American Mega-Giving: A Comparison to Global Disaster Relief

By Gary A. Tobin, Aryeh K. Weinberg, Alex C. Karp

Institute for Jewish and Community Research, 2005

The authors assert that mega-gifts (defined as $1 million or more) have a powerful impact on American and global society. Using tsunami relief donations as an example, they argue that Americans give more quickly and more generously than those in other countries, where aid is typically pledged by the government using tax funds. Additionally, Americans continuously give to a variety of causes at high levels, not just in times of crisis. The authors dispel a claim that Americans are less philanthropic than citizens of other nations. They also question whether American philanthropy goes where it is most needed.

Topic: Philanthropy and Fundraising, Development, Allocations, Fundraising and Philanthropy, Global Responsibility

Preview: Download

It appears you do not have a PDF plugin installed for this browser. To be able to preview the PDF, please install a PDF reader such as Adobe Reader.

Genre: Brief

Coverage: United States

Language: English

Copyright Information: Download for personal use, freely distribute link

Bibliographic Information:
Tobin, Gary A. Weinberg, Aryeh K. Karp, Alex C. American Mega-Giving: A Comparison to Global Disaster Relief. Institute for Jewish and Community Research. 2005:


» View Publication
(PDF, 168 Kb)

Bookmark and Share