Statistics show Americans are the Most Giving

Today while surfing the internet I came across an interesting article. Apparently, it has been reported that Americans are the most charitable nation, giving roughly $300 Billion last year. The biggest benefactors of our contributions are religious organizations and education (which includes gifts to colleges). The figures do not include disaster relief donations.

According to statistics, Americans give twice as much as the next most charitable country (which is Britain). For those of you who enjoy statistical jargon, here is how it pans out:

“In Philanthropic giving as a percentage of gross domestic product, the U.S. ranked first at 1.7 percent. No. 2 Britain gave .73 percent, while France, with a .14 percent rate, trailed such countries as South Africa, Singapore, Turkey, and Germany.” (CNN)

Interestingly, donations from companies dropped despite the rise in personal charitable actions.

I think that these figures say something regarding our cultural priorities and societal values. For all the “bad” the world sees in America, they should, at the very least, concede that ‘giving’ is a habit beneficial to adopt. Of course, there will be the cynics who will attempt to undermine this achievement – but the truth is that this country is more altruistic (perhaps less self-centered) than most believe.

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One Response

  1. It’s not that simple. In Europe we have larger states, and we vote for politicians that organize foreign aid (among other things)
    Take a look at these stats:
    http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/eco_com_to_for_aid-economy-commitment-to-foreign-aid

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