The Poor Give More than Most?



I’d like to see the methodology used and how charitable giving was measured, but on the face of it, this information seems to be commonsensical.

If you are low-income, chances are that the people that you know are also living through touch economic times. If a neighbor is in need of help, you do as much as you can. You can relate to where the person in need is coming from and you see that need on a daily basis.

When I worked with homeless individuals, I was often surprised by the small acts of philanthropy they practiced  daily. They tended to be generous almost to a fault, as they regularly shared food and blankets with each other, along with other items that are less healthy, but provide comfort. They ‘took care of their own.’

It seems that kind of behavior is unexceptional among those in need.


3 responses to “The Poor Give More than Most?

  1. Yes, I would interested in the methodology as well. The first question that comes to my mind do those numbers include time spent volunteering. I read something a while ago that concluded that the wealthy are more likely to donate cash and the poor are more likely to donate time.

  2. Mere anecdotal evidence, but a good friend runs a fairly large dog rescue group here in Richmond. He mentioned to me months ago that their corporate and large donors (he defined large donors as those contributing $1000/year) were way down for 2009. However, his smaller donors were actually giving more – many of those who gave maybe $50 in 2008 were digging a little deeper in 2009.

    • GB, that makes a lot of sense. I’m finding that the smaller donors to my shelter are giving a little more than they did last year as well while the corporate donors are scaling back.

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