Who is giving?
Those with less, give more.
The major metropolitan centers of the Triangle are home to a mix of wealthy, middle-class and lower-income populations. But in the rural outlying areas of the Triangle, the majority of residents fall into the lower-income bracket. Surprisingly, it is these individuals who give a larger percentage of their annual earnings.
While individuals together give more than foundations, the Triangle receives a large amount of grant dollars, including a big portion from out of state. This can be attributed to our numerous prestigious medical research hospitals and universities.
As for religious giving, adherents to mainstream denominations in North Carolina give more across the board to their congregations than the nation’s average, except in the income bracket of $100,000 and above.
These numbers should inspire those of us who have more to give more.
The Triangle is the fourth out of 15 in grant dollars received, but ranks first for out-of-state grant money.
The affluent give more in actual dollars, but less based on percentage of income.