Two of my siblings contacted me tonight to tell me to watch a 20/20 special on philanthropy. I didn't get a chance to watch, but most of the information is available on their web site, both in video and in text. Below are several articles related to the special:
- Fortunate Sons
- Doing Good, and Feeling Better
- Leading By Example
- Who Gives and Who Doesn't?
- Are Americans Cheap? Or Charitable?
My favorite quote came from Leading By Example, which stated that "charity is more efficient than government...because when we are spending our own money, we stop spending when a project doesn't work."
I was surprised by a quote in "Who Gives..." which said "Workers at the meat packing plant...make on average around $35,000, yet the Sioux Falls United Way says it gets more contributions of over $500 from employees here than anywhere else." To me, $500 is a large donation, and it's impressive to me that a number of people making $35,000 are donating such large amounts to help other people. It's anecdotal, sure, but it also makes me reconsider generosity.