A Chronicle of Philanthropy Study Shows Charitable Giving by ZIP Code

Aug 21, 2012

A new Chronicle of Philanthropy study that charts giving patterns in every state, city, and ZIP code shows some surprising results. Check out the cool interactive tool to see the giving patterns in your neighborhood!

Some highlights of the findings overall:
  •     * Wealthier Americans are not the most generous.  Those who earn under $100,000 a year give a substantially higher proportion of their earnings (7.6%) to charity than those earning more (4.2%).
    * Wealthy Americans who live only with other high earners give substantially less to charity (2.8%) than those living in economically mixed communities (4.2% is the rate for earners over $200,000 overall).
   * Red states give more than blue states - but only if religious giving is included.  In secular giving, California leads the pack, with New York second. The Chronicle doesn't specify, but we suspect that arts giving falls under secular giving.
   * Tax incentives make a big difference - the 13 states that offer incentives to charitable giving show a significant impact.
   * Zip code 10021 on Manhattan's Upper East Side in New York gave the most in the nation:  over $450 million/year.

Next we would love to see arts giving specified in the interactive map!

Listen to an informative NPR piece on the report: http://www.npr.org/player/v2/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=1&islist=false&id=158947667&m=159308726

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