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Poor, not wealthy, give most from their income

December 17, 2009

As this giving season of the year, it might be a surprise to realize that those who have the least give the most from their income to others who need help. A report released by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University showed that those who make less than $50,000 a year donate about 4 percent of their income to charity, compared to 2 percent by people earning more than $100,000.

And every amount helps, no matter the size, especially if the nonprofit itself is running on a shoestring, often depending on volunteers to keep its own operations running. So, look around you. Think about the causes you really care about and the organizations you know well. Even this late in the year, your gift can still make a difference.

Remember, it’s now how much you can give, but that you give at all.

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