2 in 3 American households say they give to charity, at an average of $1,262 a year. But only 1 in 3 households report charitable deductions to the IRS.
In 2002, Americans deducted $654 million for cars they donated to charity — 7 times what the cars were actually worth.
On average, Americans think that 24 percent of the federal budget goes toward foreign aid. Only 0.9 percent actually does.
Four years after Bush founded the Millennium Challenge Corporation to reward Africa’s best-run countries and pledged to fund it by $5 billion a year, the MCC has disbursed only 1 percent of that amount.
Asked about doubling African aid, Bush said, “It doesn’t fit our budgetary process.”
Asked how they would change President Bush’s budget, Republicans would reduce foreign aid by an average of $2.6 billion. Democrats would increase it by $7.7 billion.
Because aid agencies are forced to buy from U.S. companies at inflated prices, historically America has effectively taken back 70 percent of the aid it donated.
Last fall, the U.N. requested aid for Niger and got almost no response. At that time, $1 per day per person would have solved Niger’s food crisis. Now $80 is needed.
The average American family throws away 14 percent of its food. 1 in 9 families are never sure they’ll have enough to eat.
A typical American child receives 70 new toys a year, most of them at Christmas.
American’s spend $8 billion on Christmas decorations, almost 4 times what they give to protect animals and the environment.
52 percent of individual giving goes to religious institutions. Schools get seven percent.
Focus on the Family’s $2.2 million in tsunami aid included 1 million copies of Dr. Dobson’s When God Doesn’t Make Sense.
Gift bags for Academy Award presenters contained $100,000 worth of freebies.
Carnival Cruise Lines charged the U.S. government at least twice as much per week to house Katrina victims than it charges passengers for a weeklong Caribbean cruise.
FEMA’S Web site listed Operation Blessing, Pat Robertson’s faith-based organization, second on its list of charities that would speed relief to Katrina victims.
Last year, Operation Blessing gave half its donations — $885,000 — to the Christian Broadcasting Network, of which Robertson is chairman.