Conservative and Liberal Charitable Giving

It’s the end of the year and you hear more pleas from non-profits for donations. They’re in competition with Christmas gift buying, so it’s tough for them. We’re also in a down economy, so that makes it really tough for them. Donations to charity are down. I recently blogged about giving to charity, but here’s some more information and news about donations to non-profits.

  • Conservatives More Liberal Givers
    Although liberal families’ incomes average 6 percent higher than those of conservative families, conservative-headed households give, on average, 30 percent more to charity than the average liberal-headed household ($1,600 per year vs. $1,227).
  • Do Liberals Hate Charity?
  • …the difference can be explained in one word, and it’s not "compassion." It’s "religion." A recent survey from Google similarly found that self-identified conservatives gave more to charity than did self-identified liberals. But they also found that "if donations to all religious organizations are excluded, liberals give slightly more to charity than conservatives do."
  • Bleeding Heart Tightwads
    Liberals show tremendous compassion in pushing for generous government spending to help the neediest people at home and abroad. Yet when it comes to individual contributions to charitable causes, liberals are cheapskates.
  • ‘Tis the Season for Conservatives
    Contrary to the liberal "bleeding heart" label, Mr. Brooks also claims conservatives volunteer more time and donate more blood.

So it seems there are two main camps here:

  1. Liberals who spend other people’s money for their causes (environmental, feeding the hungry, etc.). They make sure it’s a big hoop-la and make sure it’s well covered by the press. It’s all about appearance and what other people think of them.
  2. Conservatives who give their own, personal money and make their donations more privately. If they give to churches, that’s great and shouldn’t be counted against them. Churches have social programs (they feed the hungry, too) and are a place for spiritual growth.

Interesting. Liberals talk about being compassionate, but where’s the proof? I’m not saying all Liberals don’t donate to charity – not at all. There are Liberals that give to good charities. But with all the talk, where’s the walk? With all the noise they make about it, you’d think they’d way outnumber what Conservatives give. It turns out that they not leading, but lacking in donations to charity.

And then there are all these Government bailouts, too. That again is just Liberals giving away other people’s money. So this charity statistic seems to follow right along with the bailouts, too. They just look good doing it when all along, the American people know the truth and hate the bailouts.

Here’s a thought… what gets me is that Jesus told us not to give money to charities that feed the poor, but that we should feed the poor. There’s something about doing it yourself rather than paying someone else to do it. When you take your own time to feed the poor or help people, you get something out of it, too, which helps you. I’m a follower of Jesus, so I take what Jesus said seriously but even if you’re reading this and don’t follow Jesus, you have to agree that this point just makes sense. When you do the work, you also get something out of it.

I don’t think that giving to a political candidate is considered charity. If it was, then maybe the Liberals donating to Obama would have beaten the donations by Conservatives. Wait, that’s not fair… we Conservatives didn’t have a Conservative Presidential candidate this time. You can bet next time, we will.

Many charities now take online donations, so it’s not too late. Most even take donations up until 11:59pm on New Years Eve because for your donation to count this year, you need a dated receipt. There’s no doubt they’re hurting this year. I have cut back a little this year on extra donating that do. I’ve kept donating to the charities that I’ve made commitments to though. I do think it’s important to give to charities right from when you start working and not once you get enough money. If that’s the attitude, then it’ll probably never happen, right?

When you’re on your death bed, what’s going to matter more? If you have the most toys or that you helped others? :-)

-T