Rhode Island ranks poorly for charitable giving. Looking back, we have lagged the national average of household giving for decades; since 2001, Rhode Island has ranked 45th or lower.
Charitable giving in Rhode Island
Several factors – including income, tax burden, and cost of living – are related to the aggregate level of giving, but they are insufficient by themselves to fully account for Rhode Island’s ranking. In fact, our poor ranking is the result of the aggregate of several factors, including religious affiliation, the recession and job losses, higher education degree attainment, home ownership, professional occupation attainment, and levels of health. On all of these factors, Rhode Island lags the New England averages; together, they account for potentially $60 million in lost charitable giving.
Increase philanthropy in Rhode Island.