Questions remain about the best avenues for philanthropic giving
November 28, 2012
Philanthropic giving and a belief that charitable contributions can help those in need is an important American characteristic, according to The New York Times
. This is why United States citizens contribute more to charities than individuals in any other country, but pay a smaller share of their incomes in taxes than those in other wealthy economies.
In one display of this value, donor and volunteer for CARE Heinke Clark recently wrote an article for The Huffington Post
explaining that when she was a child in post-World War II Germany, her family received a care package containing food and clothing they were in dire need of. At the time, Clark did not understand why citizens of another country would send a care package to them. She ultimately moved to the United States and sought out the organization that helped those in other countries, eventually becoming a donor and volunteer as well.
However, there is an ongoing debate in the United States regarding the best methods for providing support to important causes, with many democrats preferring to disperse funds through taxes to a bigger government, while republicans favor giving to charities, the Times adds. Some believe that when individuals give to their preferred causes directly, they can ensure those needs are addressed, whereas others feel the government can take a more objective approach when it comes to delegating the initiatives that require the most support.
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