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Central MA College Standout: Smith College’s Megan Baker

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

 

Smith sophomore Megan Baker will be putting her education and passion for community to use in Washington DC this summer.

Webster native Megan Baker is enrolled in her sophomore year at Smith College in Northampton, MA. She was recently accepted for the Jean Picker Semester-in-Washington Program and is preparing for a summer and fall internship in Washington DC. Baker‘s major is English Language and Literature, with a Government minor and a Community Engagement and Social Change concentration. This student standout is not only excelling academically, but is active in both school and volunteer activities.

Some of her many extracurricular activities include the Smith College Glee Club as well as the Voices and Visions Journal, where she serves as an editorial board member, publicity officer, and general editor. Baker is also president of Spring, an educational outreach organization that she helped to found.

A Conversation with Megan Baker

SW: What is the career and/or future you envision for yourself?

MB: At the moment, I plan to teach English at the secondary level or work in advocating for education reform, or possibly both!

SW: What is your course of study and what drew you to it?

MB: I’m studying English because I have always loved to read and write. My homework a lot of the time is to read novels, and in class we discuss them. I can’t think of a better way to spend my day!

SW: You have been accepted for a program allowing you to internship in Washington DC. How did that come about?

MB: I’m also studying government because I have recently developed an interest in politics. I have been really enjoying my government classes, and I am lucky enough to have been accepted into a program for this summer and fall through Smith called the Picker Semester-in-Washington Program. I will be interning at different places around the Capital to see public policy at all stages, and will also take classes while I’m there. This program will tie in to my concentration as well. Concentrations are a way to take courses from across disciplines and weave them together cohesively to explore a topic, and my topic is education equity under the branch of Community Engagement and Social Change. I plan to be interning in places relating to education and education policy during the Picker Program. My various jobs working with children have led me to be interested in education, and I am very excited to learn more.

SW: What has been either your most memorable course or professor?

MB: Most of my courses have been really great, but a really memorable moment from class is when my professor for an introductory political theory course decided the best way to illustrate social contract theory was to bring in water guns and have a standoff. He distributed them to people around the room, and they all agreed to not squirt the water guns and put them down. Then the professor broke the social contract and brought out a super-soaker, and proceeded to spray the class.

SW: What leadership roles have you taken on campus?

MB: I represent my house to a couple different offices, and am the treasurer of the American Sign Language and Deaf Culture Club on campus. I also work in one of the dining halls on campus as what is essentially a student manager, so I help to train new students and approve payroll, amongst other tasks.

The position I spend the most time working in is as president of an education outreach organization I have helped to found called Spring. We’re new, as we just got chartered in December, but we’ve already held our first program. Splash is a day of workshops for middle and high school students taught by college students on college campuses. This was Smith’s first Splash, but other schools like Amherst College, Clark University, Yale University, and MIT all hold programs as well. It’s super cool! Our Splash was small, but we’ve had a lot of great feedback and are preparing for a bigger and better program next year.

SW: How have you been involved in the community?

MB: I volunteer at the Northampton Interfaith Shelter once a week during the winter months, and have started working and volunteering as a tutor for elementary school and high school students respectively through Project Coach. Project Coach is a really cool program that works with high school students in Springfield, where Smith’s MAT students train them to be coaches in different sports for elementary school students. The program also includes time to work on homework, so that’s where I come in for both the elementary school kids and the high school kids.

SW: What is one thing you have learned about yourself since becoming a college student?

MB: I am so much more capable than I thought I was upon graduating from high school, and I never imagined I would be doing everything I am doing. I am now sure that I can do anything I put my mind to.

SW: What or who has had the greatest influence on you to date? Why?

MB: My family has had a huge influence on me, and in several ways. I first started trying hard and doing well in school so I could be like my sister, both with her as a role model and competitor—whether she knew it or not. Additionally, everyone in my family has done or currently does service work. They have taught me that people are what matter in life. I’ve been particularly influenced by my mom’s experiences with her position at the Adult Education program in Webster, and I think that is partially why I am interested in education reform.

SW: What would someone be surprised to learn about you?

MB: My go-to surprising fun fact about myself is that I used to be a competitive dancer at Canty Dance Centre, now known as The Dancer’s Sole in Webster. Honestly, that still surprises me! It was a great experience, and I really love visiting at the studio when I am home. My friends and I still get together and watch old dance videos that go back to when we were little kids, as some of us started dancing together as early as when we were 3!

SW: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

MB: I hope to either be in graduate school, or be teaching English abroad.

 

Central MA College Standout is a weekly feature that profiles college and university students in Central MA. Join us every Tuesday for a look at the careers and lifestyles of today’s local college student. If you have suggestions for a profile, email [email protected].

Susan D. Wagner is president of Susan Wagner PR, a boutique public relations firm invested in meeting client's goals with integrity and creativity.

 

Related Slideshow: The Most and Least Charitable Communities in Central MA

Below are the most—and least—charitable towns in Central Massachusetts. Towns 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.

For each listed town, 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. State rankings are based on the percent of income donated, while national rankings are based on total contributions. 

Note: No data was available for the towns of Tolland, Phillipstown, and Templeton.

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#70

Hardwick

Total Contributions: $259,111
Median Contribution: $696
Median Income: $53,938
Percent of Income Given: 1.29%

State Ranking: 70 out of 70

National Ranking: 21,504 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#69

Winchendon

Total Contributions: $1.3 million
Median Contribution: $743
Median Income: $46,261
Percent of Income Given: 1.61%

State Ranking: 69 out of 70

National Ranking: 12,884 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#68

Townsend

Total Contributions: $1.6 million
Median Contribution: $953
Median Income: $57,464
Percent of Income Given: 1.66%

State Ranking: 68 out of 70

National Ranking: 12,031 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#67

Webster

Total Contributions: $3.4 million
Median Contribution: $905
Median Income: $51,530
Percent of Income Given: 1.76%

State Ranking: 67 out of 70

National Ranking: 8,649 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#66

Oxford

Total Contributions: $2.2 million
Median Contribution: $954
Median Income: $52,317
Percent of Income Given: 1.82%

State Ranking: 66 out of 70

National Ranking: 10,451 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#65

Millville

Total Contributions: $704,334
Median Contribution: $1,018
Median Income: $53,039
Percent of Income Given: 1.92%

State Ranking: 65 out of 70

National Ranking: 15,985 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#64

Shirley

Total Contributions: $1.4 million
Median Contribution: $1,060
Median Income: $54,521
Percent of Income Given: 1.94%

State Ranking: 64 out of 70

National Ranking: 12,498 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#63

Athol

Total Contributions: $1.3 million
Median Contribution: $849
Median Income: $43,305
Percent of Income Given: 1.96%

State Ranking: 63 out of 70

National Ranking: 12,803 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#62

Blackstone

Total Contributions: $1.7 million
Median Contribution: $995
Median Income: $50,702
Percent of Income Given: 1.962%

State Ranking: 62 out of 70

National Ranking: 11,753 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#61

Gardner

Total Contributions: $2.6 million
Median Contribution: $916
Median Income: $46,113
Percent of Income Given: 1.99%

State Ranking: 61 out of 70

National Ranking: 9,870 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#60

Rutland

Total Contributions: $2.4 million
Median Contribution: $1,202
Median Income: $60,363
Percent of Income Given: 1.991%

State Ranking: 60 out of 70

National Ranking: 10,081 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#59

Ayer

Total Contributions: $1.4 million
Median Contribution: $1,079
Median Income: $53,719
Percent of Income Given: 2.0%

State Ranking: 59 out of 70

National Ranking:12,663  out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#58

Brimfield

Total Contributions: $909,441
Median Contribution: $1,152
Median Income: $55,660
Percent of Income Given: 2.07%

State Ranking: 58 out of 70

National Ranking: 14,655 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#57

Douglas 

Total Contributions: $2.5 million
Median Contribution: $1,188
Median Income: $57,321
Percent of Income Given: 2.072%

State Ranking: 57 out of 70

National Ranking: 10,065 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#56

Ware

Total Contributions: $1.2 million
Median Contribution: $937
Median Income: $45,091
Percent of Income Given: 2.078%

State Ranking: 56 out of 70

National Ranking: 13,234 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#55

Bellingham

Total Contributions: $4.6 million
Median Contribution: $1,136
Median Income: $54,602
Percent of Income Given: 2.08%

State Ranking: 55 out of 70

National Ranking: 7,372 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#54

Palmer

Total Contributions: $1.4 million
Median Contribution: $1,030
Median Income: $49,163
Percent of Income Given: 2.09%

State Ranking: 54 out of 70

National Ranking: 12,677 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#53

Ashburnham

Total Contributions: $1.7 million
Median Contribution: $1,127
Median Income: $53,359
Percent of Income Given: 2.1%

State Ranking: 53 out of 70

National Ranking: 11,642 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#52

Mendon

Total Contributions: $2.9 million
Median Contribution: $1,538
Median Income: $71,929
Percent of Income Given: 2.13%

State Ranking: 52 out of 70

National Ranking: 9,378 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#51

Orange

Total Contributions: $591,748
Median Contribution: $906
Median Income: $42,190
Percent of Income Given: 2.14%

State Ranking: 51 out of 70

National Ranking: 16,955 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#50

Sutton

Total Contributions: $4.3 million
Median Contribution: $1,475
Median Income: $68,595
Percent of Income Given: 2.150%

State Ranking: 50 out of 70

National Ranking: 7,595 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#49

Leicester

Total Contributions: $1.5 million
Median Contribution: $1,133
Median Income: $52,650
Percent of Income Given: 2.151%

State Ranking: 49 out of 70

National Ranking: 12,127 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#48

Hopedale

Total Contributions: $2.2 million
Median Contribution: $1,328
Median Income: $61,554
Percent of Income Given: 2.158%

State Ranking: 48 out of 70

National Ranking: 10,500 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#47

Millbury

Total Contributions: $2.9 million
Median Contribution: $1,169
Median Income: $54,141
Percent of Income Given: 2.16%

State Ranking: 47 out of 70

National Ranking: 9,358 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#46

Brookfield

Total Contributions: $565,595
Median Contribution: $1,064
Median Income: $48,614
Percent of Income Given: 2.19%

State Ranking: 46 out of 70

National Ranking: 17,221 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#45

Upton

Total Contributions: $3.2 million
Median Contribution: $1,610
Median Income: $73,101
Percent of Income Given: 2.20%

State Ranking: 45 out of 70

National Ranking: 8,924 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#44

Dudley

Total Contributions: $2.8 million
Median Contribution: $1,229
Median Income: $55,533
Percent of Income Given: 2.21%

State Ranking: 44 out of 70

National Ranking: 9,546 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#43

West Brookfield

Total Contributions: $1.3 million
Median Contribution: $1,143
Median Income: $51,128
Percent of Income Given: 2.23%

State Ranking: 43 out of 70

National Ranking: 13,096 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#42

Hubbardston

Total Contributions: $1.3 million
Median Contribution: $1,257
Median Income: $55,991
Percent of Income Given: 2.245%

State Ranking: 42 out of 70

National Ranking: 12,929 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#41

Hudson

Total Contributions: $5.5 million
Median Contribution: $1,304
Median Income: $58,001
Percent of Income Given: 2.248%

State Ranking: 41 out of 70

National Ranking: 6,571 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#40

Charlton

Total Contributions: $4 million
Median Contribution: $1,393
Median Income: $61,121
Percent of Income Given: 2.28%

State Ranking: 40 out of 70

National Ranking: 7,894 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#39

Sturbridge

Total Contributions: $2.5 million
Median Contribution: $1,508
Median Income: $65,859
Percent of Income Given: 2.29%

State Ranking: 39 out of 70

National Ranking: 9,969 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#38

Spencer

Total Contributions: $2.1 million
Median Contribution: $1,165
Median Income: $50,479
Percent of Income Given: 2.30%

State Ranking: 38 out of 70

National Ranking: 10,802 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#37

Barre

Total Contributions: $929,715
Median Contribution: $1,135
Median Income: $49,133
Percent of Income Given: 2.31%

State Ranking: 37 out of 70

National Ranking: 14,545 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#36

Auburn

Total Contributions: $4.6 million
Median Contribution: $1,229
Median Income: $53,165
Percent of Income Given: 2.312%

State Ranking: 36 out of 70

National Ranking: 7,297 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#35

New Braintree

Total Contributions: $228,676
Median Contribution: $1,129
Median Income: $48,666
Percent of Income Given: 2.32%

State Ranking: 35 out of 70

National Ranking: 22,120 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#34

Grafton

Total Contributions: $3.2 million
Median Contribution: $1,664
Median Income: $70, 865
Percent of Income Given: 2.35%

State Ranking: 34 out of 70

National Ranking: 8,905 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#33

Westminster

Total Contributions: $2.4 million
Median Contribution: $1,407
Median Income: $59,307
Percent of Income Given: 2.372%

State Ranking: 33 out of 70

National Ranking: 10,150 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#32

Granville

Total Contributions: $603,262
Median Contribution: $1,271
Median Income: $53,522
Percent of Income Given: 2.374%

State Ranking: 32 out of 70

National Ranking: 16,883 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#31

Milford

Total Contributions: $7.4 million
Median Contribution: $1,401
Median Income: $58,810
Percent of Income Given: 2.38%

State Ranking: 31 out of 70

National Ranking: 5,300 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#30

Northbridge

Total Contributions: $2 million
Median Contribution: $1,525
Median Income: $63,673
Percent of Income Given: 2.39%

State Ranking: 30 out of 70

National Ranking: 10,877 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#29

Lunenburg

Total Contributions: $4.1 million
Median Contribution: $1,431
Median Income: $59,837
Percent of Income Given: 2.391%

State Ranking: 29 out of 70

National Ranking: 7,816 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#28

Ashby

Total Contributions: $777,883
Median Contribution: $1,290
Median Income: $53,891
Percent of Income Given: 2.394%

State Ranking: 28 out of 70

National Ranking: 15,458 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#27

Northborough

Total Contributions: $8.1 million 
Median Contribution: $1,803
Median Income: $74,607
Percent of Income Given: 2.41%

State Ranking: 27 out of 70

National Ranking: 4,895 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#26

Hopkinton

Total Contributions: $14.4 million
Median Contribution: $2,814
Median Income: $115,267
Percent of Income Given: 2.44%

State Ranking: 26 out of 70

National Ranking: 2,600 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#25

Paxton

Total Contributions: $2.3 million
Median Contribution: $1,553
Median Income: $63,406
Percent of Income Given: 2.45%

State Ranking: 25 out of 70

National Ranking: 10,291 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#24

Shrewsbury

Total Contributions: $17.1 million
Median Contribution: $1,770
Median Income: $72,176
Percent of Income Given: 2.452%

State Ranking: 24 out of 70

National Ranking: 2,039 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#23

Oakham

Total Contributions: $552,233
Median Contribution: $1,389
Median Income: $55,575
Percent of Income Given: 2.49%

State Ranking: 23 out of 70

National Ranking: 17,353 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#22

North Brookfield

Total Contributions: $820,267
Median Contribution: $1,207
Median Income: $48,176
Percent of Income Given: 2.5%

State Ranking: 22 out of 70

National Ranking: 15,183 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#21

Westborough

Total Contributions: $10.8 million
Median Contribution: $1,960
Median Income: $77,872
Percent of Income Given: 2.51%

State Ranking: 21 out of 70

National Ranking: 3,688 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#20

Bolton

Total Contributions: $4 million
Median Contribution: $2,531
Median Income: $100,082
Percent of Income Given: 2.52%

State Ranking: 20 out of 70

National Ranking: 7,980 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#19

Leominster

Total Contributions: $9.4 million
Median Contribution: $1,268
Median Income: $49,917
Percent of Income Given: 2.54%

State Ranking: 19 out of 70

National Ranking: 4,299 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#18

Uxbridge

Total Contributions: $4.2 million
Median Contribution: $1,487
Median Income: $58, 316
Percent of Income Given: 2.55%

State Ranking: 18 out of 70

National Ranking: 7,702 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#17

Clinton

Total Contributions: $2.9 million
Median Contribution: $1,146
Median Income: $44,740
Percent of Income Given: 2.56%

State Ranking: 17 out of 70

National Ranking: 9,395 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#16

Marlborough

Total Contributions: $10.7 million
Median Contribution: $1,529
Median Income: $56,560
Percent of Income Given: 2.70%

State Ranking: 16 out of 70

National Ranking: 3,754 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#15

Southbridge

Total Contributions: $2.2 million 
Median Contribution: $1,194
Median Income: $44,086
Percent of Income Given: 2.71%

State Ranking: 15 out of 70

National Ranking: 10,533 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#14

Sterling

Total Contributions: $3.9 million
Median Contribution: $1,891
Median Income: $69,245
Percent of Income Given: 2.73%

State Ranking: 14 out of 70

National Ranking: 8,089 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#13

Fitchburg

Total Contributions: $5.1 million
Median Contribution: $1,215
Median Income: $42,876
Percent of Income Given: 2.83%

State Ranking: 13 out of 70

National Ranking: 6,877 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#12

Boylston

Total Contributions: $2.9 million
Median Contribution: $2,035
Median Income: $71,370
Percent of Income Given: 2.87%

State Ranking: 12 out of 70

National Ranking: 9,319 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#11

Holden

Total Contributions: $7.5 million
Median Contribution: $1,821
Median Income: $63,033
Percent of Income Given: 2.88%

State Ranking: 11 out of 70

National Ranking: 5,252 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#10

Southborough

Total Contributions: $14.9 million
Median Contribution: $4,482
Median Income: $154,780
Percent of Income Given: 2.89%

State Ranking: 10 out of 70

National Ranking: 2,481 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#9

Holland

Total Contributions: $533,505
Median Contribution: $1,318
Median Income: $44,776
Percent of Income Given: 2.94%

State Ranking: 9 out of 70

National Ranking: 17,552 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#8

Lancaster

Total Contributions: $3.2 million
Median Contribution: $1,895
Median Income: $63,591
Percent of Income Given: 3.0%

State Ranking: 8 out of 70

National Ranking: 8,943 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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#7

West Boylston

Total Contributions: $2.7 million
Median Contribution: $1,677
Median Income: $55,628
Percent of Income Given: 3.01%

State Ranking: 7 out of 70

National Ranking: 9,684 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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Harvard

Total Contributions: $7.5 million
Median Contribution: $3,677
Median Income: $114,622
Percent of Income Given: 3.20%

State Ranking: 6 out of 70

National Ranking: 5,245 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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Princeton

Total Contributions: $3.1 million
Median Contribution: $2,274
Median Income: $70,187
Percent of Income Given: 3.24%

State Ranking: 5 out of 70

National Ranking: 9,095 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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East Brookfield

Total Contributions: $584,507
Median Contribution: $1,816
Median Income: $55,038
Percent of Income Given: 3.29%

State Ranking: 4 out of 70

National Ranking: 17,031 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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Petersham

Total Contributions: $463,643
Median Contribution: $1,887
Median Income: $57,245
Percent of Income Given: 3.3%

State Ranking: 3 out of 70

National Ranking: 18,337 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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Worcester

Total Contributions: $37.6 million
Median Contribution: $1,448
Median Income: $42,913
Percent of Income Given: 3.4%

State Ranking: 2 out of 70

National Ranking: 552 out of 11,522 towns
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
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Berlin

Total Contributions: $1.6 million
Median Contribution: $2,409
Median Income: $67,454
Percent of Income Given: 3.57%

State Ranking: 1 out of 70

National Ranking: 11,806 out of 28,725 communities
 
Note: Data is from 2008 tax returns, the latest available at time of study.
 
 

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