Monday, July 11, 2005

Whose Your Benefactor

A recent study gave more ammunition to the Americano-centrist appologists like me.

PRIVATE American citizens donated almost 15 times more to the developing world than their European counterparts, research reveals this weekend ahead of the G8 summit. Private US donors also handed over far more aid than the federal government in Washington, revealing that America is much more generous to Africa and poor countries than is claimed by the Make Poverty History and Live 8 campaigns.

Church collections, philanthropists and company-giving amounted to $22bn a year, according to a study by the Hudson Institute think-tank, easily more than the $16.3bn in overseas development sent by the US government. American churches, synagogues and mosques alone gave $7.5bn in 2003 - a figure which exceeds the government totals for France ($7.2bn) and Britain ($6.3bn) - according to numbers from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development which deal a blow to those who claim moral superiority over the US on aid.

Yep. Those people who always claim that America is not generous with the people around the world never mention this stuff. Our government gives more than any government, then our private individuals give more than our government!

Carole Adelman, the author of the Hudson Institute report, has discovered that a further $6.2bn a year is donated by independent US organisations, $2.7bn by US companies and $2.3bn by US universities and colleges, mainly through scholarships, to reach an overall private US donations total of $22bn.

In stark contrast, in separate exploratory work for the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), Adelman found that the maximum EU figure was a mere $1.5bn in private sector donations, 14.6 times less than the comparable US figure.

Some will argue that our percentage of giving is still not as high as some European countries, to which I have one response: we also spend a ton subsidizing your military defense.

NOTE: Please check out the official charities of the Cheese below the blog link bar on the right.


At 8:54 PM, Blogger spd rdr said...

guns AND butter?

At 9:17 PM, Blogger KJ said...

Oh, sure. Probably a little too much of both, given our deficit. But the proper allocation always included some of both.

At 10:18 PM, Blogger Jehane said...

KJ, you sweet thing you :)

Thank you. It means a lot. Leaving now - for some reason I can't see right.


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