News and analysis
August 19, 2012

A Giving Desert Blossoms

John C. Phillips, for The Chronicle

Jan Allen, a retired Mesa, Ariz., resident, gives 8 percent of her income to charity annually.

Jan Allen considers herself an average donor in her upper-middle-income neighborhood of Mesa, Ariz., the community in the Phoenix metropolitan area where donors give the highest share of their discretionary income to charity.

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