60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll: Charity

Which is more valuable to you, your time or your money? Would you feel better giving away a fortune or receiving one?

Americans are known around the world as givers. It started on a large scale after World War II with the Marshall Plan in Europe and the rebuilding of Japan. Billions of dollars, an unprecedented sum at the time, went to help rebuild other countries including our defeated enemies even when our own needs at home were great. When a disaster happens Americans are usually quick to respond with humanitarian aid.

It is estimated that American foreign aid and charitable giving by individual Americans and their charitable institutions is now well over $100 billion a year. The theme of this month's poll is charitable giving. Jesus watched as the wealthy gave generously at the temple, but was more moved by the poor widow who gave two small coins. He said, "She has given far more than the others because she has given everything that she has." Which is more valuable to you, your time or your money? Would you feel better giving away a fortune or receiving one? We look forward to hearing your answers and opinions. And now the results of this month's poll...

Fifty-seven percent of Americans said it would feel better to give away a fortune and 39 percent said they would feel better receiving a fortune. The majority agrees with the famous teaching, "it is more blessed to give than to receive." On the other hand, wouldn't it be nice to hear from your long lost Aunt Edna's lawyer one day?

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