“Americans are a stunningly generous people,” said Claire Gaudiani on the June 25 broadcast of ABC's World News with Charles Gibson.
Gaudiani, the author of The Greater Good, observed that “More Americans make a donation every year than vote, by a long shot; than watch the Super Bowl, and even than eat a fast food meal.”
Gaudiani was commenting on a report released by
Gibson closed the story on 2006's record charitable giving, “So bottom line: the amount of giving in
ABC's World News was the only evening network news broadcast to report the story.
According to an annual report by the Giving USA Foundation at
Gibson observed as much when he said that despite gas prices and food prices being up, giving is up as well. He also noted that the giving cited in the report reflected only financial giving, not volunteering. Gibson featured Georgetown University Professor of Philanthropy James Allen Smith, who noted that, “If we put a dollar value on volunteering by Americans, and we volunteer at extraordinary rates, the volunteer time is worth at least as much as the dollars that Americans give.”
Gibson gave credit to those who are really responsible for the charitable spirit of
The Culture and Media Institute's National Cultural Values Survey found that only 16 percent of people surveyed did not give to charity in the previous year. And only 4 percent felt no obligation to help the less fortunate or to give back to their communities.