When scholars of philanthropy plot Americans’ incomes against their charitable contributions, many discover a U lurking in their data (see the solid line on the graph below). The arms of the U show that low- and high-income Americans give a greater percentage of their incomes to charity, and the trough of the U shows that middle-income Americans donate a lower percentage. “When people see this U-shaped giving profile, they say that low-income and high-income people are generous, but...

Want more? Sorry, the full text of this article is only available to subscribers. Subscribe now.

Already a subscriber? Please log in by entering your email address and password into the red login box at the top-right corner of this page.

Need to register for your premium online access, which is included with your paid subscription? Register here.

Tracker Pixel for Entry