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January 20, 2015

Survey Finds Generation Gap in Americans' Views on Giving

Young adults are more likely than older generations to believe people have an obligation to work to make the world a better place, according to a new Harris Poll on Americans' giving habits, reports The Wall Street Journal. Twenty-nine percent of millennials, ages 18 to 36, said people should feel a personal responsibility to get involved in social issues and causes, compared to 22 percent of Generation Xers (ages 37 to 49), 24 percent of baby boomers (ages 49 to 67), and "matures" (age 68-plus).

The survey of some 2,300 U.S. adults, conducted in July, also found a generation gap in charitable priorities, with older adults more than twice as likely as millennials and Gen Xers to focus on disaster relief, while education topped young adults' priorities. Over all, nine in 10 Americans made some sort of charitable contribution in the past two to three years, with about three-quarters giving used clothing, two-thirds money, and just over half food.