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Mississippi leads the nation in charitable giving (Good Red/Blue State Comparison-See Comment #1
Sun Herald ^ | 11/10/04 | LAURA WALSH (AP)

Posted on 11/10/2004 3:31:03 PM PST by pookie18

HARTFORD, Conn. - New England states making more, giving less

Mississippi 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, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Alabama and Tennessee.

New England residents continue to earn more and give back less, according to the annual index of charitable giving.

Connecticut ranks first when it comes to making money, but joins New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island in falling to the very bottom of the 2004 Index.

The survey is based on the average adjusted income of residents and the value of itemized charitable donations reported on 2002 federal tax returns, the latest year available.

New England's stinginess is nothing new. New Hampshire has been labeled the least generous state for six out of the last eight years, with only Massachusetts 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 44th, a slip of seven places from last year.

Carol Schofield, of the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, said she's disappointed to see where Connecticut ranks, but defends the state's charity work. Factors, such as the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001 and a slow economy may influence how much people are willing to donate, she said.

The index does not take into account non-itemized giving or volunteering, Schofield added.

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, Massachusetts and Vermont, 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 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 reported $4,484 in donations in 2002. That beats the national average by $1,029.

Although critics accuse the generosity index of shaming states into giving more, officials at The Catalogue for Philanthropy say the survey is a way of comparison. The Boston, Mass.-based nonprofit group created the index eight years ago.

"Generosity is really what you give as a function of what you have," said spokesman Martin Cohn.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Mississippi
KEYWORDS: bluestates; bushcountry; mediawingofthednc; napalminthemorning; partyofthehindparts; philanthropy; rathergate; redstates; topten
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1 posted on 11/10/2004 3:31:04 PM PST by pookie18
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To: pookie18
Hippies talk, but we walk the walk.


2 posted on 11/10/2004 3:34:58 PM PST by JoJo Gunn (More than two lawyers in any Country constitutes a terrorist organization. )
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To: pookie18
I heard this on Rush today. He brought it up but said Massachusetts was dead last (so I thought).
3 posted on 11/10/2004 3:35:56 PM PST by trashcanbred (Anti-social and anti-socialist)
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To: trashcanbred

No surprise here. The libs are just out for themselves.All this "fighting for the working man " is just propaganda. But, at F.R. we already knew this.


4 posted on 11/10/2004 3:40:24 PM PST by 383rr (Those who choose security over liberty deserve neither-)
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To: pookie18

ping for great data


5 posted on 11/10/2004 3:40:58 PM PST by Gorjus
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To: pookie18

I would imagine that a lot of this has to do with giving and tithing at church. Church attendance is, I believe conderably higher in the south. Further, I don't know if Catholic churches, which are far more prevalent in the Northeast, stress giving and tithing like their more fundamentalist counterparts in the South. Anybody know?


6 posted on 11/10/2004 3:41:38 PM PST by TN4Liberty (American... conservative... southern.... It doesn't get any better than this.)
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To: trashcanbred
I think they're next to last. Let me activate the link in comment #1.

Here ya go

7 posted on 11/10/2004 3:44:39 PM PST by pookie18
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To: TN4Liberty

If you poke around on the site, you may find the answer.


8 posted on 11/10/2004 3:46:15 PM PST by pookie18
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To: pookie18; WKB; RebelDS; The Loan Arranger; L98Fiero; ducks1944; LoudRepublicangirl; smonk; ...
Mississippi retains its title as the most giving state for the eighth consecutive year ping!

"Mississippi 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 reported $4,484 in donations in 2002. That beats the national average by $1,029."

Now, all we need is some creative people. ;o)

9 posted on 11/10/2004 4:34:57 PM PST by dixiechick2000 (President Bush is a mensch in cowboy boots.)
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To: dixiechick2000


Our local news said it is our 8th year in a row!


10 posted on 11/10/2004 4:37:49 PM PST by onyx
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To: pookie18

That #1 post just NEVER works when you try to link; weird, isn't it?


11 posted on 11/10/2004 4:37:51 PM PST by Howlin (I love the smell of mandate in the morning.)
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To: TN4Liberty
Catholic churches have always had many , many "special" collections for missions, vocations, etc etc. plus the weekly money collected to keep the church fires burning..

but no, the "tithe" thing is not stressed....

although we had a visiting priest several weeks ago that hinted that those days may be over.....

12 posted on 11/10/2004 4:38:06 PM PST by cherry
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To: pookie18

The SoDaks are coming in at #7, not bad.


13 posted on 11/10/2004 4:39:20 PM PST by SoDak (Home of Senator John Thune)
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To: cherry

I do believe that not stressing tithing the way many non-denominational churches do was a very big mistake in the Church at large. People get used to something for nothing, and don't get that the local parishoners should be supporting their church. That's just MHO.


14 posted on 11/10/2004 4:39:43 PM PST by cyborg
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To: onyx

"Our local news said it is our 8th year in a row!"


That, it is...and I bet it will continue.


15 posted on 11/10/2004 4:39:47 PM PST by dixiechick2000 (President Bush is a mensch in cowboy boots.)
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To: dixiechick2000

I thought we were dependent on the blue states.


16 posted on 11/10/2004 4:40:33 PM PST by wardaddy (my noble timcat is in rabies jail doing a 10 day bit.....thanks to animal control facists.)
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To: wardaddy

We're dumb redneck hicks, too. ;o)


17 posted on 11/10/2004 4:41:24 PM PST by dixiechick2000 (President Bush is a mensch in cowboy boots.)
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To: wardaddy

Speaking of dependant, do you remember
who bailed out New York?


18 posted on 11/10/2004 4:42:28 PM PST by dixiechick2000 (President Bush is a mensch in cowboy boots.)
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To: dixiechick2000

and Chrysler...a Yankee company.


19 posted on 11/10/2004 4:44:05 PM PST by wardaddy (my noble timcat is in rabies jail doing a 10 day bit.....thanks to animal control facists.)
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To: wardaddy

Good memory! I forgot about that one.


20 posted on 11/10/2004 4:44:58 PM PST by dixiechick2000 (President Bush is a mensch in cowboy boots.)
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To: Howlin

I guess I'll have to remember to use HTML next time (whenever that'll be...as I rarely add a comment #1 & even more rarely put a link there)


21 posted on 11/10/2004 4:46:28 PM PST by pookie18
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To: dixiechick2000


I have not met a nasty person here yet.
Well, maybe one, but she's from a blue state
and it shows. LOL!


22 posted on 11/10/2004 4:46:43 PM PST by onyx
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To: onyx

Blue staters DO tend to stick out. ;o)


I hate to run, but need to.
I saw this in between reps.
I'm in the middle of my workout.
Today is upper body.


23 posted on 11/10/2004 4:48:36 PM PST by dixiechick2000 (President Bush is a mensch in cowboy boots.)
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To: pookie18

24 posted on 11/10/2004 4:52:46 PM PST by Anti-MSM (Conservatives wish 9-11 never happened. Liberals pretend it didn't happen.)
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To: pookie18

bump to rub in hippies' faces tomorrow


25 posted on 11/10/2004 4:53:29 PM PST by Huck (Any man, gay or straight, can marry a woman. That's equal treatment under the law.)
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To: Anti-MSM

Thanks for doing the chart...that was actually my main point in starting the thread & yet I never made the point. I was tired of seeing those IQ charts (if they're true) with a lot of blue states on top...


26 posted on 11/10/2004 5:00:05 PM PST by pookie18
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To: dixiechick2000
Now, all we need is some creative people.

LOL...but I'll forego creativity for charitable generosity since it tends to go hand in hand with conservative issues! I noticed that Oklahoma is #3. Not surprising. We're still mostly southerners at heart out here!

27 posted on 11/10/2004 5:00:30 PM PST by Magnolia (Pennies a day help keep Liberals at bay.....become a monthly donor!)
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To: pookie18

As much as I'd like to take the credit, I actually borrowed it from Michelle Malkin's site.


28 posted on 11/10/2004 5:02:45 PM PST by Anti-MSM (Conservatives wish 9-11 never happened. Liberals pretend it didn't happen.)
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To: Anti-MSM

Thanks anyway...I'm going to send it around as well as include it in my "Today's Toons" thread tom'w.


29 posted on 11/10/2004 5:05:46 PM PST by pookie18
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To: TN4Liberty

Yeah, I'm sure tithing weighs in, but it's far from the whole picture. What you'll see in looking is what we already knew: Conservatives have far bigger hearts for helping others. Liberals don't want to give of themselves. They want the government to forcibly take from people and give to those liberals wouldn't dare even go around. Put it off on someone else. It's all about assauging their guilty consciences. Come to think of it, a LOT of liberalism is rooted in that. So many of them live perverted, amoral lives and they want society to sanction what they do so they can feel good about themselves.

MM


30 posted on 11/10/2004 5:27:51 PM PST by MississippiMan (Americans should not be sacrificed on the altar of political correctness.)
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To: pookie18

Libs only want to give to the less fortunate if they can give with someone elses money.


31 posted on 11/10/2004 5:53:13 PM PST by McGavin999 (George Soros just learned a very expensive lesson-America can't be bought.)
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To: McGavin999

Yes, that would be the taxpayer's $$$


32 posted on 11/10/2004 5:57:33 PM PST by pookie18
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To: dixiechick2000

I know you're kidding, but I'll say it anyhow - all the truly creative people are on the Right. (As a grade schooler learning to make images, for example, there are those around here that never cease to amaze me).

What seems to drive so much of the Left's "art" is mental illness. Even a flailing babboon could throw a crucifix in urine.


33 posted on 11/10/2004 6:19:15 PM PST by JoJo Gunn (More than two lawyers in any Country constitutes a terrorist organization. )
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To: Magnolia; JoJo Gunn
In the creativity department, we have to MAKE
DO with Elvis, Eudora Welty, Charley Pride,
Jimmy Rodgers, Sela Ward, Oprah, LeAnn Rimes,
Brett Farve, Jerry Rice, Archie Manning,
Walter Payton, Tennessee Williams, B. B. King,
Faith Hill, Jimmy Buffet, Bo Diddley and, even,
Lance Bass, among many others. Lest anyone think
that a football player isn't creative, I'll just
say that Archie Manning was poetry in motion.


"I'll forego creativity for charitable generosity"


We can do both. ;o)


"What seems to drive so much of the Left's "art" is mental illness. Even a flailing babboon could throw a crucifix in urine."


LOL! The baboon might do a better job of it. ;o)
34 posted on 11/10/2004 6:49:03 PM PST by dixiechick2000 (President Bush is a mensch in cowboy boots.)
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To: dixiechick2000

You are exactly right. We have more than our share of creative geniuses. I formally stand chastened...lol!


35 posted on 11/10/2004 6:56:15 PM PST by Magnolia (Pennies a day help keep Liberals at bay.....become a monthly donor!)
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To: dixiechick2000

You forgot Jerry Clower. I met him years ago when he came to speak at a band fund raiser. Does his name have an S at the end?


36 posted on 11/10/2004 7:09:28 PM PST by MamaB (mom to an angel)
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To: Owl_Eagle; Mudboy Slim; Peach; 4ConservativeJustices; HenryLeeII

Thought you all might be interested...


37 posted on 11/10/2004 7:12:10 PM PST by HenryLeeII ("How do you ask a goose to be the last goose to die for a shameless political stunt?" -Tony in Ohio)
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To: HenryLeeII

Years ago a student told me that when he participated in a fund drive that seemingly "poorer" people were much more generous than those obviously "rich." So it's no surprise that MS, LA, and AR trump MA and NH in charitable giving. But MA and NH will still lecture the South on "compassion."


38 posted on 11/10/2004 7:16:07 PM PST by Theodore R.
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To: HenryLeeII

And today there was an article that Connecticut, the state with the highest wages in the country, gives less to charity. The other New England states were right behind CT.


39 posted on 11/10/2004 7:20:37 PM PST by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed)
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To: Magnolia

There are so many that I left out.
This was off the top of my head. ;o)


40 posted on 11/10/2004 7:31:16 PM PST by dixiechick2000 (President Bush is a mensch in cowboy boots.)
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To: MamaB; WKB

You have it right...Jerry Clower...and I can NOT
believe that I forgot him. He is one of the funniest
people that ever graced this earth. He's from WKBs
neck of the woods.

I forgot John Grisham, too, but he's a lib, anyway. ;o)


41 posted on 11/10/2004 7:31:48 PM PST by dixiechick2000 (President Bush is a mensch in cowboy boots.)
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To: pookie18

Yankees knew those rednecks were up to something.


42 posted on 11/10/2004 7:34:38 PM PST by cynicom (<p)
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To: MamaB; WKB

"He is one of the funniest
people that ever graced this earth."


I should have said "was".
He died in '98, I believe.


43 posted on 11/10/2004 7:43:28 PM PST by dixiechick2000 (President Bush is a mensch in cowboy boots.)
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To: dixiechick2000

He wrote a cook book that had the best tasting pecan pie, I ever had. Jan had mine and I have no idea where it is. I am going to have to go through all of her "stuff" one of these days. Just have not felt like doing that yet.


44 posted on 11/10/2004 7:51:48 PM PST by MamaB (mom to an angel)
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To: MamaB; WKB

I hope you can find it.
If not, maybe WKB can help.
If you DO find it, maybe you can pass
it along.
I LOVE pecan pie. ;o)


45 posted on 11/10/2004 8:07:23 PM PST by dixiechick2000 (President Bush is a mensch in cowboy boots.)
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To: Theodore R.; wardaddy; dixiechick2000; onyx; WKB

I don't know whether this is linked to charity or not but you can definitely make a sociological case that Southerners are more profligate spenders than New Englanders.

For instance, Southerners declare bankruptcy at much higher rates than New Englanders, and I believe the rate of savings as a percentage of individual income is also higher in New England than in the South.


46 posted on 11/11/2004 9:42:51 AM PST by bourbon
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To: bourbon

I only filed BR evey 7 to 10 years, thank ya


47 posted on 11/11/2004 9:44:52 AM PST by WKB (3! ~ Psa. 12 8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men.")
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To: Howlin
That #1 post just NEVER works when you try to link; weird, isn't it?



ONE time I had to format the whole thing and got a link to work. Must have been a glitch in the system that day.
48 posted on 11/11/2004 9:47:03 AM PST by WKB (3! ~ Psa. 12 8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men.")
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To: dixiechick2000

Now, all we need is some creative people. ;o)




Over hear waving hand !!!


49 posted on 11/11/2004 9:47:51 AM PST by WKB (3! ~ Psa. 12 8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men.")
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To: bourbon


Well bourbon, I don't want to have anything in common
with New Englanders, including language. Idea = idear.
Dumb clucks.


50 posted on 11/11/2004 9:48:20 AM PST by onyx
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