According to an extensive study conducted by the Chronicle of Philanthropy, from 2006-2012, poor and middle class Americans increased their donations to charity while their incomes went down. The rich, meanwhile, did just the opposite: decreasing their charitable giving as their incomes went up.

The research also shows that the states whose citizens gave the highest percentage of their annual incomes to charity were all red states: Utah (6.6%), Mississippi (5.0%), Alabama (4.8%), Tennessee (4.5%) and Georgia (4.2%).


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On The Five today, Katie Pavlich noted that this study qualifies those who make more than $200,000 per year as wealthy, a group that includes many, many small business owners.

“The way that they offer charity isn’t through donating money, it’s through creating jobs,” she said, adding that increased government regulation leads to even less profit for business owners to donate to charitable causes.

Greg Gutfeld suggested this could be tied to a move away from religion.

“What happens when religion declines?” he asked. “Who or what replaces religion in terms of tying a community together and encouraging charity. Somebody’s gotta figure that out, because it doesn’t look good.”

Watch the clip above.


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