A new analysis of US Bureau of Labor Statistics data reveals that the poorest Americans make the most charitable contributions as a percentage of their income. Because we’re talking percentage, the total dollar amount still doesn’t compare to what wealthy individuals as a whole give to charity. But it does speak to how low-income Americans care a lot about each other and their community. This is more evidence of the transformative potential of regular people that inspired us to create The Springfield Institute. With a few additional elements (analytic capacity, policy engagement, new media, etc.), we have the potential to create real systemic change. (For more, see “About” section.)
One next step might be to break down this BLS data regionally. Can’t wait for our interns to arrive on June 8th!