Do the wealthy give to charity?

Published: Monday, March 25 2013 9:55 a.m. MDT

In America, the people who can afford to give to charity the most give less than the people who can afford to give to charity the least.

According to The Atlantic, “In 2011, the wealthiest Americans — those with earnings in the top 20 percent — contributed on average 1.3 percent of their income to charity. By comparison, Americans at the base of the income pyramid — those in the bottom 20 percent — donated 3.2 percent of their income.”

The article also reported that wealthy people who lived in more socioeconomically diverse surroundings were more generous than comparably wealthy people who were in more homogeneously affluent areas.

Email: mhartvigsen@desnews.com. Follow him on Twitter: @mkhartvigsen

Read more about giving to charity on The Atlantic.

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