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October 05, 2014

The Income-Inequality Divide Hits Generosity

Lower- and middle-class Americans give bigger share of income to charity than the richest in recession’s wake

Jennifer Brown, for The Chronicle

John Franklin of the United Way of Northern New Jersey has tried to draw attention to the working poor. His organization has been hurt by a big drop in giving by wealthy donors and the loss of companies to other states.

This article was updated on January 13, 2015. See our editor’s note.

The growing income gap between the rich and the poor in America is reshaping generosity across the nation.

The wealthiest Americans are giving a smaller share of their income to...

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