WELFARE: Sweeter Charity

After a two-year survey of U.S. charity, the Russell Sage Foundation reported that:

If The nation, as a whole, gives three times as many dollars to charity as it did in 1929; the very poor and the very rich are the most generous of all.

¶ The average family of four with an income of $5,004 last year gave $98.69, or about 2% of its income for charity. The same family spent $111 for tobacco, $218 for liquor, and paid $376 in taxes.

¶ Religious agencies received about 50% of the $4 billion donated to charities in 1949, followed by health...

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