Ranking: 46 out of 72

National Ranking: 16,121 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#45

Pawtucket (around Newport Ave.)

Zip Code: 02861

Total Contributions: $4,157,732
Median Contribution: $1,182
Median Income: $41,533
Percent of Income Given: 2.85%

State Ranking: 45 out of 72

National Ranking: 7,768 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#44

Bradford (Hopkinton and Westerly)

Zip Code: 02808

Total Contributions: $390,672
Median Contribution: $1,392
Median Income: $48,646
Percent of Income Given: 2.86%

State Ranking: 44 out of 72

National Ranking: 19,324 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#43

Albion (Lincoln)

Zip Code: 02802

Total Contributions: $166,576
Median Contribution: $1,030
Median Income: $35,429
Percent of Income Given: 2.91%

State Ranking: 43 out of 72

National Ranking: 23,557 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
 
Photo: Flickr/lastonein
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#42

North Scituate (Scituate)

Zip Code: 02857

Total Contributions: $3,986,914
Median Contribution: $1,668
Median Income: $57,287
Percent of Income Given: 2.91%

State Ranking: 42 out of 72

National Ranking: 7,961 out of 28,725 communities

Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.

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#41

Greenville (Smithfield)

Zip Code: 02828

Total Contributions: $3,058,124
Median Contribution: $1,765
Median Income: $59,811
Percent of Income Given: 2.95%

State Ranking: 41 out of 72

National Ranking: 9,106 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#40

Woonsocket

Zip Code: 02895

Total Contributions: $4,030,488
Median Contribution: $1,246
Median Income: $42,081
Percent of Income Given: 2.96%

State Ranking: 40 out of 72

National Ranking: 7,904 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#39

North Providence

Zip Code: 02911

Total Contributions: $3,180,446
Median Contribution: $1,301
Median Income: $43,857
Percent of Income Given: 2.97%

State Ranking: 39 out of 72

National Ranking: 8,955 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#38

Lincoln

Zip Code: 02865

Total Contributions: $9,444,846
Median Contribution: $1,867
Median Income: $62,526
Percent of Income Given: 2.99%

State Ranking: 38 out of 72

National Ranking: 4,282 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#37

Rumford (East Providence)

Zip Code: 02916

Total Contributions: $3,402,377
Median Contribution: $1,603
Median Income: $53,117
Percent of Income Given: 3.02%

State Ranking: 37 out of 72

National Ranking: 8,670 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#36

Riverside (East Providence)

Zip Code: 02915

Total Contributions: $3,807,018
Median Contribution: $1,336
Median Income: $44,260
Percent of Income Given: 3.02%

State Ranking: 36 out of 72

National Ranking: 8,152 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#35

Cranston (west of I-295)

Zip Code: 02921

Total Contributions: $7,168,421
Median Contribution: $2,041
Median Income: $67,464
Percent of Income Given: 3.03%

State Ranking: 35 out of 72

National Ranking: 5,441 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#34

Wakefield (South Kingstown)

Zip Code: 02880

Total Contributions: $270,133
Median Contribution: $1,736
Median Income: $56,747
Percent of Income Given: 3.06%

State Ranking: 34 out of 72

National Ranking: 21,282 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
 
Photo: Flickr/JimmyWayne
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#33

East Providence

Zip Code: 02914

Total Contributions: $2,777,504
Median Contribution: $1,272
Median Income: $41,372
Percent of Income Given: 3.07%

State Ranking: 33 out of 72

National Ranking: 9,551 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#32

Exeter

Zip Code: 02822

Total Contributions: $2,419,899
Median Contribution: $1,799
Median Income: $58,389
Percent of Income Given: 3.08%

State Ranking: 32 out of 72

National Ranking: 10,122 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#31

Hopkinton

Zip Code: 02833

Total Contributions: $158,743
Median Contribution: $1,519
Median Income: $49,053
Percent of Income Given: 3.10%

State Ranking: 31 out of 72

National Ranking: 23,761 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#30

Warwick (western side of city)

Zip Code: 02886

Total Contributions: $10,679,970
Median Contribution: $1,561
Median Income: $50,319
Percent of Income Given: 3.10%

State Ranking: 30 out of 72

National Ranking: 3,747 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#29

Portsmouth

Zip Code: 02871

Total Contributions: $8,391,695
Median Contribution: $2,044
Median Income: $65,463
Percent of Income Given: 3.12%

State Ranking: 29 out of 72

National Ranking: 4,782 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#28

Bristol

Zip Code: 02809

Total Contributions: $7,139,932
Median Contribution: $1,782
Median Income: $56,097
Percent of Income Given: 3.18%

State Ranking: 28 out of 72

National Ranking: 5,460 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#27

West Warwick

Zip Code: 02893

Total Contributions: $6,111,373
Median Contribution: $1,381
Median Income: $43,177
Percent of Income Given: 3.20%

State Ranking: 27 out of 72

National Ranking: 6,127 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#26

Westerly

Zip Code: 02891

Total Contributions: $7,692,894
Median Contribution: $1,792
Median Income: $56,007
Percent of Income Given: 3.20%

State Ranking: 26 out of 72

National Ranking: 5,133 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#25

Saunderstown (Narragansett and North Kingstown)

Zip Code: 02874

Total Contributions: $4,432,357
Median Contribution: $2,430
Median Income: $75,266
Percent of Income Given: 3.23%

State Ranking: 25 out of 72

National Ranking: 7,488 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#24

Cranston (between I-295 and I-95)

Zip Code: 02920

Total Contributions: $9,974,912
Median Contribution: $1,521
Median Income: $46,992
Percent of Income Given: 3.24%

State Ranking: 24 out of 72

National Ranking: 4,057 out of 28,725 communities

Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.

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#23

Wakefield (South Kingstown)

Zip Code: 02879

Total Contributions: $11,415,993
Median Contribution: $2,069
Median Income: $63,872
Percent of Income Given: 3.24%

State Ranking: 23 out of 72

National Ranking: 3,510 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#22

Central Falls

Zip Code: 02863

Total Contributions: $314,420
Median Contribution: $1,210
Median Income: $37,257
Percent of Income Given: 3.25%

State Ranking: 22 out of 72

National Ranking: 20,487 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#21

Barrington

Zip Code: 02806

Total Contributions: $24,119,792
Median Contribution: $2,589
Median Income: $77,050
Percent of Income Given: 3.36%

State Ranking: 21 out of 72

National Ranking: 1,100 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#20

Jamestown

Zip Code: 02835

Total Contributions: $4,893,282
Median Contribution: $2,306
Median Income: $68,574
Percent of Income Given: 3.36%

State Ranking: 20 out of 72

National Ranking: 7,074 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#19

East Greenwich

Zip Code: 02818

Total Contributions: $18,767,229
Median Contribution: $2,576
Median Income: $76,293
Percent of Income Given: 3.38%

State Ranking: 19 out of 72

National Ranking: 1,772 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#18

North Kingstown

Zip Code: 02852

Total Contributions: $13,188,539
Median Contribution: $2,108
Median Income: $62,130
Percent of Income Given: 3.39%

State Ranking: 18 out of 72

National Ranking: 2,939 out of 28,725 communities

Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.

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#17

New Shoreham (Block Island)

Zip Code: 02807

Total Contributions: $967,527
Median Contribution: $2,024
Median Income: $59,403
Percent of Income Given: 3.41%

State Ranking: 17 out of 72

National Ranking: 14,355 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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Warwick (around Post Rd. and Warwick Ave.)

Zip Code: 02888

Total Contributions: $6,014,549
Median Contribution: $1,506
Median Income: $44,079
Percent of Income Given: 3.42%

State Ranking: 16 out of 72

National Ranking: 6,201 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#15

Cranston (around Reservoir Ave.)

Zip Code: 02910

Total Contributions: $4,454,089
Median Contribution: $1,464
Median Income: $41,309
Percent of Income Given: 3.54%

State Ranking: 15 out of 72

National Ranking: 7,467 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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Providence (South Side and Washington Park) and Cranston (Edgewood)

Zip Code: 02905

Total Contributions: $3,887,148
Median Contribution: $1,573
Median Income: $44,185
Percent of Income Given: 3.56%

State Ranking: 14 out of 72

National Ranking: 8,065 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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Pawtucket (city center)

Zip Code: 02860

Total Contributions: $4,188,604
Median Contribution: $1,392
Median Income: $38,758
Percent of Income Given: 3.59%

State Ranking: 13 out of 72

National Ranking: 7,726 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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Providence (Charles and Mt. Hope and some of N. Providence)

Zip Code: 02904

Total Contributions: $5,991,831
Median Contribution: $1,524
Median Income: $41,441
Percent of Income Given: 3.68%

State Ranking: 12 out of 72

National Ranking: 6,211 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#11

Middletown

Zip Code: 02842

Total Contributions: $5,879,356
Median Contribution: $2,067
Median Income: $55,467
Percent of Income Given: 3.73%

State Ranking: 11 out of 72

National Ranking: 6,299 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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Narragansett

Zip Code: 02882

Total Contributions: $6,903,240
Median Contribution: $2,197
Median Income: $57,642
Percent of Income Given: 3.81%

State Ranking: 10 out of 72

National Ranking: 5,588 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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Providence (West End, Olneyville, Hartford, Silver Lake)

Zip Code: 02909

Total Contributions: $1,704,125
Median Contribution: $1,332
Median Income: $34,563
Percent of Income Given: 3.85%

State Ranking: 9 out of 72

National Ranking: 1,652 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#8

Little Compton

Zip Code: 02837

Total Contributions: $3,263,684
Median Contribution: $2,620
Median Income: $66,007
Percent of Income Given: 3.97%

State Ranking: 8 out of 72

National Ranking: 8,849 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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Providence (downtown)

Zip Code: 02940

Total Contributions: $214,634
Median Contribution: $1,298
Median Income: $31,222
Percent of Income Given: 4.16%

State Ranking: 7 out of 72

National Ranking: 2,2407 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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Providence (Mount Pleasant, Valley, Elmhurst, Smith Hill, Wanskuck)

Zip Code: 02908

Total Contributions: $4,558,609
Median Contribution: $1,727
Median Income: $39,438
Percent of Income Given: 4.38%

State Ranking: 6 out of 72

National Ranking: 7,368 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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East Side of Providence

Zip Code: 02906

Total Contributions: $32,324,450
Median Contribution: $3,115
Median Income: $69,647
Percent of Income Given: 4.47%

State Ranking: 5 out of 72

National Ranking: 593 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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Providence (downtown)

Zip Code: 02903

Total Contributions: $9,760,154
Median Contribution: $2,812
Median Income: $62,786
Percent of Income Given: 4.48%

State Ranking: 4 out of 72

National Ranking: 4,150 out of 28,725 communities

Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.

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#3

Newport

Zip Code: 02840

Total Contributions: $9,529,099
Median Contribution: $2,379
Median Income: $52,641
Percent of Income Given: 4.52%

State Ranking: 3 out of 72

National Ranking: 4,242 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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Kingston (South Kingstown)

Zip Code: 02881

Total Contributions: $1,763,416
Median Contribution: $3,401
Median Income: $68,895
Percent of Income Given: 4.94%

State Ranking: 2 out of 72

National Ranking: 11,490 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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Providence (West End, Reservoir, Elmwood)

Zip Code: 02907

Total Contributions: $1,270,182
Median Contribution: $1,791
Median Income: $36,029
Percent of Income Given: 4.97%

State Ranking: 1 out of 72

National Ranking: 13,033 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
 
 

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Comments:

Doug Westport

You have a problem with people who work at the State House repairing a leaking roof at the State House? Sure, the schools also need upkeep, but it's not a choice of one or the other Dan! And you know what else our schools need? Kids who feel safe. Brett Smiley put out a huge safety plan recently that didn't even make it on to your list, but Elorza writes one op-ed with no policy positions at all and you put him at the top of your list? That's not right either.

lupe fiasco

Chill Doug, no one takes this Dan seriously. This is his friends and family list.

Marrisa Leesberg

This state is so doomed!

Whitney Underwood

Lupe must be right. Dan must be in cahoots with Elorza. why else would he conveniently forget to mention that Michael Solomon was the first one to offer a "balanced response" as opposed to Elorza who flip-flopped within 24 hours....

“As a small business owner, I am sensitive to the concerns raised by my colleagues in the private sector,” Solomon told WPRI.com. “However, we are one city, and I firmly believe that there is no reason that we cannot work together to have a successful downtown community, a reinvigorated Kennedy Plaza, vital re-entry services and robust public safety.”

Kevin Quinn

Yes, kudos to Ken Block, the man who founded the moderate party with his own cash, then abandoned it when it was convenient for him. Truly breaking new political ground in the "Who-you-know" state.




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