Americans Dig Deeper for Charity

Donations were up $15 billion in 2005, with almost half earmarked for disaster relief in the U.S. and overseas, and the trend is holding for 2006

American contribution to philanthropies increased by 6.1% in 2005, according to the 2006 Giving USA report, released June 19. Nearly half of the additional funds were earmarked for relief for a host of natural disasters, most notably Gulf Coast hurricanes, as well as tsunami devastation in Southeast Asia and an earthquake in Pakistan.

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