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Okay America now who among you are the most generous while the answer may surprise you.
And 2011 people with earnings -- -- top 20% contributed about one point 3%.
Of their income to charity.
Meanwhile people with earnings in a -- -- 1% donated 3.2 percent of their income to charity.
Here to explain his Ken -- he is -- president and CEO of Charity Navigator.
You know a lot of people are saying well you know that's -- this is sort of not necessarily headline news because the conventional wisdom is that the -- the rich are greedy and selfish and they don't do enough they don't give enough is that there.
Well we've seen research that doesn't support that we've seen research that shows that the rich actually the top 20%.
-- about 3% of their income.
And that -- the second most generous group and that middle income people give about two and a half percent.
So -- so one thing that is factual no matter who's going to numbers at the lower the bottom 20%.
As a percentage of income they are the most charitable they they they find a way to help out.
Yeah mankind if you will.
No matter what they're -- of the working poor that this this -- that you know what why why did disparity why -- one.
You know survey say one number and MB so far awful for instance the number you just get.
Well I think it may be you know statistics can be used to prove any thing and it depends on the researchers and their slant but.
You know the -- that that we've looked that comes from Harvard and I don't think that they necessarily -- bastion for advocating.
The position that.
The wealthier are necessarily going to give the most.
The idea that this that this -- can be used this you know as any way you want to turn to sort of buttress that argument what -- what do you think.
Then the people who say the brits aren't giving as much as you're saying what what's the point.
What are -- trying to do they tried to embarrassed and rich people or they're trying to force for its people to get to certain charities what's going on here I think.
I think it's the latter I think there's an argument being made that the rich only gives two places that we'll get their names that'll -- for arts and other things.
And that there's more worthy giving that they should be provide an example.
Well that they should be giving money to.
Shelters for the homeless as opposed to a museum or -- hospital.
For the metropolitan.
You know so I think there's many.
There's some legitimacy today you know -- like the met never seem to run out of money and as always lavishing get the word about the downs and things like that you know.
You know that's really -- gowns and tuxedos to the local shelter.
Well I think that there's a couple challenges there one is when we start to -- this is worthy and that's not worthy.
We really can go down a very slippery slope and who decides what's more worthy than something else that's one worry.
There's very important value in cultural institutions those hospitals are critically important those educational institutions that.
Wealthy people support -- critically important so who was to be the judge of that.
On the other hand it certainly is true that if let's say if conservatives want to reduce government funding.
Then I think the onus is to make sure that those safety net.
Services that now may get 90% or more from government funding that if that did happen that at that point it would makes.
-- would that be something like two meals on wheels or something like that a program like that that sort of help the needy.
Individuals can contribute to have -- them -- overarching all overwhelming majority of their money still comes from government.
Yeah I think that's a little known fact that in our country today many human service charities direct service charities and 90% of their money or more can come from government funding.
I have taken -- -- -- -- make these points because I think you know the brits are extraordinarily generous like almost all Americans are.
And is this shouldn't be about you know putting someone down for giving a certain amount of money the fact is we are most generous country in the world but I thought.
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