Giving, Standards of Living Inversely Related, Study Finds | News | PND

Giving, Standards of Living Inversely Related, Study Finds | News | PND.

Residents of communities with a higher-than-average standard of living, little poverty, and low crime give a smaller portion of their income to charity than those in less well-off communities, theChronicle of Philanthropy reports….

Nevertheless, the inverse relationship between socioeconomic opportunity and giving is “a compelling, counterintuitive finding” which pushes against assumptions that “places with higher scores would have higher rates of giving,” said Russell Krumnow, managing director ofOpportunity Nation, one of the nonprofits behind the Opportunity Index. People with lower incomes may be more willing to give, he added, because they identify more closely with the challenges faced by others in their communities. And that’s a shame, because we “really need everyone’s hands in this work…the work of expanding opportunity is everyone’s.”

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