America's 20 biggest givers

See how much money some of the nation's wealthiest people donated to charities in a single year.

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Dec 6, 2013 9:50PM
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The only person in the list that gave more than my Dad of their income is Chuck Feeney, and that not by much.  Many, many small citizens give much. . .and not for the recognition or tax deduction.  You will never see Dad or the countless quiet others as Man of the Year on the Time magazine cover, but they are the goodness and gentleness that make life worth living for so many in this Country.
Dec 9, 2013 9:39AM
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Giving of all these people is highly appreciated. Thay have really made a difference in the world. This need to be continued and increased.

 

However, when we look them as one of the biggest givers, let us not forget the other ones. There are some givers who have remained half hungry to feed others; There are so many poor and middle-class folks who have difficulties in making their ends meet but still had gone out of the ways to extend help to others. Let us remember these 'bigger' givers too at this time.

Dec 7, 2013 2:15AM
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The # 1 should be the American tax payers ---because the government pisses our money away to countries that hate us ---- wake up and start taking care of your own people President O'blunder

 

 

Dec 8, 2013 7:53AM
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One thing is for sure, the people that give nothing, or nearly so, Joe Biden comes to mind, will complain the most about these folks. The Waltons, Gates, Koch's will contribute Billions to society and pay huge taxes, Romney as well, and the guy living off SNAP, HUD, Welfare, you name it, believes those rich people are scum and do not contribute to the country so that the welfare recipient can live better.

To those Gimmecrats I say, give up your drugs, life of crime, baby mommas and go to work. The folks on this list are wealthy enough to carry your sorry butt, however the vast majority of us working folk are not. We would prefer to spend our paycheck paying off our mortgage, putting our kids through school, and paying for our own health insurance rather than find a way to fund your next fix or cell phone.

Dec 9, 2013 12:02PM
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I don't see anybody on this list that gave a bigger percentage of their income than I did.  Where is my name?

 

Just like it is not about profit but profit margin, it is not about charity dollars but charity as a percentage of income.

Dec 7, 2013 12:56AM
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wouldn't the Walton family be helping more people if it just gave its employee's a better wage and benifits

Dec 9, 2013 1:30PM
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I'd like to see Pelosi actually give something of her money to the poor instead of things like the San Fransisco Arts Center.   This scumbag should donate her house to be torn down and the land could be used as a park for the poor.  All these democrats that want to give away tons of government money need to step up and donate something of their own money for once!
Dec 9, 2013 2:56PM
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I am quite sure there are more people who gave more "by percentage" away. To me, that's the number that counts.
Dec 9, 2013 3:27PM
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Can I ask a question? why is there no African American like jay z or any other of these rich African American people on this list? these people will be the first to bash the white wealthy people but will keep all their money in their pockets.
Dec 7, 2013 2:05AM
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Most of these people make in a day what 20 people make in a year, this is mostly due to them sending jobs overseas for cheap labor.  Just imagine how much more they could help by taking a pay cut and creating jobs here at home in the USA for Americans instead of stuffing their pockets and trying to convince themselves that they are doing good by giving money to charity so they can get it all back in their tax write-offs.
Dec 9, 2013 2:34PM
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Who gives more.... the person who earns 30k a year that drops in $500 and a hundred or so ours of time.... or the person with 80 billion dollars who sets up a 250 million dollar charitable 'trust' that can hand out high salaries and expense accounts to all the friends and family for eternity... plus create a triple write off...?? 
Dec 6, 2013 9:26PM
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Only one has actually given anything away.  ALL of them MADE money by creating those tax write offs EXCEPT Chuck Feeney. He actually gave more than he will get back in tax breaks. All the rest merely invested in charities for profit.
Dec 9, 2013 2:56PM
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I can't tell you exactly who they are, but these twenty should be closer to the bottom than the top of the list.  You aren't truly being "generous" unless there is "personal sacrifice" involved.  Giving from your "need" is much more rewarding then giving from your surplus.  Taxpayers was mentioned.  That money is essentially taken/demanded from us and given grudgingly.  The greatest "givers" are those men and women serving our country with no guarantees of fulfillment of promises made to them.  And, the list goes on from there.  When disasters occur during a depression/recession and people who have little or nothing and they open their pockets and their hearts to give/share with those who have even less.  Truth be told, you may observe the generosity of others, but the true "givers" are most often nameless!!!
Dec 9, 2013 9:45AM
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Not sure, but I didn't see any pro-Union people here!
Dec 7, 2013 1:35AM
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Seems to me most of these people are just a bit tight with their charity.  To think that these are the 20 most charitable.   Makes you wonder about the rest of the tightwads.   Actually, you will learn that the biggest percentage of income donated to charity are by the people who can least afford it.    Where is Oprah Winfrey on this list?  What about old Rush tightwad Limbaugh?   
Dec 7, 2013 2:35PM
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When a U.S. citizen receives a tax  reduction for giving money to charity, all other U.S. citizens have to make up for the taxes that that person did not pay.  And that's OK, if the donation were made to a charity INSIDE THE UNITED STATES.

 

It's also OK for a U.S. citizen to give to charity in a foreign country.  People have a right to spend their money as they see fit.  However, when that person receives a tax reduction for such giving, I don't believe that all of us should be required to make up for the unpaid taxes.  This is particularly true when we have so much need INSIDE THE UNITED STATES. 

Dec 9, 2013 2:43PM
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When you have billions, it's easy to give a billion

When you have millions, it's easy to give a million

When you have thousands, it's not that easy to give a thousand but many do ...

Percentage wise there are many middle class people that give more than the above referenced people ..

LET'S COMPARE APPLES TO APPLES ...Not rich people to poor people ....

Dec 8, 2013 9:51AM
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#3 George Soros

Total giving 2012: $763 million (3.8% of wealth)

Total lifetime giving: $10 billion

In 2012, Soros gave $285 million to governance and accountability programs and nearly $250 million to human rights initiatives. Among his gifts: $13 million to the Campaign for Black Male Achievement.


THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN ?  WHAT DID HE GET IN RETURN ?
Dec 9, 2013 3:41PM
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I noticed the fat lady in the circus did not make the list. Oprah
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