Posted by: Bill | December 29, 2008

Americans and Charitable Giving

This sounds about right. Using income alone, U.S. citizens give more than other countries, but about 1/3 of this goes to hourses of worship (where we can reasonably guess that there is more overhead than other philanthropic organizations, but some portion will reach those less fortunate). This opinion piece does a nice job of exploring possible reasons for why several wealthy nations fall where they do in the rankings.

I agree with the very general conclusion that our citizens are relatively generous, but not more so than our peers in other countries.

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