BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - According to an extensive analysis of Internal Revenue Service data conducted by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, the wealthiest Americans are giving a smaller share of their income to charity, while poor and middle-income people are donating more.
The analysis is based on tax returns filed by Americans who itemize their deductions, including their charitable gifts.
The report shows as the recession lifted, poor and middle class Americans dug deeper into their wallets to give to charity, even though they were earning less. At the same time, wealthy Americans earned more, but what they gave to charity declined.
Even though the poor and middle class Americans were giving more, charities are still looking to high-income donors for support.
Residents of Utah are by far the most generous. For every $1,000 they earned, they donated $65.50 to charity. New Hampshire remains the least generous. For every $1,000 they earned, residents gave $17.40, according to the study.
The Chronicle also reports that Americans who earned $200,000 or more reduced the share of income they gave to charity by 4.6 percent from 2006 to 2012.
Those earning less than $100,000 donated 4.5 percent more of their income, says the report, which also ranks charitable giving by residents in each state.
Louisiana ranks 15th for charitable giving, with residents giving away an estimated 3.29 percent of their adjusted gross income. The study also says Bienville Parish was the most generous Parish.
Mississippi ranked second, with residents giving away an estimated 4.99 percent, with Noxubee County being the most generous.
Arkansas ranks ninth with residents giving 3.91 percent and Dallas County being the most generous in that state.
Texas ranks 12th with residents giving 3.42 percent and Lipscomb County being the most generous.