Struggling middle class give less to charity, but donations by wealthy Americans surge

The divide between the rich and not-so-rich in America can be seen most glaringly in the amount of money they give (and have stopped giving) to charitable causes.

Some food for thought this #GivingTuesday, which falls on Nov. 27, after both Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The average American household is giving far less to charity than it did a decade ago, but this hides two vastly different patterns of charitable giving. Over the past 10 years, charitable giving deductions from lower-income donors have declined significantly, at almost the same rate that charitable giving from higher income donors increased.

In the early 2000s, households earning $200,000 or more made up only 30% of all charitable deductions.

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