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. 

Aidan August 22, 2012 at 12:14 AM
As a region, New England ranked at the bottom. The most generous? Those southern states everyone is so quick to ridicule. And the most generous state? Utah. Geez, those damn Mormons.
Frank N Beens August 22, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Does not surprise me. Have lived in CT for 15 years now and this part of the state is one of the most rude, entitled areas of the country.
Four Jacks August 22, 2012 at 01:16 AM
We're only generous with pensions in NC!
Kendall L Owott August 22, 2012 at 01:31 AM
4 J's, fyi: "A former Assistant Recreation Superintendent for the city of Stamford was recently cited with first-degree larceny for allegedly manipulating the city's payroll system in order to inflate the salary of a seasonal worker by $7,000." Not the same, but similar. Why no police investigation?
Four Jacks August 22, 2012 at 01:36 AM
JW is a thief and the town council is an accessory to the crime. We also needed a new Treasurer.
Kendall L Owott August 22, 2012 at 02:17 AM
4 J's, that brings up an interesting question. If there was no legal justification for the payment -- same in Stamford and New Canaan cases, it looks like -- isn't Gary Conrad an accessory and perhaps both he and JW were involved in a conspiracy? The law says larceny from a public entity is more serious, too. The NC Town lawyer opined on Town Council's actions but not on the legality of the Conrad/Walker actions, I think. What say you?
Four Jacks August 22, 2012 at 02:33 AM
KO - I always agree with ALL of your comments. Look at the New Canaan Daily Voice for an update on the payments. JW knew what he was doing, something really needs to be done to punish him (and GC) for this criminal act. And no one who voted yes for this should be re-elected, they are trash.
Married2HedgefundManager69 August 22, 2012 at 05:15 AM
Altruism is immoral
Stan August 22, 2012 at 09:59 PM
"Red" states are far more generous than "Blue" states, despite Liberals claiming to care about others more than Conservatives. The statistics speak for themselves.
Glen K Dunbar August 23, 2012 at 12:15 AM
CT does have some situations where they are cheap skates. Others though that are nice. I must give them that. I will say their rules on helping the elderly and mentally deranged are for the birds. Glen


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