Middle-class households are more charitably inclined than rich ones, and “red” states are more generous than “blue” states, according to a new study by The Chronicle of Philanthropy.
“How America Gives” examines giving data by ZIP code and by income level in every city and town in the U.S. It finds wide disparities in generosity—by states, metropolitan areas and household wealth.
In compiling the study, Chronicle researchers looked at the most recent available IRS record of taxpayers who earned $50,000 or more in 2008 and itemized their deductions.
These donors gave a median of 4.7% of their discretionary income to charitable causes, nearly two-thirds of the $214 billion donated by all individuals in 2008, The Chronicle said.