Another little known fact:
The United States ranks last
among the world's 28 top foreign aid donor countries and its foreign assistance
have dropped dramatically over the past dozen or so years, according to the
United Nations Human Development Report.Furthermore, the priority of US “foreign aid” is arms and military assistance to foreign countries.
When you look at countries' foreign aid relative to the size of their economies, the
The generosity of the
American people themselves, however, is far more impressive than that of the
Americans privately give anywhere
from 2 – 3 times what the
American NGOs gave $6.6 billion in grants, goods and volunteers.
Religious overseas ministries contributed $3.4 billion, including health care, literacy training, relief and development.
International giving by US foundations was $1.5 billion
Charitable giving by US businesses is $2.8 billion annually
It is certainly noteworthy what NGOS and religious overseas ministries, that is generally smaller non profit organizations, are doing in the field of international relief and development. Certainly an argument could be made that these are the organizations that deserve our support, and via whom we'll get the best bang for our buck.
[Source of above statistics: Dr. Carol Adelman, Aid and Comfort, Tech Central Station; Hudson Institute; Budget perceptions: Program on International Policy Attitudes “Americans on Foreign Aid and World Hunger: A Study of U.S. Public Attitudes,”]