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How North Carolina gives…

How does North Carolina stack up to the rest of the country when it comes to charitable giving? A new report by The Chronicle of Philanthropy ranks the Tar Heel state 9th on the list of  50 states, claiming nearly $4.3-billion in contributions.

The Chronicle’s study examined giving data by ZIP code and by income level in every city and town in the United States, factoring in exact dollar amounts released by the Internal Revenue Service.

Based on that data, they found North Carolinians earning between $50,000 – $99,000 gave 7.2% their discretionary income to charitable causes. Those earning between 100,000 – $199,000 gave 5.2% to charity.

Looking at county-level data, Mecklenburg and Wake Counties were among the most generous, ranking in the top 50 of U.S. counties for total contributions.

Other interesting findings from the national study include:

  • The rich aren’t the most generous. Middle-class Amer­i­cans give a far bigger share of their discretionary income to charities than the rich. Households that earn $50,000 to $75,000 give an average of 7.6 percent of their discretionary income to charity, compared with an average of 4.2 percent for people who make $100,000 or more.
  • The 1 percent really are different. Rich people who live in neighborhoods with many other wealthy people give a smaller share of their incomes to charity than rich people who live in more economically diverse communities.
  • Red states are more generous than blue states. The eight states where residents gave the highest share of income to charity went for John McCain in 2008. The seven-lowest ranking states supported Barack Obama.
  • Tax incentives matter. State policies that promote giving can make a significant difference. At least 13 states now offer special tax benefits to charity donors

(Graphic:  The Chronicle of Philanthropy, “How America Gives“)

To learn more about how The Chronicle conducted the study, click here.

3 Comments


  1. Frank Burns

    August 20, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Interesting article and it speaks well of the citizenry of NC to be so generous with charitable contributions. It should also be stated that conservatives are more generous with charitable contributrions than are liberals. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/03/conservatives_more_liberal_giv.html

    I note Obama gave in the range of 0.4% from 2000 to 2004. “The Obamas’ giving totaled 5.8 percent of income in 2007, when he made $4.1 million, and 6.5 percent of the $2.6 million he earned in 2008.” The Bidens only gave 1.5% to charity in 2011. Romney gave 19.2% to charity in 2011. http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2012/08/17/romney-charitable-giving-outpaced-obamas/

    Liberals must think that the government should be responsible for all charitable giving so they don’t have to give anything.

  2. david esmay

    August 20, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Only a blind conservative would lay claim to charitable high ground and repudiate it at the same time Frank. First of all what constituted the charitable giving George Over The Hill Will was citing? Conservatives are more likely to go to church and give to that particular church, their gifts to charity are also disproportionately monetary. Just because you write a check so you can deduct it from your taxes doesn’t mean you have a more charitable heart.
    I chaired the Scouting for Food program here in High Point for many years and the poorest neighborhoods always gave more than the wealthy conservative ones, always. When I volunteer for Habitat for Humanity I don’t run across a lot of conservatives giving their time. If you want to define charitable giving as a tax deduction then maybe conservatives give more, if only for the fact it benefits them.

  3. david esmay

    August 20, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    I note Romney gave 10% of his income to a cult.

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