On the Internet, Charity Begins With Animal Causes

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Individual Americans are a philanthropic force, contributing $217 billion to a variety of causes in 2011, or nearly three out of every four charitable dollars donated. The generosity and volunteerism is even more mainstream in this era of Facebook fundraising drives, Kickstarter campaigns, and hashtagged do-gooder charity events.

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