On Conservatism

Fostering the Habit of Giving

By Naomi Schaefer Riley and James Piereson ● City Journal ● 10/13/2017


A new Chronicle of Philanthropy report says that America is “breaking the charity habit.” The share of American households donating to nonprofits has declined from about 30 percent in the years 2000 to 2006 to just 24 percent in 2015. These numbers are taken from IRS data and include only those filers who itemized their charitable deductions, but Chronicle editors suggest that a worrying trend has emerged: less philanthropic spending among Americans.

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