By David Harsanyi
Denver Post Staff Columnist
Article Last Updated: 12/21/2006 02:21:02 AM MST
Anyone can be compassionate with other people's money.
So for the purposes of this column, 'giving' to charity will not mean voting for a ballot initiative that forces others to pay for free universal preschool. It will mean digging into your very own pockets.
And in general, Americans are exceptionally generous. Nearly 75 percent of families donate to charity at some point during the year, and they do so at an average of $1,800 per family.
In total, Americans gave around $260 billion to charity in 2004. That was $15 billion more than they had given in 2003. Two billion was raised for the Asian tsunami relief alone."