Geography and Giving: The Culture of Philanthropy in New England and the Nation

Geography and Giving: The Culture of Philanthropy in New England and the Nation

According to a new study by the Center on Wealth and Philanthropy at Boston College, high-income Massachusetts residents donate more than twice the average amount given by comparable households nationwide, while middle- and low-income residents, burdened by the high cost of living in the state, contribute less than people elsewhere in the country. Funded by the Boston Foundation, the report, Geography and Giving: The Culture of Philanthropy in New England and the Nation (76 pages, PDF), also found that Massachusetts residents are more likely to give to secular causes, while African Americans give a larger percentage of their incomes to charity than any other racial group.