January 20, 2012

Newt Gingrich Donated 2.6% of Income to Charity in 2010

Newt Gingrich, the Republican presidential contender, and his wife, Callista, contributed $81,133 to charity in 2010, while the couple's foundation made $120,000 in grants, according to tax returns Mr. Gingrich released last night.

The Gingriches, who reported adjusted gross income of about $3.1-million, said they donated $9,540 to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, $3,100 to miscellaneous causes, and $68,493 in unspecified cash contributions through their business operations.

The Gingrich Foundation reported revenue of $152,609 in 2010, all from one of the candidate's companies, Gingrich Holdings—which shares the same address as the foundation in Washington. The grant maker gave money to 14 cultural, educational, and health charities, including the Alzheimer's Association, the Atlanta Ballet, and Luther College.

The tax form said Ms. Gingrich is the foundation's president and Mr. Gingrich, the former House speaker, is a board member and manager, and the organization had $97,834 in assets.  The only compensation reported was $1,800 for the foundation's treasurer, Sonya Harrison.

For more information on Mr. Gingrich's record and positions, see The Chronicle's examination of the charity records and views of the Republican presidential candidates.