Nothing really surprising in this study, including the fact that most of us aren’t all that generous. The richest Americans gave 3.4 percent of their income in 2008, a good bit more than the rest of us, although not that much considering their wealth. And where do those donations go?
In 2005, households with an adjusted gross income below $100,000 annually allotted 67 percent of their charitable giving to religious organizations, whereas households earning at least $1 million annually gave just 17 percent of their donations to religious organizations. The biggest recipients of this highest income group’s donations were instead educational and health organizations.