in US, accounting for 76.5% of the total.
giving, which grew by 22.5% in 2005, accounted for about
5.3%of overall gifts.
A report released today by the Giving
USA foundation estimates that in 2005 Americans gave $260.28
billion, a rise of 6.1%, just under the inflation-adjusted high of
$260.53 billion in 2000.
About half of the overall increase of
$15 billion went directly to aid victims of the disasters - the
tsunami in Asia, earthquake in Pakistan and hurricanes Rita, Katrina
Since 1965, total contributions have
been between 1.7% and 2.3% of gross domestic product. For 2005, it
was estimated to be 2.1% of GDP.