Charitable giving in America

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  • America’s commitment to philanthropy is unique among nations.

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  • Charitable giving in America reached its peak in the early 2000s, but declined sharply during the recession.

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  • Americans have an unparalleled history of giving generously to others, but is that tradition in jeopardy?

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America’s commitment to philanthropy is unique among nations—it is a tangible example of American exceptionalism. Total charitable giving in America reached its peak in the early 2000s, but declined sharply during the Great Recession and has yet to fully recover. AEI President Arthur Brooks takes a deeper look at Americans' generosity and shows how recipients of charitable donations will be impacted by changes in tax rates and proposed caps on charitable deductions.

 

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Arthur C.
Brooks
  • Arthur C. Brooks is president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). He is also the Beth and Ravenel Curry Scholar in Free Enterprise at AEI.

    Immediately before joining AEI, Brooks was the Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government at Syracuse University, where he taught economics and social entrepreneurship.

    Brooks is the author of 10 books and hundreds of articles on topics including the role of government, fairness, economic opportunity, happiness, and the morality of free enterprise. His latest book, “The Road to Freedom: How to Win the Fight for Free Enterprise” (2012) was a New York Times bestseller. Among his earlier books are “Gross National Happiness” (2008), “Social Entrepreneurship” (2008), and “Who Really Cares” (2006). Before pursuing his work in public policy, Brooks spent 12 years as a classical musician in the United States and Spain.

    Brooks is a frequent guest on national television and radio talk shows and has been published widely in publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

    Brooks has a Ph.D. and an M.Phil. in policy analysis from RAND Graduate School. He also holds an M.A. in economics from Florida Atlantic University and a B.A. in economics from Thomas Edison State College.


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