Do Wealthy People Give Less to Charity?

Healthy Mind

Wealthy people give more dollars to char­ity because they have more to give. But studies show that middle-class and poorer people give away higher proportions of their money.

In fact, the National Center for Charita­ble Statistics finds that households earn­ing less than $50,000 donate 4 percent of their adjusted gross income, while those earning $200,000 to $250,000 give away about half that—2.4 percent. Only the super rich—those with adjusted gross incomes of more than $10 million a year—give more to charity (5.9%) than the lower middle-class, according to data from the IRS.

In a smaller study at the University of California, Berkeley, researchers brought rich and poor mem­bers of the community into their lab. They gave each person the equivalent of $10, and told them they could either keep the money or share it with a stranger. The people who earned less than $25,000 a year gave 44 percent more to the stranger than those who earned $150,000 to $200,000 a year.

Behind the Scrooge effect

Psychologist Dacher Keltner, Ph.D., direc­tor of the UC Berkeley Social Interaction Lab, offers this hypothesis: When you have less money, you must rely on other people. If your car breaks down, friends give you a ride, and you do the same for them. So you form strong social connections out of mutual need.

Upper middle-class and wealthy fami­lies can buy that type of support. If your car breaks down, you rent one until your car is fixed. “Wealthy kids don’t die at the same rate as poor kids. They live in safer neighborhoods. But they lose exposure to suffering,” Keltner says. “They don’t learn to be compassionate to people in need.”


Follow Us


Hi! I'm Natalie and welcome to my blog.

I've been working as a weight loss specialist for over 15 years, and in that time, I've learned one thing: a healthy weight loss is the only plan that is sustainable long term. I am a big advocate of the Ketogenic diet and fasting. Both working together have great health benefits, and help with weight loss.

I have compiled in this blog articles that can help change your body completely and get to the other side of the tunnel, easily and fast.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you find something to help you along the way.



Do Mental Exercises Burn Calories?

Do Mental Exercises Burn Calories?

Our brain is a capacious, highly-sophisticated organ, that controls our every move, sensation, and bodily function. It's a marvel really, to think of how many neurons are ceaselessly at work to get us through the day. The brain is like a puppeteer; it manipulates our...

read more
Self-Talk Your Way to Success

Self-Talk Your Way to Success

Every so often (actually quite often), we come across studies that don’t deliver lifesaving news but nevertheless provide insights that may motivate people to change some behaviors or thought patterns in positive ways. Here’s one: Telling yourself you can do better...

read more
Exercise: Medicine for the Mind

Exercise: Medicine for the Mind

Much research has shown that exercise and staying physically active in general can improve mood and help counter depression. A study in Mayo Clinic Proceedings in August 2016 provided some interesting evidence for this by examining what happens when active people are...

read more

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This