May 25, 2011; Source: Sacramento Business Journal | A study commissioned by the Sacramento Community Foundation called Project Generosity indicates that giving in that region is well below the national average. In Sacramento about 62 percent of households give. In contrast, the national average is 66 percent – a difference that in Sacramento amounts to 42,000 households. On top of that, the households in Sacramento that give do so at an average rate of $1,990 as opposed to the national average of $2,335. Most disturbing is the fact that households with incomes of more than $200,000 give the least. Those involved with the study say they think that the study will be a useful tool in building the region’s giving over the next three to five years. —Ruth McCambridge
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Ruth is Editor in Chief of the Nonprofit Quarterly. Her background includes forty-five years of experience in nonprofits, primarily in organizations that mix grassroots community work with policy change. Beginning in the mid-1980s, Ruth spent a decade at the Boston Foundation, developing and implementing capacity building programs and advocating for grantmaking attention to constituent involvement.