Givers without borders

Charity | Churches and individuals lead in giving to poor countries
by Rusty Leonard
Posted 6/20/09, 12:00 am

America's defenders often say that no country in the world is more generous toward developing countries than the United States. And that's true: In 2007, the U.S. government poured $21.8 billion in aid into developing countries.

But that's only half the story. As a matter of fact, that's much less than half the story.

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Generous helping

Charity | Unlikely bestseller plants seeds of generosity worldwide
by Rusty Leonard
Posted 6/06/09, 12:00 am

Brian Kluth did not intend to write a best-selling book or build a ministry empire. In fact, his life work is all about combating the materialism that often produces a "bigger is better" mentality. "I want to help lead a generosity movement around the world," he says. "I hope to counter the secular materialism of our day, on the one hand, and to counter the prosperity gospel on the other."

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Plugging leaks

Charity | Watchdogs try to stop billions in losses to "ecclesiastical crime"
by Warren Cole Smith
Posted 5/23/09, 12:00 am

The largest Christian ministry in the world-Food For The Poor-takes in about $1 billion a year. The 500 largest Christian ministries in the world-according to in a combined total of about $15 billion.

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