CT Ranked One of the Least Generous States

Residents of Connecticut donate much less than more religious states, according to a study. Still, Connecticut ranked in the middle for total size of all donations.


The good news is that Connecticut is the most generous state in New England when it comes to donating to charity. The bad news is that the state ranks 45th in the nation when it comes to percentage of a salary donated. 

A study by the Chronicle of Philanthropy analyzed income levels and Internal Revenue Service records to determine what percentage of salaries each state gives to charity.

Utah topped the list with 10.6 percent of each salary donated, followed by the District of Columbia at 7.7 percent and Mississippi at 7.2 percent.

In terms of total donations, Connecticut ranked 22 with $2.3 billion given.

According to the authors of the study, Connecticut ranks first among New England states in giving as a percentage of discretionary income, but the state’s 3.3-percent rate is well below the national average.”

New Hampshire donated the least with 2.5 percent. Maine and Vermont fared slightly higher at 2.8 percent.

Peter Panepento, assistant managing editor at the Chronicle of Philanthropy, told NPR that religious donations are the most prevalent.

"States like Utah and Alabama and Mississippi all end up very high on our list," he said. "And states where [there's] more of a secular mindset, particularly in New England and all along the coast, tended to show up lower on the list."

Connecticut residents can at least take solace in their health. The state was recently ranked one of the least obese in the country. 

Concerned Parent August 21, 2012 at 04:44 PM
I wonder what is worse, being overweight and generous or underweight and cheap.
JP August 21, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Maybe we're all not giving as much to charity these days because we are a lot more in taxes to our new governor.
QWERTY August 21, 2012 at 08:29 PM
I'm paying $10K a year in state taxes to have a budget that's still not balanced and paying for a home that's worth less than what I bought it for...donating is not on the top of my list.
Alexander B. C. August 21, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Donate IF you want to give. If it's mandatory then it's coersive theft, like CT taxes.
Renee Casey August 21, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Most important statistic is the fact that CT residents OVERALL donate to charity. It's not about how MUCH of our salary we give, it's the very principle that we give in the first place. We are over taxed as it is! It also means that our less wealthy residents are giving too which is great. As the bible says, bless those who are able to give as well as those who have nothing to give and still do....
RONALD M GOLDWYN August 22, 2012 at 01:07 AM
In my retirement, I am not as generous as I was when working. My income is MUCH less, but now I donate more in labor to many more NPOs. This factor does not appear in the above article. CT is a wealthy state and many don't fall into the salaried category. In $$$ given this small state falls in the upper half.
michelle morin November 03, 2012 at 10:40 PM
maybe i am a little late to this discussion but I know a lot of people who don't have money to donate but would give you the shirt off their back if you needed it. But to those who did the study, that didn't matter. To give money and tell the problem to go away is easy, to get your hands dirty and giving your blood sweat and tears requires a hell of a lot more.


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