The Most Generous Nation in the World

For some reason, Americans have a reputation for being greedy. Perhaps it’s because so many people have been conditioned to associate capitalism with greed. The truth is, the United States is the most generous nation in the world. This chart shows the top ten countries ranked by private charitable contributions.

Arthur C. Brooks, Director of the NonProfit Studies Program at Syracuse University, conducted a study on charitable giving a couple of years ago, and published the following findings.

70 percent of Americans give to charity each year, and do so at far higher levels than people in other developed nations: three times as much as the British, four times as much as the French, and seven times as much as the Germans…

Why are Americans so much more generous than our European counterparts, many of whom look down on us as being mercenary and crass? (more)

6 Responses to “The Most Generous Nation in the World”

  1. 1 DJ
    4 March 2008 at 03:53

    Part of being an American is being charitable (to those that deserve it anyway.) If charitable donations were not “tax write offs” I believe you would see even more charity from Americans, if 35% of our property wasn’t stolen each year, I believe you would see even MORE charitable donations by Americans…thats just how we roll. FYI, look at the difference in giving between Blue States and Red States (The Red states (Americans) give a lot more the the Blue States (Socialists))…book it.

  2. 2 Kyle Huwer
    4 March 2008 at 04:05

    Where is the Red vs Blue state comparison? I don’t see it.

  3. 3 DJ
    5 March 2008 at 03:22

    Here is an example: http://michellemalkin.com/2004/11/10/most-charitable-states-red-or-blue/, also, this link: http://www.blackfive.net/main/2005/05/red_state_blue_.html has another chart, about halfway down the page, the article itself I found to be a very interesting piece on Red State/Blue State voting, slightly off topic but somewhat related.

  4. 4 Cody
    31 March 2008 at 15:47

    Have you seen the the percentages in relation to the rest of the world in terms of GDP/GNP?

  5. 31 March 2008 at 17:13

    Sure… If you read the article at the bottom you would have seen a comparison chart.

  6. 31 March 2008 at 21:50

    Charity Across the World
    So these are my thoughts.
    (1) Charity is charity. If you have money in your pocket and give it away, that is charity. It is charity because you have a choice to give or not give.
    (2) If you pay taxes and that goes to someone who needs money, then that is you paying taxes because it is mandated by your government. If the government gives it away, then that is not you being charitable, that is just you paying taxes.
    (3) Being as Europe is largely secular, do they not have a lot of donations to religious institutions. This is versus America, who has a lot of donations that are funneled through religious institutions.
    (4) The report is through the UN. Can the UN track the donations that are given outside of the government donations? An example of this would be me donating $50 to the Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004.
    (5) Americans donate to charities such as The American Red Cross. The report (Charity Across the World) only seems to take into account what the nations government gives instead of all monies given out of the people’s pocket.
    (6) Above report says that it does not take into account how Europe’s governments “distributed [aid] internally from rich countries to themselves.” Again, this is kind of oxymoronic because people in Europe pay the government and then the government provides services. How is paying the government taxes and them giving it back to you charity? This is not charity, this is wealth-distribution. Or, people paying for their own services but the government just manages it.
    (7) While the European countries governments may be sending more money to countries, this may be very untrue of how much money is sent charitably as a whole.

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