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Charitable Giving by State,

"Generosity is not just how much you give, but how much you give in relation to how much you have."

Catalogue For Philanthropy
"Using published data of individual tax returns from the Internal Revenue Service, we compare the rank of each state's average adjusted gross income (AAGI) to the rank of each state's average itemized charitable deductions (AICD). The arithmetical differences between these two rankings are then themselves ranked, resulting in the Generosity Index rank."
Generosity Index 2004: (2002 US State Data)

"...the majority of charitable giving is done by those at the top of the income scales."

Who are the nation's 'cheapstates'? Try the blue ones.
By G. Jeffrey MacDonald, Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor, December 22, 2004 edition

How Much to Give
"Who Gives the Most? The people that give the most actually make the least. Households earning under $10,000 a year -- far below the poverty line -- gave 5.2% of their income to charity. That's a larger percentage of their money than any other income group."


Poor people give a higher percent of their income but wealthy people actually give more money. So, wealthy people give more money but get less social credit for it. Well, hey, they're wealthy they don't need me feeling sorry for them. But it does remind me of another bit of popular wisdom - rich people are rich because they don't part with their money easily.

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