Monday, June 25, 2007

Americans set record for charity in 2006

"Americans gave nearly $300 billion to charitable causes last year, setting a new record and besting the 2005 total that had been boosted by a surge in aid to victims of hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma and the Asian tsunami.

Donors contributed an estimated $295.02 billion in 2006, a 1 percent increase when adjusted for inflation, up from $283.05 billion in 2005."

AP News | The Columbia Daily Tribune

People often feel charity stems from government, and if we cut its programs, charities will go unfunded. This story shows that people give to charities in huge numbers. The bonus is, they give to the ones they want, not the ones they are forced to, and whose purpose they invariably disagree with.

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