1/02/2012 11:30 AM ET |
Filed under: Charity
Compared to 2010, more rich people stepped up to the plate in 2011 to give more money to charity.
The twelve BIGGEST gifts from wealthy Americans totaled more than $2.6 billion, while that figure was only $1.3 billion the year before.
Also, (a few) more people are making donations of more than $100 million with ten philanthropists doing so in 2011, while only six could spare the change in 2010.
Donations of $1 million or more in 2011 beat 2010 by nearly $2 billion! In the past year, nonprofits raked in $5.4 billion from million dollar gifts, but only $3.6 billion the previous year.
While most of the recipients of such large donations were educational institutions or museums instead of social efforts to improve the lives of those who have next to nothing, it's still wonderful to see that the super rich are willing to be super nice to organizations they feel deserve it.
Wanna see who gave what to who? Click here!
[Image via WENN.]
Tags: charity, donation, education, gift, health care, less fortunate, museum, nonprofit