Gifts to charities rose in the U.S. to a record $295.02 Billion in 2006. "While headlines focus on 'mega-gifts,' they represented 1.3 percent of the total, "said George C. Ruotolo Jr., CFRE, chair of Giving Institute: Leading Consultants to Non-Profits, parent organization of the Foundation. "About 65 percent of households with incomes lower than $100,000 give to charity. That is higher than the percentage who vote or read a Sunday newspaper." "Giving by individuals is always the largest single source of donations, according to the report. It rose by 4.4 percent. (1.2 percent adjusted for inflation) to an estimated $222.89 billion and accounts for 75.6 percent of all estimated giving in 2006." I thought it was interesting that individuals, not corporations, constitute the largest source for donations at 75.6% of the total giving (which includes Warren Buffet's down payment pledge of $1.9 billion to be given over the next 20 years) , and that of those individuals, 65% of the households are middle class or under with regard to annual income.