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Foundations back new effort to ignite Americans’ generosity

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By ALEX DANIELS of The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Chronicle of Philanthropy

The Generosity Commission, funded by more than $2 million in grants from the nation’s biggest foundations, will campaign to drive greater giving of time and money, especially from middle- and low-income Americans. Noting that financial donations dropped to an all-time low — just 50% of people give — and anger at billionaires and income inequality is growing, organizers of the effort said it is crucial to “reignite generosity — and engage every American in the process.” Organizers worried that with growing division in the United States, one of the key indicators of connectedness crucial to a functioning democracy — support of nonprofit efforts — faced an “uncertain” future.

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