A Mismatch Between Need and Affluence

From the Chronicle of Philanthropy:

Residents of areas with high standards of living, low poverty, and low crime give less to charity than those in less well off areas.

That’s one finding from new data, compiled by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, combining giving behavior with quality-of-life measurements for 2,670 counties across the United States. It’s based on data from The Chronicle’How America Gives study, which shows the share of income Americans in different parts of the country have donated and the Opportunity Index, created by two antipoverty nonprofits, which assigns scores of socioeconomic well-being to counties based on measurements such as housing costs, preschool attendance, Internet access, and percent of residents with advanced degrees. …

The new data raise questions about whether donations lead to improved quality of life in communities and whether people who are well off are less inclined to give to others.

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