[ad_1] NEW YORK, Sept. 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Average giving to charities by affluent Americans increased by 48% last year compared to 2019 ($43,195 vs. $29,269), according to the 2021 Bank of America Study of Philanthropy: Charitable Giving by Affluent Households, released today. Amid pandemic challenges, nearly 90% of affluent households gave to charities in 2020,
[ad_1] Photo: Mao/AP/Shutterstock/Mao/AP/Shutterstock The numbers we use to measure economic health are funny things. We treat them like windows onto objective reality, but they are actually very human artifacts. Encoded within them are hidden moral and political assumptions about how the world is supposed to work — assumptions that should always be ripe for challenge.