Apparently, based on tax files;
Americans gave 1.60 percent of their aggregate personal income to charity, more than double the 0.73 percent that Canadians donated to charity.
This tweaked my interest. Canada has a bigger public sector than the US and my assumption is that where government does more, taxpayers give less to private charity.
So how would NZ compare on this basis?
It is estimated that NZ individuals, as reported on tax returns, give $356 million annually (c 2004).
In 2004 there were approximately 1.494 million households with an average income of $63,384.
So New Zealanders give an average of 0.38 percent of their aggregate income.
On this basis (tax receipts kept) in 2004 our household gave approximately 0.5 to charity but with economic uncertainty I have cut back to around 0.43 percent.
I am now feeling rather stingy.
(Notwithstanding there are lots of ways people express generosity beyond giving cash.)
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