26 December 2005
Here are two guys with a commitment of sorts to charity:
We, James Hong and Josh Blumenstock, hereby make a personal promise to you that we will give 10% of whatever we make over $100,000 each year to charity.
We're making this commitment because we think it will help make the world a better place, and we're encouraging people to make the same promise to themselves and to their friends.
A laudable idea, though Erica asks:
Yay for grassroots effort and all, but if you make $100k can't you already afford to give a good 10% out of that?
Jacqueline seems to think so, and at the moment she makes quite a bit below $100k:
Christians give 10% of their income to their church, and they seem to be doing pretty well in the world domination department. Which got me thinking, what if we ALL gave 10% of our incomes to support our favorite causes or charity? What would the world look like then?
Well, not all Christians do that, and I don't think it's required, but it certainly strikes me as praiseworthy.
The Tax History Project has copies of recent Presidential tax returns; on impulse, I took a peek at the 2004 numbers. George W. and Laura W. Bush reported an adjusted gross income of $784,219, and deducted charitable contributions of $77,785, which is 9.92 percent. Close enough to 10 percent, I'd say. (Closer than I got, I admit.)Posted at 8:14 AM to Almost Yogurt
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What a sad, sad world we live in when giving 10% of your income OVER $100,000 is considered generous. You're a good person. You want to make the world a better place by contributing to charities and non-profits, but you simply don't kn......[read more]