Mississippi [red] retains its title as the most giving state for the eighth consecutive year, according to the 2004 Generosity Index created by Catalogue for Philanthropy.
Following right behind are Arkansas [red], Oklahoma [red], Louisiana [red], Alabama [red], and Tennessee [red].
New England residents continue to earn more and give back less, according to the annual index of charitable giving.
Connecticut [blue] ranks first when it comes to making money, but joins New Hampshire [blue], Massachusetts [blue], and Rhode Island [blue] in falling to the very bottom of the 2004 Index.
New England’s stinginess is nothing new. New Hampshire [blue] has been labeled the least generous state for six out of the last eight years, with only Massachusetts [blue] stealing the title in 1998 and 1999.
While the Nutmeg State has the nation’s highest average adjusted gross income at $64,724, its residents donate $175 less to charity than the national average. That ranks Connecticut [blue] 44th, a slip of seven places from last year.
The latest index reflects a country coping with an economic slump – the national average gross income in 2002 dropped nearly 2.4 percent to $45,953. Despite the drop, the average individual donation fell less than 1 percent.
Exceptions to the trend can be found in Connecticut [blue], Massachusetts [blue], and Vermont [blue], where the decline in giving exceeded the decline in income.
Southern and Midwestern states, again, top off the generosity index. The region’s high generosity level has been attributed to the practice of tithing – giving a tenth of one’s earnings to the church.
Mississippi [red] consistently earns its place as No. 1 on the list by generating the greatest disparity between income and charitable contributions. It is ranked as the poorest state in the nation, but comes in fifth on the index for its “giving” rank.
The average itemized filer in Mississippi [red] reported $4,484 in donations in 2002. That beats the national average by $1,029.
“Generosity is really what you give as a function of what you have,” said spokesman Martin Cohn.
Apparently, those in the Blue states feel they “gave at the office.” Those in Red states, however, give more than they can afford.
Good Christians have always helped the poor, even when gov’t programs were not around. Atheists and secularists, however, seem to believe the gov’t is the one responsible for the care of their fellow man.
LONG LIVE THE RED STATES!