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Wealthy Giving Less to Charity; Poor Giving More

recent report by the Chronicle of Philantrophy studied charitable giving in America, and the results were perhaps surprising. The study found that, as the country struggled out of a recession, wealthier Americans are giving away a smaller percentage of their income, while poorer Americans are giving more. According to Forbes, Americans who earned at least $200,000 gave nearly 5% less to charity in 2012 than in 2006. In contrast, Americans who earned less than $25,000 increased their charitable giving by almost 17%.

The trend was similar in Central Ohio. The Columbus Dispatch reported that donors in the Columbus area gave about 2.6 percent of their income to charity in 2012, a 6.5 percent decline since 2006. This places Columbus 39th among America’s 50 largest metropolitan areas in giving, behind both Cleveland and Cincinnati. Area residents making less than $25,000 gave away 7.19% of their income; those making over $200,000 gave away only 2.43%.

Charitable giving should be carefully considered for both short- and long-term tax and estate planning purposes. Contact our attorneys for assistance.

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