Sunday, April 08, 2007

The Charity Gap

Sheryl Sandberg, a vice president of Google and board member of Google's philanthropic arm, wrote an April 4 Wall Street Journal titled The Charity Gap. The article discussed research commissioned by Google.org but carried out by the Center on Philanthropy at the University of Indiana. According to the article, of the $250 billion donated by individuals in the United States in 2005, only $78 billion "explicity targeted those in need." And only 8% of donations went to provide basic necessities, such as food or shelter. Americans overwhelmingly support domestic or local issues over international issues.

The full text of the article can be accessed at the link below:

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