Sunday, January 01, 2006

Americans Love Giving to Charity

There's a big write up in the Dallas Morning News today about the charitable giving habits of Americans. In 2002, the last year of complete figures, Americans gave $249 billion to charity. That's one quarter of a trillion dollars! Atlanta came in at the top, with it's people giving 3.6% of after tax income, or an average of $1,606 per tax return. Dallas was 2.8%,Philly 2.6%, Boston 2.2%.

I think this probably understates giving, because the source is the Federal Tax Return. Many people, including your humble reporter, pull out the old wallet and give $10 here or $20 there that aren't reported.

My best one this year was putting a $20 bill, wrapped in paper on the windshield of a car with New Orleans I.D. I waited around the corner until the driver came out and found it. The woman just dissolved in tears! I went running up, in cognito, and asked her what was wrong, and she told me what she had found. I told her that the angels must be looking after her. What a great country!


At 12:42 AM, Blogger MonicaR said...

It's the American way, CH.

We have little but we give what we can. Most of it is anonymously given and not kept track of. We have been at the receiving end in the past and it means a lot to give back when we can.

What a sweet thing for you to do, CH!


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