The Nation: The Season of Giving

President Nixon's disclosure of his personal finances (see page 10) revealed that he has only a faint impulse to contribute to charities. Millions of Americans with incomes far smaller than Nixon's give far more. In 1972, for example, Nixon donated-excluding the worth of his vice-presidential papers—a total of $295 to charities. On an income of $268,777, this amounted to little more than 1/1000th of his earnings. His donations never exceeded $7,512 in any of his years as President; his contributions for the four years averaged only $3,370 a year, or about 0.3% of his total income. That is well below not...

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