2:59 PM, Apr 12, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
"The Bidens contributed $7,190 to charity in 2012," the White House revealed today. A look at the Bidens joint filing reveals that $2,000 of that donation was in the form of "donated property" given to Goodwill in Wilmington, Delaware.
Here's the relevant form, from the Bidens' tax return:
As the form states, on June 25 of last year, the Bidens gave "Clothing, Boots, Kitchenware, Glassware" totaling $400 to Goodwill. Earlier, on May 16, the Bidens gave "Furniture and Exercise Equipment" valued at $1,100 to the Ministry of Caring. And on May 27 of last year, the Bidens gave "Bicycles, Toys, Glasses, Pottery, Kitchenware" valued at $500 to the same Goodwill.
As for the other donations, the Bidens gave cash contributions totaling $5,190, including $20 to the Northern Virginia Community College Educational Foundation and $50 to the Ministry of Caring:
In 2012, the Bidens gave 1.87 percent of their $385,072 income to charity.
1:53 PM, Apr 12, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
This year, Joe and Jill Biden increased their charitable donations from 1.5 percent of their income to 1.87 percent.
2:49 PM, Apr 4, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
John Kerry, who is worth an estimated $198.65 million, will donate $9,175 because of the so-called sequestration.
"A day after Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said they'd return 5 percent of their paycheck to the Treasury, Secretary of State John Kerry followed in somewhat similar fashion," the Huffington Post reports.
A modest proposal.Mar 11, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 25 • By CHARLES WOLF JR.
Nonprofit organizations (NPO), often referred to as the “independent sector,” are an essential part of America’s vibrant, pluralistic civil society. Their activities span a wide range of public and private purposes—philanthropic, cultural, religious, professional, educational, scientific. The public as well as private interests that NPOs represent add vitality as well as fractiousness to American society.
Properly understood Jan 14, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 17 • By GERTRUDE HIMMELFARB
Defeat, like death, concentrates the mind wonderfully. It also liberates the mind. People venture to think the unthinkable, or at least, the impermissible. A new generation of conservatives may be moved to reconsider some ideas that have fallen into disuse or even disrepute. Compassion is one such idea.
The good works done by Christians after the 2008 earthquake have led Beijing to ease up on private philanthropy Dec 3, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 12 • By JILLIAN KAY MELCHIOR
The day after Long Cai Bin was baptized, an earthquake destroyed his hometown. But it might have opened his country to his faith.
Nov 12, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 09 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
The Scrapbook notes, with some amusement, that George Lucas, creator of the Star Wars franchise, sold his lucrative Lucasfilm enterprise last week to the Disney Company, which announced in turn that it intends to revive and extend the Star Wars saga. We leave it to the experts to judge whether this cinematic/economic event is a cultural landmark, or a sign that the Disney empire (like Lucasfilm) has finally run out of fresh ideas.
8:34 AM, Sep 24, 2012 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
The release of Mitt Romney’s 2011 tax returns shows that he freely gave away more than $4 million to charity last year (about 30 percent of his income). In comparison, when Joe Biden was first running for vice president, his tax returns showed that he had given away just $3,690 to charity over the previous ten years (about 0.2 percent of his income). In other words, Romney gave away a thousand times as much to charity in one year as Biden gave in a decade.
6:03 PM, Feb 27, 2012 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
A few months ago, when President Obama proposed to restrict the deductibility of charitable contributions made by relatively well-off Americans, I asked why Obama is so opposed to having money go directly to the needy, rather than having it first be filtered through the government.