In 2017, Americans gave over $400 billion to U.S. charities. And this was not large corporations giving for the sake of tax breaks. Corporate philanthropy only comprises around 5 percent of all charitable giving in the U.S. Over 90 percent of high-net-worth households give to charity, the average rich household giving 10 times what the average U.S. household gives. More than 60 million Americans volunteer around $200 billion worth of their time. In money and time, Americans voluntarily give away well over a half-trillion dollars annually, more than the federal government spends on all welfare programs combined.
Open your eyes and see the good
ANTONY DAVIES AND JAMES HARRIGAN
I almost dated a girl named Charity in high school, but that’s not what I’m thinking about.
My wife and I often discuss charitable giving. She is one of the most charitable people I know. We have been greatly blessed, and she desires to share what God has blessed us with. I’m the skeptic, “Is that money being used wisely? Is it really making a difference? Is the Gospel being preached through that ministry?”
John Stossel has a good piece at Reason, “Support Real Charity.”
So where should we give? Charity-rating services try to separate good charities from scams, but they get conned, too. The definition of “charitable work” is rarely clear. How should the board of a nonprofit’s first-class hotel expenses during a trip to Africa be classified?