Study: Wealth gap found in giving to charity

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – For many people here in western Massachusetts, charity begins by supporting favorite causes. 22News found out what motivates different people to be charitable.

A new report shows that middle-class donors support churches and social service projects, while wealthier donors give to museums, universities, and hospitals, but each donor will dig deep if you give them a good reason for giving.

Mark Dupont of the Springfield Roman Catholic Diocese told 22News, “If you put a cause before them they’ve give if it resonates. We’ve had issues with tsunamis, earthquakes in Haiti, situations like that where we have raised hundreds of thousands of on top of our annual appeal.”

According to the report, wealthier donors would support the Springfield Museums. 22News found out what motivates their giving.

“People aren’t just looking at the cultural impact but they’re looking at the economic impact because we have a 28 million dollar impact on the city of Springfield,” said Holly Smith-Bove, President of Springfield Museums.

Right now the museums are in the midst of raising five million dollars to convert a former history museum on the Springfield Quadrangle into a Dr. Seuss Museum, a project they hope to open next summer.

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